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Indiana Supreme Court accepts 3 cases

April 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to three cases out of 13 this week and denied one by a 3-2 vote.
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COA: Decision will not have ‘unintended consequences’

April 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said a decision in a case that allows prisoners in an offender work program to enforce the statutory wage requirement would not have “unintended consequences” and reaffirmed its decision on rehearing.
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Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

April 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided between its liberal and conservative justices Monday over President Barack Obama's immigration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally.
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Justices extend ruling on repeat offenders' prison terms

April 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has extended its year-old ruling that makes people convicted of repeated violent crimes eligible for reduced prison terms.
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Florida artist suing Wine & Canvas for second time

April 15, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
A Florida artist again is suing the Indianapolis-based Wine & Canvas chain, claiming its owners infringed upon the copyrights of her paintings by using them at the chain's painting parties without her permission.
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COA: Man entitled to refund after property reclaimed

April 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a Vanderburgh Superior trial court Friday, ruling a man can claim a refund after the property he bought at a tax sale was reclaimed by the owner due to a clerical error.
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7th Circuit: Prison honor program does not discriminate

April 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of an Indiana prisoner’s claim that he wasn’t being provided equal protection compared to prisoners who are in an inmate “honor program” because he failed to state a claim.
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Man again wins tax claim in part; full decision awaits

April 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
Nick Popovich’s ongoing saga with the Indiana Tax Court continued Thursday as he again won a partial victory against the Indiana Department of State Revenue.
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Judge accepts 3rd plea deal in Granger party overdose case

April 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A South Bend judge has accepted a third plea agreement for a teenager accused of bringing drugs to a party that two brothers attended before dying of overdoses.
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Conour victims ask 7th Circuit for fees awarded to creditor

April 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared sympathetic to victims of former attorney William Conour during oral arguments Wednesday over legal fees that a District Court judge ordered paid to a Conour creditor rather than to defrauded clients who were shut out of the case.
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Telamon suffers new setback in $5M insurance lawsuit

April 14, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
A judge has dismissed the final count in a lawsuit that Carmel-based Telamon Corp. filed against its insurers in an effort to recoup more than $5 million in losses caused by a former employee’s thievery.
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COA: Fees can be charged in case without indigency hearing

April 14, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said an indigency hearing is not required before determining fees in a court case, though it should be conducted at some point, in a case where a man was charged more than $1,000 in court fees without a hearing. It also said the court cannot impose requirements that he maintain a “C” average in his school and have full-time employment.
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Maine senator restates support of hearings for Garland

April 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Maine Sen. Angus King says he is “more convinced than ever” that the Senate should hold nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
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Obama’s power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute

April 14, 2016
 Associated Press
The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally.
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US Attorney General Lynch commends Indianapolis police

April 14, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has commended the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s officer safety and wellness program.
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Judge gives Texas ‘affluenza’ teen nearly 2 years in jail

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday ordered a teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck to serve nearly two years in jail, a surprising sanction that far exceeds the several months in jail that prosecutors initially said they would pursue.
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Lawyers, judges visit schools to mark bicentennial

April 13, 2016
IL Staff
Lawyers and judges will visit schools around the state as part of the Indiana Supreme Court’s observation of Indiana’s bicentennial. The court announced Wednesday that more than 2,000 students will meet a judge or lawyer to learn more about the courts and judiciary.
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Judge clears ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright case for trial

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.
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COA: Venue convenience does not trump precedence

April 13, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said convenience does not trump precedence and reversed and remanded a transfer of venue that would have taken an auto insurance complaint from Marion to Johnson County.
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Police cleared in Fort Wayne gunman’s shooting death

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor has decided two police officers who fatally shot a Fort Wayne man last month won’t face charges because they acted in self-defense.
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Coats, Donnelly ask HUD to adopt new definition of RVs

April 13, 2016
U.S. Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly have asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to adopt a new definition of recreation vehicles they say is clear.
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Peabody, largest US coal miner, files for bankruptcy

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal miner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.
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Justices: Custody petition permitted during CHINS case

April 13, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court reversed a trial court, ruling an aunt and uncle could bring a custody action despite a child in need of services case that was pending for the child in Posey Circuit Court.
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Supreme Court upholds man’s death sentence

April 12, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed a man’s death sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to brutally murdering a woman.
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E-filing pleadings to be mandatory July 1

April 12, 2016
After deciding last week all appellate pleadings and motions would be available online at mycase.in.gov within the next 60 days, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Tuesday electronic filing of all pleadings to pending cases will become mandatory for all attorneys in Indiana appellate courts as well as Hamilton County Circuit and Superior Courts July 1.
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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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