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7th Circuit rules Title VII covers sexual orientation

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a landmark ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has found Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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Semifinalists set for second round of Supreme Court interviews

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
From a pool of 20 candidates to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court after Justice Robert Rucker retires, a little over half remain after the first round of interviews with members of the Judicial Nominating Commission last month.
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Fewer offenders paying user fees

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A money crunch hits probation and community corrections departments around Indiana as a result of less offenders paying fees.
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Disbarred Merrillville lawyer to face second mail fraud trial

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
The federal government will try again next month to convince a jury that disbarred Merrillville attorney Robert Stochel should be found guilty of mail fraud for allegedly embezzling more than $330,000 from a receivership he administered.
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Indianapolis officials, landowner lock horns over Brightwood library branch plan

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
Thousands each day drive past a sign on Sherman Avenue near 25th Street in Indianapolis bearing an unequivocal statement of Sheena Schmidt’s sentiments and an irritant for some city officials — a billboard-like placard that reads, “Say no to eminent domain.”
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20-year-old statute being increasingly used for public-private partnership agreements

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys have noticed use of Indiana Code 5-23, or the Build-Operate-Transfer statute, becoming more popular. Not only is it being used for more public-private partnerships, but it also gives cities and developers a great deal of flexibility in design and implementation.
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Lawyer stands behind his own rollover crash tests courts ruled inadmissible

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
New Albany attorney Dave Scott wanted to prove a point when he strapped himself behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Explorer that was pushed down an embankment, violently rolling over multiple times. Just to be safe, he later buckled into another Explorer that again was sent careening roof over wheels, rolling three times.
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Political group takes ‘robocall’ law challenge to SCOTUS

April 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A political advocacy group that wants to strike down Indiana’s ban on robocalls has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the state law it calls the most restrictive in the nation.
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Supreme Court announces schedule for 2nd round of vacancy interviews

April 4, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will move to the next step in the process of selecting three finalists to fill an impending vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court during its second round of semifinalists interviews later this month.
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Judge awards $850,000 to 8 fired Anderson city workers

April 4, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled the city of Anderson must pay about $850,000 to eight people who were fired when a new mayor took office in 2012.
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COA affirms neglect conviction against man with intellectual disability

April 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the felony neglect conviction of a Wayne County man with a mild intellectual disability, finding that the state presented sufficient evidence to prove that he knowingly neglected his child leading to the boy’s death, and that the testimony of two medical experts was proper.
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COA to hold oral arguments at Valparaiso

April 3, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals “Appeals on Wheels” program will take the state’s second-highest court to Valparaiso this week.
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ACLU, Planned Parenthood praise preliminary injunction against abortion law

April 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
Pro-choice advocates are celebrating a “major victory” for a woman’s right to choose Monday after a federal judge blocked a portion of an Indiana abortion regulation that would have required women to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion procedure.
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US Supreme Court rejects bid to revive ballot selfies ban

April 3, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected New Hampshire's bid to revive a law prohibiting voters from taking selfies pictures with their completed ballots.
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Judge's ruling ends civil suit against former Irwin Union bank officers

April 3, 2017
Susan Orr
An Indianapolis judge has ruled in favor of three former Irwin Union Bank & Trust Co. executives, closing the book on a civil suit that the bank’s bankruptcy trustee originally filed in 2011.
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Federal judge blocks another Indiana abortion regulation

April 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against an Indiana law requiring women to have ultrasounds at least 18 hours before having an abortion, holding that the regulation places an undue burden on low-income women.
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Public-private partnership proposed for Indy justice center

March 31, 2017
IL Staff
Marion County’s proposed criminal justice center should be financed through a public-private partnership, the task force studying the proposal announced Friday.
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Couples file reply brief in birth certificate dispute

March 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The married female same-sex couples fighting Indiana’s birth certificate statute have filed their brief with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Judge approves $25M Trump University settlement

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.
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Indiana justices discipline suspended Chicago attorney

March 31, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed reciprocal discipline on a Chicago-based attorney who is also licensed in Indiana after she was suspended from the practice of law in Illinois.
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Trump appeals Hawaii judge's new ruling blocking travel ban

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday appealed the latest court ruling against his revised travel ban to the same court that refused to reinstate the original version.
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Sessions: Ferguson emblem of tense relationship with police

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
Ferguson, Missouri, has become "an emblem of the tense relationship" between law enforcement and those it serves, especially minority communities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday during a visit to St. Louis.
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Bill on student religious freedom clears Indiana Senate

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill on religious freedom in public and charter schools that originally included a contentious school prayer provision.
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Halting cold beer sales at Ricker’s trickier than expected

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
A top Indiana Republican is suggesting the Legislature may not be able to stop the convenience store chain Ricker’s from selling cold beer before the end of session.
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Local Roche units sue pharmacies over alleged test-strip scheme

March 31, 2017
John Russell, IBJ Staff
Two Indianapolis-based subsidiaries of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Group are accusing a group of pharmacies and supply houses of engaging in an elaborate scheme to defraud Roche of millions of dollars in sales on diabetes test strips.
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