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Descendant of Supreme Court justice apologizes for Dred Scott

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
The family of the chief justice who presided over the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott decision 160 years ago apologized to the family of a slave who tried to sue for his freedom.
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Man gets 190 years for killing 3 in Fort Wayne robbery

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has sentenced an Indiana man to 190 years in prison following his convictions on three counts of murder.
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Corrections health firm to lay off nearly 700 Indiana employees

March 7, 2017
Mason King
The health care provider for the Indiana Department of Corrections has lost its contract with the state and plans to lay off nearly 700 employees by the end of the month.
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West Lafayette council aims to make immigrants feel welcome

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
The West Lafayette City Council has passed a resolution that aims to make immigrants feel welcome and safe.
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Kokomo, Howard County officials approve bar smoking ban

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
Officials in a central Indiana county have approved a ban on smoking in all bars and private clubs.
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US Supreme Court scraps case on transgender bathroom rights

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen's case to a lower court without reaching a decision, leaving in limbo the issue of transgender rights in school settings.
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Justices take case against Duke Energy, deny transfer to lesbians’ custody case

March 6, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide if a complaint against Duke Energy will be allowed to continue after granting transfer to the class-action suit last week. It also declined to take a parenting time and custody battle between two women over their child born by artificial insemination.
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Justices remand Bloomington property partition dispute

March 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman’s case to partition and sell a Bloomington property will continue after the Indiana Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s finding that the husband and wife with whom the woman purchased the property were not tenants by the entireties of the property.
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Justice Department backs off request to halt ‘bathroom bill’

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration is taking steps to drop the federal government’s legal fight against North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.”
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SCOTUS: Jury secrecy no bar to looking into race bias

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A juror's use of racial or ethnic slurs during deliberations over a defendant’s guilt can be a reason for breaching the centuries-old legal principle of secrecy in the jury room, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
Inefficiency witnessed by the Associated Press writer over two days in one of the nation's busiest immigration courts illustrate systemic dysfunction. More than half a million cases weigh down court dockets across the country as President Donald Trump steps up enforcement of immigration laws.
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Trump signs new travel ban, targets those seeking new visas

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program.
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Tax Court returns to IU Maurer for hearing in new CVS case

March 6, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Tax Court will return to Bloomington this week to hear another case involving the Monroe County Assessor and the CVS Corporation.
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IU Maurer alum donates $1 million for ethics curriculum

March 6, 2017
IL Staff
An alumnus of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law has made a $1 million donation to the school to allow it to continue to build its ethics and professionalism curriculum.
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Notre Dame, IU Maurer in top 50 for big law jobs

March 6, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A pair of Indiana law schools are among the top 50 institutions in sending graduates to work in the biggest law firms in the country.
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Tax Court rules against steelworkers hall exemptions

March 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Porter County union cannot receive property tax exemptions on its meeting hall for the 2008 and 2010 tax years after the Indiana Tax Court held Friday that the property’s functions were largely used for the benefit of union members.
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Experienced applicants file for Supreme Court vacancy

March 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
Sixteen men and five women applied to succeed Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, the Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday.
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Deadlocked justices reinstate COA order allowing juvenile arrest expungement

March 3, 2017
IL Staff
After the four participating justices who heard arguments in an expungement case Thursday became deadlocked over the case’s proper disposition, the Indiana Supreme Court reinstated the Court of Appeals order granting a juvenile expungement petition.
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Indiana judge rejects man's plea deal in crash that killed 3

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A western Indiana judge has rejected a man's plea agreement in a one-vehicle crash that killed his three teenage passengers in 2015.
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21 apply for Indiana Supreme Court vacancy

March 3, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday that 21 people applied to succeed Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court vacancy.
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COA orders trial court to comply with Trial Rule 59 in custody case

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Putnam Superior Court must reconsider a motion to correct error on a child custody modification motion, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday, because the trial court did not provide a reason for granting the motion to correct.
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Justices reverse suppression of man’s admission to driving under the influence

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has reversed a motion to suppress evidence of a man’s admission to driving under the influence at a sobriety checkpoint, holding that the brief and public nature of the checkpoint did not require police officers to give the man a Miranda warning.
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After rehearing, COA reaffirms judgment in favor of Barnes & Thornburg

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
After granting a rehearing to adopt a previous holding by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday reaffirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Barnes & Thornburg LLP on a legal malpractice claim.
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Justices consider whether arrest after filing can halt expungement

March 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana Supreme Court justices focused on the phrase “upon receipt” in analyzing whether an expungement must be granted to a qualified petitioner. But they also puzzled over whether the Legislature would have intended the second-chance statute to extend to people who have subsequent run-ins with the law.
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COA: Trial court can hear complaint stemming from bankruptcy proceedings

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has instructed the Delaware Circuit Court to hear a case stemming from the sale of interests in a bankruptcy proceeding after determining that the trial court has jurisdiction over the complaint.
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  1. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

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