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Judge reduces convicted kidnapper's sentence; man to be freed

April 13, 2015
 Associated Press
A northwest Indiana judge has cleared the way for a man serving three life sentences on rape and kidnapping convictions to be freed after nearly four decades in prison.
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Theft conviction reversed based on lack of evidence

April 10, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man accused of stealing a rangefinder from a southern Indiana Rural King had his conviction reversed Friday by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The judges concluded there was insufficient evidence to support Jeremy Middleton’s conviction.
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Man’s affidavit entered after final order requires reversal of summary judgment

April 10, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court abused its discretion when it did not allow a set of parents to introduce the affidavit from their son, who allegedly suffered a brain injury from an attack, after he was able to remember the night of the incident. The affidavit was submitted shortly after a final judgment was entered in their lawsuit against the alleged attacker.
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COA revises sentence for molestation of stepson

April 10, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals found sufficient evidence as well as no errors by the trial court in affirming five molestation convictions of a man involving his stepson. But, the judges believed his nearly 100-year sentence needs revised.
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Tax Court puts certain ESPN records under seal

April 10, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Because the records ESPN Productions Inc. seeks to keep from public disclosure in its appeal of taxes assessed against it contain trade secrets, the Indiana Tax Court on Thursday granted the company's request to put most of records at issue under seal.
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AIT, former execs rack up nearly $5M in legal costs

April 10, 2015
IBJ Staff, J.K. Wall
AIT Laboratories and its former executives have already incurred nearly $5 million defending themselves against charges by the U.S. Department of Labor that AIT founder Michael Evans sold the company to its employees at an inflated price.
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Reporter subpoenaed to testify, give notes in murder case

April 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A reporter for a northern Indiana newspaper has been subpoenaed to testify and turn over interview notes and recordings as part of story she wrote about a homicide investigation.
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Justice Center needs additional bid process for key offices

April 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
The proposed criminal justice center deal before the Indianapolis City-County Council will be just the first of at least two long-term, multi-million dollar contracts. A second contract to be presented to the council later is expected to increase total construction costs by $35 million to $54 million.
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Sotomayor says US Supreme Court gets politicized by others

April 10, 2015
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says any sense that the court is political comes from outside groups, not the justices themselves.
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Change of venue denied for man charged in woman's death

April 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana judge has rejected a change of venue request for a man charged in the death of a pregnant Sullivan woman.
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Indiana school district will appeal teacher firing ruling

April 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana school district is appealing a federal court ruling that it violated a teacher's rights when he was fired in 2013.
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Judges divided over whether man can belatedly appeal infraction

April 9, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The majority on the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded that a man challenging a traffic infraction could challenge it on belated appeal, but the dissenting judge believed broadening the post-conviction rules would put additional strain on limited judicial resources.
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Split court reinstates guilty but mentally ill verdict

April 9, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday concluded that based on circumstantial evidence, a jury could have reasonably found a northern Indiana man guilty but mentally ill of attempted murder, despite testimony from experts that the man was insane at the time of the 2004 shootings.
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COA now recording select 'Appeals on Wheels' arguments

April 9, 2015
IL Staff
When the Indiana Court of Appeals hits the road to hear arguments, some of those will now be recorded and archived online.
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Justices order more proceedings on fees owed to law firm

April 9, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court noted that a trial court did not take into account caselaw when it denied an Indianapolis firm’s request for quantum meruit relief.
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Special review panel advances Indy justice center plan

April 9, 2015
Kathleen McLaughlin, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats are getting nearer to their most difficult vote of the election year, as their own adviser tells them that a new criminal justice facility – however it’s built – could cost the city more money than expected down the road.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombing

April 8, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty Wednesday in the 2013 terror attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
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COA: IURC improperly approved utility’s 7-year plan

April 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
In the appeal of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s decision to approve rate increases requested by a northern Indiana utility group under a new statute, the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded the commission erred in approving a seven-year plan that only gave specifics about year one.
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Court declines to interfere in former pastor’s breach of contract suit

April 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Greensburg pastor who filed a complaint against his former church after they terminated his contract was not able to prove to the Court of Appeals that the courts could review his claims without reference to either church law or doctrine.
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Court affirms amount of heroin attributable to defendant

April 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin could not convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that the trial court incorrectly found him to be responsible for buying and selling at least 1,040 grams of heroin over a six-year period.
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Known loss doctrine bars claim against insurers

April 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The insurers of a company that purchased property it knew was contaminated are not required to defend or indemnify the company regarding the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s remediation action, the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded Wednesday.
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New criminal code not applicable to offenses committed prior to enactment

April 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana General Assembly explicitly stated that the revised criminal code does not apply to penalties, crimes or proceedings that began before the effective date of July 1, 2014, so a man is not entitled to be sentenced under the more-favorable criminal code, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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Man sues ex-sheriff, others over probe of his father's death

April 8, 2015
 Associated Press
The son of a central Indiana man whose death was originally ruled a suicide is suing a former sheriff, a county coroner and four deputies who investigated his death.
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Former Indiana nose doctor to serve probation in Florida

April 8, 2015
 Associated Press
A former northwestern Indiana nose surgeon who pleaded guilty three years ago to 22 counts of health care fraud after disappearing while vacationing in Greece will be allowed to serve the remainder of his probation in Florida.
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Supporters: Justice Center needed now, will boost downtown Indianapolis

April 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
Representatives of legal, business and labor organizations said the proposed Marion County Criminal Justice Complex is a long-delayed and necessary development that would employ thousands and pump up downtown Indianapolis by vacating outdated jail and court facilities.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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