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COA reverses woman’s conviction for violation of protective order

May 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman who sent an email to the board of elders of her former church did not violate the church pastor’s protective order against her because the email was intended for the elders, not the pastor, a divided Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Teen facing felony after shot fleeing police in Elkhart County

May 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A fleeing driver who was shot and wounded by a railroad police officer is a 13-year-old boy who will face at least one felony charge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
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Supreme Court reverses denial of motion to suppress in gun-tip case

May 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
Evidence of a man’s illegal possession of a handgun must be suppressed at his trial on remand after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the evidence was obtained in violation of constitutional protections.
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Harsher sentences could result from guidance weighed by US

May 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a departure from Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and reshape the criminal justice system.
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Residents threaten lawsuit against city of Indianapolis over flood wall project

May 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
A group of residents from a northern Indianapolis suburb are threatening legal action against the city if it moves forward with its plans for a flood wall along a canal, a plan they say could subject their homes to serious flood damage.
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US Appeals Court holds crisis bailout of AIG lawful

May 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has upheld as lawful the government's bailout of American International Group in the heat of the financial crisis. It overturned a lower-court decision favoring the insurance giant's former CEO.
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Appeals court affirms denial of workers’ comp benefits

May 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board’s decision to deny workers’ compensation benefits to a man after determining that his medical problems were not related to an on-the-job injury in 2010.
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Court rules Notre Dame must allow dismissed student to take final exams

May 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
A senior at the University of Notre Dame will sit for the last two final exams of his undergraduate career this week after a federal judge ruled the university could not prevent him from taking the exams even though he was dismissed from the campus after a disciplinary action.
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Trump moves to get more conservatives on federal bench

May 9, 2017
IL Staff
The Trump administration Monday named 10 judges and other law professionals it plans to nominate for key posts as President Donald Trump works to place more conservatives on the nation’s federal courts.
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Appeals court hears arguments on Trump's revised travel ban

May 8, 2017
 Associated Press
After a series of stinging legal defeats, President Donald Trump's administration hopes to convince a federal appeals court that his travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is motivated by national security, not religion.
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Supreme Court celebrates Rucker’s service at retirement ceremony

May 8, 2017
IL Staff
Justice Robert Rucker’s retirement ceremony in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom Monday included compliments, honors, well wishes and singing.
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Reports: Trump to nominate Notre Dame professor to 7th Circuit

May 8, 2017
IL Staff
President Donald Trump reportedly plans to nominate Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Charges dropped against wife in judge-threat case

May 8, 2017
IL Staff
The wife of an Indiana Court of Appeals judge is no longer facing criminal charges for allegedly making threats against the judge that she told police were made by their son-in-law.
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7th Circuit considers allowing TV coverage

May 8, 2017
 Associated Press
The Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is looking into allowing TV cameras to cover some of its proceedings.
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COA corrects erroneous conclusion in footnote in post-conviction case

May 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
After granting rehearing to correct an error in a footnote of an earlier opinion, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed its March decision to give a Franklin County man a second chance at post-conviction relief.
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Birch Bayh to be honored at 25th Amendment celebration

May 8, 2017
IL Staff
Former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh will be honored this week by the American Bar Association for his work as an attorney and for being the only non-founding father to draft two enacted amendments to the Constitution.
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Supreme Court remands 1995 murder case for new trial

May 5, 2017
A man convicted of murder more than 20 years ago will have a new trial after the Indiana Supreme Court held Friday that his trial counsel performed deficiently and his appeal was not barred by the doctrine of laches.
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GOP-led House panel votes to overhaul Dodd-Frank

May 5, 2017
 Associated Press
House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law.
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J&J loses $110M verdict over talc cancer-link claim

May 5, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a St. Louis jury to pay more than $110 million to a Virginia woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum products.
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COA rejects self-defense claim against battery charge

May 5, 2017
 Associated Press
A man who punched a racer at a southern Indiana racing track cannot claim self-defense to rebut his battery charge because the facts show that the man was the initial aggressor against the racer, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday.
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7th Circuit affirms tax fraud convictions

May 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the convictions and sentence of a man convicted on three tax fraud charges, finding that the district court properly excluded evidence of his corporate “meeting minutes.”
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Rucker farewell celebration Monday

May 5, 2017
IL Staff
A retirement celebration for Justice Robert D. Rucker, who will step down from the Indiana Supreme Court May 12, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Supreme Court Courtroom.
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Justices create framework for determining admissibility of immigration status

May 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
After reversing a trial court’s decision to admit a plaintiff’s unauthorized immigrant status as evidence in his case for decreased earning capacity damages, the Indiana Supreme Court laid out a new framework Thursday for determining when immigration status can be admissible.
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COA recommends judge's recusal in remand of motion to contest adoption

May 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a 41-page opinion handed down Thursday, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a putative father’s motion to contest adoption, finding that the adoptive parents had caused delays in the court proceedings and also noting that the judge in the case should have recused himself to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
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COA affirms summary judgment to parents in family land dispute

May 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a yearslong dispute between northern Indiana parents and their daughter and son-in-law, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the grant of partial summary judgment to the parents, finding that a real estate contract between the two couples was unenforceable.
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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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