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Federal judge denies declaratory judgment to former Supreme Court employee

February 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has officially denied declaratory judgment to a former Indiana Supreme Court employee alleging disability discrimination on the part of state judicial leaders.
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High court reverses termination of father’s parental rights

February 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Montgomery County father’s parental rights have been restored after the Indiana Supreme Court held Friday that lower courts erred in granting and affirming the Department of Child Services’ petition to terminate them.
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Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation from terrorism.
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Law firm miscue in small claims case gets no relief on appeal

February 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
A law firm that failed to respond to an Allen County small claims court’s inquiry about settlement discussions because the attorney handling the case had left the firm got no relief Friday from the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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House passes $20 hourly fee for public records searches

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana House on Thursday passed a measure that would bill journalists and the public a $20-per-hour rate for records requests under open government laws if the requests take more than two hours to complete.
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Police search Delphi home, seek tips in girls’ killings

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Authorities who searched a home in northern Indiana said Friday they found few clues in the killing of two teenage girls whose bodies were found on a trail where they had been dropped off to go hiking.
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Gary girl in Amber Alert charged with mother's killing

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
A 15-year-old Gary girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been charged in the stabbing death of her mother.
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Semi driver gets 10-year sentence for crash that killed 5

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana semi-truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people in northern Illinois has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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Justices consider life without parole sentence in Richmond Hill appeal

February 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
As the Indiana judicial system enters its fifth year of prosecuting individuals involved in the deadly 2012 Richmond Hill home explosion in Indianapolis that killed two and damaged dozens of homes, one of the leading culprits is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to reconsider his sentence for his role in the deaths.
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7th Circuit affirms conviction of man who threatened to blow up courthouse on social media

February 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man who wrote a Facebook post threatening to blow up an Indiana courthouse and kill several judicial and law enforcement officials cannot have his sentence overturned on the basis of the jury instruction, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, because the instruction adequately described the man’s actions.
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Fight over Knightstown demolition sent back to trial court

February 16, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man who owns a building on Knightstown’s Main Street can proceed with his lawsuit after the town lost some rulings in its favor on interlocutory appeal.
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COA tosses conviction after unlawful arrest

February 16, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Testimony of police officers who stopped a man for walking on the wrong side of the road, then arrested him for intimidation and resisting law enforcement should not have been admitted at trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Tax Court grants partial reimbursement on discovery enforcement motions

February 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Tax Court has awarded reimbursement fees to both the University of Phoenix Inc. and the Indiana Department of State Revenue after finding that the two entities were entitled to reimbursement on some, though not all, of the discovery enforcement motions filed in their litigation.
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Justices rule against woman injured by karate kick

February 16, 2017
Dave Stafford
A woman who sued a karate classmate when she was injured by his jump-kick cannot prove recklessness, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday, extending its jurisprudence applied to torts arising from sports injuries.
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Ex-Marion County court workers charged in ticket-fixing scheme

February 16, 2017
Dave Stafford
Two former Marion County traffic court bailiffs have been charged with dozens of felonies in a ticket-fixing scandal, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Thursday.
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COA orders man to pay remaining balance on lease of totaled car

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed an order requiring a man to pay the remaining balance on the lease of a woman’s car after he totaled it in a collision for which he was found to be completely at fault.
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Supreme Court reverses requirement for juvenile to register as a sex offender

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A juvenile sex offender will not be required to add his name to Indiana’s sex offender registry after the Indiana Supreme Court decided Wednesday that the state had not met the requirements for juvenile registration.
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Court of Appeals reverses convictions after due process violation

February 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a man’s convictions of neglect of a dependent and battery after finding that his due process rights were violated when the state withdrew its plea agreement after he had pleaded guilty.
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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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Geyh, testifying for judicial reform, warns of Trump’s criticism

February 15, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor Charles Geyh testified in favor of several federal court reforms Tuesday before a congressional panel on the judiciary. He also used the opportunity to warn that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric threatened to undermine confidence and independence in the judicial branch.
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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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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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