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Technology erases need for ‘ancient document’ rule

August 14, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A longstanding yet rarely invoked federal rule of evidence allowed the admission of an “ancient document” if it was more than 20 years old and appeared to be authentic. However, in an age when decades-old information is easily accessible electronically, a review committee has concluded the exception could be abused.
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7th Circuit won’t reinstate Lauren Spierer family’s lawsuit

August 14, 2015
Dave Stafford
A civil lawsuit filed by the parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer was properly decided in favor of defendants who were among the last people to see her, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Police deadly force justified against suicidal man

August 14, 2015
Dave Stafford
Police who shot and killed a suicidal man in his Cloverdale home were justified in using deadly force under the circumstances, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Fired Polaris technician wins reversal at 7th Circuit

August 14, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A former Indianapolis lab technician presented enough evidence to support her claims of discrimination and retaliation that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned summary judgment in favor of her former employer.
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Prosecutor: No charges in South Bend police wiretap case

August 14, 2015
 Associated Press
Criminal charges won’t be pursued against a former South Bend police chief in a case of wiretapping within the police department, a special prosecutor ruled.
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Life sentence ordered in deadly Indianapolis house blast

August 14, 2015
 Associated Press
The man convicted of planning a massive Indianapolis house explosion that killed two neighbors was sentenced Friday to life without parole.
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Agreement means what it says, COA rules

August 14, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
While the Indiana Court of Appeals conceded the severance agreement was “not a model of precision,” it disagreed with a trial court’s conclusion that the agreement contained a mistake.
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Molestation charge dropped against committed incompetent defendant

August 14, 2015
Dave Stafford
A child molestation charge must be dropped against an incompetent defendant who’s been in psychiatric hospitals longer than he could have been imprisoned had he been convicted, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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7th Circuit divided over appeal from death row inmate

August 13, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A split 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an inmate on Indiana’s death row a chance for a new trial, finding the exclusion of a witness’s videotaped interview which could have possibly exonerated him was inadmissible as hearsay.
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Toyota dealership relocation to Fishers divides appeals court

August 13, 2015
Dave Stafford
Whether three competing greater Indianapolis Toyota dealers may block the relocation of another Toyota franchise from Anderson to Fishers divided a panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday.
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Divided COA panel reverses modification of support

August 13, 2015
Dave Stafford
A judge who ordered a modification of child support after a father told the court he was moving out of state and intended to seek custody of a minor child acted prematurely, a Court of Appeals panel majority ruled Thursday.
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National MLP conference selects Indianapolis; concerned about RFRA

August 13, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Just a few months after getting a national award, the medical-legal partnership program in Indiana is getting another boost.
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Third lawsuit filed in Medical Informatics data hack

August 13, 2015
 Associated Press
A third lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed against a Fort Wayne-based medical software company over a data breach involving patient information.
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Governor: New Statehouse doors about public safety

August 13, 2015
 Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence says his administration's request to spend nearly $875,000 on new doors for the Indiana Statehouse is “about putting public safety first.”
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Pence authorizes hiring 113 new DCS caseworkers

August 13, 2015
IL Staff
Governor Mike Pence Thursday announced the authorization of 113 additional Department of Child Services caseworkers to meet the demand caused by increased cases across the state. DCS will present its annual report to the State Budget Committee Friday.
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In estate case, Tax Court upholds ruling against state

August 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
A probate court ruled correctly when it denied the state’s argument that distributions to heirs from a trust established in 2008 should have been subject to Indiana’s estate tax, which has since been abolished.
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Kennedy named to Redistricting Committee

August 12, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union has been appointed to a special committee charged with examining the method Indiana uses to draw legislative and congressional districts.
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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor will appear at Notre Dame

August 12, 2015
 Associated Press
Supreme Court of the United States Justice Sonia Sotomayor will take part in a moderated discussion at the University of Notre Dame in September.
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Judge rules Indiana lawmakers can keep emails private

August 12, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge has ruled that the Indiana House of Representatives can keep private a lawmaker's emails and other correspondence with utility company officials about proposed legislation.
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Board: Ohio judges can't choose marriage type they perform

August 12, 2015
 Associated Press
Judges who perform marriages in Ohio can't refuse to marry same-sex couples on personal or moral grounds or because of religious beliefs, according to a state judicial conduct board.
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Judge: Reinstate officer fired after Indiana inmate's death

August 12, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge has ordered the northwest Indiana city of Lake Station to reinstate a police officer who was fired following accusations he didn't seek medical help for an inmate who later died.
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Indianapolis panel overreached in adopting Millersville Plan

August 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
A landowner has successfully challenged the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission’s adoption of a plan that reduced potential residential development on 21 acres in the northeast-side community of Millersville.
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Friedlander reflects on half-century in law as retirement nears

August 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
Although he's set to retire later this month, COA Judge Ezra "Zeke" Friedlander will continue to serve as a senior judge. Marion Superior Judge Robert Altice will be taking his place.
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SWAT busted in 'disturbing' Evansville home raid

August 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
A violent, destructive and ultimately misguided SWAT team search of an Evansville home captured on helmet-cam video was “disturbing” and “cannot have helped race relations in Evansville,” a federal appeals court said July 31.
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Lawyer runs 155 miles through the Gobi Desert

August 12, 2015
Teryn Armstrong
In June, 53-year-old David McAvoy not only marked his 25th year working at Eli Lilly, he also participated in a 155-mile race through the largest desert region in Asia: the Gobi Desert.
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  1. The is an unsigned editorial masquerading as a news story. Almost everyone quoted was biased in favor of letting all illegal immigrants remain in the U.S. (Ignoring that Obama deported 3.5 million in 8 years). For some reason Obama enforcing part of the immigration laws was O.K. but Trump enforcing additional parts is terrible. I have listed to press conferences and explanations of the Homeland Security memos and I gather from them that less than 1 million will be targeted for deportation, the "dreamers" will be left alone and illegals arriving in the last two years -- especially those arriving very recently -- will be subject to deportation but after the criminals. This will not substantially affect the GDP negatively, especially as it will take place over a number of years. I personally think this is a rational approach to the illegal immigration problem. It may cause Congress to finally pass new immigration laws rationalizing the whole immigration situation.

  2. Mr. Straw, I hope you prevail in the fight. Please show us fellow American's that there is a way to fight the corrupted justice system and make them an example that you and others will not be treated unfairly. I hope you the best and good luck....

  3. @ President Snow - Nah, why try to fix something that ain't broken??? You do make an excellent point. I am sure some Mickey or Minnie Mouse will take Ruckers seat, I wonder how his retirement planning is coming along???

  4. Can someone please explain why Judge Barnes, Judge Mathias and Chief Judge Vaidik thought it was OK to re weigh the evidence blatantly knowing that by doing so was against the rules and went ahead and voted in favor of the father? I would love to ask them WHY??? I would also like to ask the three Supreme Justices why they thought it was OK too.

  5. How nice, on the day of my car accident on the way to work at the Indiana Supreme Court. Unlike the others, I did not steal any money or do ANYTHING unethical whatsoever. I am suing the Indiana Supreme Court and appealed the failure of the district court in SDIN to protect me. I am suing the federal judge because she failed to protect me and her abandonment of jurisdiction leaves her open to lawsuits because she stripped herself of immunity. I am a candidate for Indiana Supreme Court justice, and they imposed just enough sanction so that I am made ineligible. I am asking the 7th Circuit to remove all of them and appoint me as the new Chief Justice of Indiana. That's what they get for dishonoring my sacrifice and and violating the ADA in about 50 different ways.

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