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Tort Claims Act does not grant immunity for reckless conduct

January 27, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
The Indiana Court of Appeals held the Tort Claims Act does not grant immunity to law enforcement officers who fail to exercise reasonable care while driving.
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Webcasting allowed in 3 Lake County courtrooms

January 27, 2012
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court has announced a new 18-month pilot project allowing trial court proceedings to be webcast in three Lake County courtrooms.
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Appellate court orders new trial in child molesting case

January 27, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
A man who was convicted of Class C felony child molesting is entitled to a new trial, according to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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COA holds volunteer caretaker not entitled to damages

January 27, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court’s finding that a man was not entitled to damages for taking care of a blighted property.
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Super Bowl to affect IU law school building and parking accessibility

January 27, 2012
IL Staff
From 5 p.m. Friday through Jan. 29, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will be locked. The surface lot west of the school will also be closed through the weekend.
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IU Maurer to host federal sentencing talk

January 27, 2012
IL Staff
Indiana University Maurer School of Law will host 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Hamilton for a discussion on federal sentencing on Jan. 31. IU Maurer professor Ryan Scott will join Hamilton in discussing the comparative severity of federal prison sentences.
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Judge rules on summary judgment motions in IBM case

January 26, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The State of Indiana may be on the hook to pay IBM $40 million in subcontractor assignment fees per the contract it had with IBM to update the state’s welfare system, a contract the state cancelled in October 2009 because it wasn’t happy with results.
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ACLU of Indiana's First Wednesday to discuss homelessness

January 26, 2012
IL Staff
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will tackle the issue of homelessness at its First Wednesday discussion Feb. 1.
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Appellate court upholds denial of palliative care

January 26, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed that a man is not entitled to ongoing palliative care because he failed to specify what treatment he believes he needs.
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Judges uphold convictions for attempted trafficking with an inmate

January 25, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected a defendant’s argument that her Class C felony conviction of attempted trafficking with an inmate violates the proportionality clause of the Indiana Constitution.
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COA: Judge didn't err in rejecting master commissioner's sentence

January 25, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a Marion Superior judge did not err when she rejected a master commissioner’s sentence of a man who pleaded guilty to a drunk-driving charge because the master commissioner didn’t have the authority to enter a final judgment on the sentence.
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Indiana Tech's new law school will be on Ft. Wayne campus

January 25, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Tech officials announced Tuesday that the school will build a 70,000-square-foot, $15 million facility on its main campus in Ft. Wayne to house its new law school.
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Supreme Court takes 2 cases

January 24, 2012
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to two cases last week, in which they issued decisions, and denied transfer to eight other cases.
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Justices rule on Post-Conviction Rule 2

January 24, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court was divided in two ways in a case involving Indiana Post-Conviction Rule 2: on what standard to use to judge the performance of PCR 2 counsel and whether a defendant should be allowed to appeal the denial of his petition to file a belated direct appeal.
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COA webcasts to resume Wednesday

January 24, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
After being knocked offline for two months because of technical issues, Indiana Court of Appeals arguments will be webcast again beginning Jan. 25.
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COA: sentence waiver is valid

January 24, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a defendant’s petition for permission to file a belated notice of appeal, finding that she waived the right to challenge her sentence in a direct appeal.
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Judges reverse award of attorney fees

January 24, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the award of attorney fees to a daughter who was sued by her mother following a fall, finding there were no valid legal conclusions justifying the award.
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COA reverses guilty plea to Class A felony child molesting

January 24, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
Because a defendant repeatedly maintained his innocence to Class A felony child molesting at his guilty plea hearing but also pleaded guilty to the charge, the trial court erred in accepting his plea, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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Barnes-inspired legislation passes Senate on 3rd reading

January 23, 2012
IL Staff
The legislation created in response to a controversial Indiana Supreme Court ruling last year regarding defending against unlawful entry was approved 45-5 by the Senate on third hearing Monday.
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Magnus-Stinson to receive IBA Buchanan Award

January 23, 2012
IL Staff
U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson will receive the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence, the bar association has announced.
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SCOTUS rules on scope of sex offender registration law

January 23, 2012
Michael Hoskins
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that a federal law requiring sex offenders to update their registration when crossing states lines doesn’t automatically apply to those who committed their crimes before the law was passed.
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Justices adopt repayment plan in UPL case

January 23, 2012
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Supreme Court has adopted a repayment plan for an Indianapolis company it found engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, ordering officials to reimburse the state bar association and former clients during the next six years.
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Judge temporarily blocks fines for House boycott

January 20, 2012
Michael Hoskins
Marion Superior Judge David Dreyer has blocked the collection of a $1,000-a-day fine imposed on boycotting lawmakers in the Indiana House of Representatives, granting a temporary restraining order until he can hold a hearing on the merits of the issue next week.
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Justices: patient fund not entitled to set-off

January 20, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed a $1 million excess damages award from the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund to the estate of a man who died following a truck accident, determining the fund is not entitled to a reduction of the award to account for the 20 percent chance the man would have died even without the doctor’s negligence.
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Appellate court affirms juvenile committed theft, burglary

January 20, 2012
Jennifer Nelson
There was sufficient evidence to support the findings that a teenage girl committed what would be burglary and theft if committed by an adult, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday. The judges overturned the finding she carried a handgun without a license and ordered that the juvenile court correct its dispositional order.
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