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COA: All properties in stormwater district contribute to stormwater system

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
All property owners within a stormwater district “contribute to” the stormwater system, regardless of whether the property drains into the system, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday in a case that forces property owners in Richmond to pay a stormwater fee.
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Man's sentence challenge rejected by appellate court

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
In his third appeal before the Indiana Court of Appeals, a Marion County man’s sentence for rape, criminal deviate conduct and burglary have been affirmed after the appellate court found that a motion to correct sentence was not the appropriate remedy for his claim.
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Supreme Court agrees to hear civil forfeiture, expungement cases

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
The justices of the Indiana Supreme Court have agreed to decide whether the state should be allowed to seize a heroin dealer’s Land Rover as a fine for his drug crimes despite the fact that the vehicle is worth four times more than a statutory cap on fines.
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Supreme Court suspends disability rights attorney, rejects discrimination allegations

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
An attorney who claims the Indiana Supreme Court is seeking retaliatory action against him because of his work as a disability rights advocate has been suspended from the practice of law.
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Justices impose 3-year suspension on lawyer who took guardianship funds

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Warrick County attorney who was already suspended from the practice of law for failure to comply with court orders has been disciplined with an additional three-year suspension after he converted an elderly woman’s guardianship funds to himself.
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Anthem sues to block Cigna from terminating $48B merger

February 15, 2017
 Bloomberg News, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. further escalated its fight with Cigna Corp. on Wednesday morning, announcing it has filed a lawsuit in Delaware that seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent the Connecticut-based insurer from terminating their $48 billion merger.
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Cigna rejects $48B Anthem takeover, sues for damages

February 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Cigna says it is rejecting Anthem's proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer.
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COA: Dirty pictures allowed by Legislature

February 14, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Revisiting the question of whether sending sexually explicit photographs to a 16- or 17-year-old is permitted under state law, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld its earlier ruling by finding the Legislature’s inaction to amend the statute implies dirty pictures are suitable for these teens.
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COA affirms setback distance for Eastern Indiana wind farm

February 14, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Rush County zoning ruling requiring industrial wind turbines to be at least 2,300 feet from some people’s property lines. The judges emphasized that the zoning ordinances outline minimum distances and the zoning board is able to increase those distances when warranted.
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Applications being sought for federal judicial, US Attorney vacancies

February 14, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Sen. Todd Young is taking applications for several vacancies in federal court as well as U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal positions.
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JQC holds that live-Tweeting is not ‘broadcasting’

February 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
The use of instant electronic communication such as Twitter in courtrooms is not considered broadcasting under the Code of Judicial Conduct, but judges still have the discretion to reasonably regulate the use of such communication in their courtrooms, the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has held.
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COA affirms termination of parental rights

February 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the arguments of a father with a history of domestic violence and other criminal convictions who said evidence was improperly admitted to terminate parental rights to his three daughters.
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COA allows Vectren to move forward with coal-powered plants project

February 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana energy company can proceed with its plans to bring two of its coal-powered plants into compliance with federal emissions standards after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected an appeal to force the company to build natural gas plants instead.
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COA throws out jury’s $550,000 defamation, blacklisting verdict

February 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
A jury’s $550,000 defamation and blacklisting verdict in favor of a former school athletic director in northwestern Indiana was overturned Tuesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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7th Circuit rejects collateral attack

February 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a man’s petition for collateral relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel because the man failed to allege facts that proved his public defender did not provide proper counsel.
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Bill would allow lawmakers, staff to carry guns in Capitol

February 13, 2017
IL Staff
Lawmakers and legislative staff would be permitted to carry guns in the Statehouse and Indiana’s Capitol complex under a bill that will be heard by a Senate committee this week.
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Arrestee DNA collection bill clears House panel

February 13, 2017
IL Staff
The House Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 11-0 in favor of a proposal to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested and charged with a felony.
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ACLU is seeing a Trump-era surge in members and donations

February 13, 2017
 Associated Press
The nearly century-old American Civil Liberties Union says it is suddenly awash in donations and new members as it does battle with President Donald Trump over the extent of his constitutional authority, with nearly $80 million in online contributions alone pouring in since the election.
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Northwest Indiana county to create mental health court

February 13, 2017
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana county is moving forward with creating a court to adjudicate cases involving mentally ill individuals.
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7th Circuit affirms remand of veteran’s disability case

February 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Army National Guard veteran’s disability case is heading back to the Social Security Administration after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday the veteran was not entitled to disability benefits based solely on the disability rating he received from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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7th Circuit halts fraud restitution for ‘reckless’ Bank of America

February 13, 2017
Dave Stafford
Three defendants convicted of wire fraud in the purchase of 16 properties in Gary were clearly guilty of the crimes, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday threw out a restitution order in favor of Bank of America and urged the district court in Hammond to consider fining the defendants instead.
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Supreme Court nominee has defended free speech, religion

February 13, 2017
 Associated Press
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has been a defender of free speech and a skeptic of libel claims, an Associated Press review of his rulings shows. His record puts him at odds with President Donald Trump’s disdain for journalists and tendency to lash out at critics.
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Supreme Court reinstates suspended attorney

February 13, 2017
IL Staff
A Fishers attorney can once again practice law in Indiana after the Indiana Supreme Court reinstated him Friday.
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ISBA begins search for next executive director

February 10, 2017
IL Staff
Leaders of the Indiana State Bar Association are beginning the process of finding a new executive director.
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Lawyer for pardoned Cooper credits Holcomb, blasts Pence

February 10, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Chicago lawyer whose client won a pardon from Gov. Eric Holcomb for a wrongful conviction in a violent 1996 Elkhart robbery singled out Vice President Mike Pence for failing to act on clear evidence of Keith Cooper’s innocence while Pence was governor.
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