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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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Justices rule police may get cell location data without warrant

May 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A criminal suspect had no expectation of privacy regarding the cellphone location information police obtained without a warrant before his arrest, a divided Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a 3-2 opinion issued Thursday.
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Merrillville attorney convicted of mail fraud

May 4, 2017
IL Staff
A Merrillville attorney who was disbarred nearly two years ago for embezzling from a receivership has been convicted of mail fraud in federal court related to that theft.
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Huntington attorney suspended for work with Florida company

May 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
A northern Indiana attorney who was involved in a Florida-based legal scheme that purported to assist clients in foreclosure and bankruptcy matters has been suspended from the practice of law for 30 days, the second of five Indiana attorneys involved with the Florida group to be disciplined by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Indiana students fight to display pro-abortion rights sign

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Students at a suburban Indiana high school who were told they couldn't hang a pro-abortion rights sign in the cafeteria are turning to the courts, arguing that another student group was allowed to put up an anti-abortion sign last year.
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Indiana city court burdened with large caseload

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana city's municipal court is facing a caseload that far exceeds the combined number of pending cases for the rest of the city and town courts in its county.
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Groth's attorney not surprised by Supreme Court's denial of transfer

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court’s decision to deny transfer to an open records case involving former Gov. Mike Pence did not come as a surprise to those involved in or who had followed the case closely.
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Governor signs measure closing cold beer loophole

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislation closing the legal loophole used by the Ricker's convenience store chain to sell cold beer at two locations was signed into law by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who took the opportunity to also call for a review of the state's alcohol laws.
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7th Circuit dismisses juvenile’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a juvenile’s appeal of an order that he submit to a psychological examination, finding that the court does not yet have jurisdiction to hear the case.
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Magistrate Judge Baker appointed to federal board

May 3, 2017
IL Staff
United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has appointed Magistrate Judge Tim Baker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to the board of directors of the Federal Judicial Center, making him the only magistrate judge to hold a board position.
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Justices affirm life sentences for Richmond Hill mastermind

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The man convicted as the architect of a November 2012 home explosion that left two people dead and dozens of others injured will spend the rest of his life in prison after the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed his murder convictions and life without parole sentences on Tuesday.
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