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COA finalists await governor's selection

June 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
Two trial court judges with a breadth of experience hearing criminal and civil matters and a public defender who’s tried hundreds of appeals are finalists to be the next Indiana Court of Appeals judge.
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Taft bolsters IP practice with 10 lawyers from rival firm

June 17, 2015
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP has pulled off a major coup in the Indianapolis legal community by taking half the intellectual property practice from rival law firm Krieg DeVault LLP.
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Tax on out-of-state earnings may be illegal under SCOTUS ruling

June 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
Thousands of Hoosiers with out-of-state earnings may have paid tens of millions of dollars in illegal tax, but whether litigating the issue will be worthwhile remains a question for experts in tax law, accounting and public policy.
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McDonald takes ITLA leadership

June 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
James O. McDonald of Terre Haute has represented plaintiffs for more than four decades, and now the lawyer represents the state’s plaintiffs’ bar as president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.
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Immunity laws flourishing in Indiana

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
ITLA task force examines number of protections in the Indiana Code.
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Annexation law gives landowners more clout

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Forty-nine days after the start of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly, many landowners fighting municipalities around the state got what they wanted. But language ending involuntary incorporation was stripped from the bill.
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Waiting for SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage

June 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Evansville Police Sgt. Karen Vaughn-Kajmowicz and her wife, Tammy, battled the Indiana General Assembly’s effort to add the “one-man, one-woman” definition of marriage to the state constitution and eventually joined one of the lawsuits against the state to end the ban on same-sex marriage.
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Former St. Joseph County couple may divorce in Hamilton County

June 16, 2015
Dave Stafford
A couple married 45 years who lived in St. Joseph County until the husband moved several months ago may divorce in Hamilton County, where he moved, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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State courts roll out new public information web portal

June 16, 2015
IL Staff
A new one-stop public state courts Internet portal allows users to search trial and appellate court cases, apply for marriage licenses, pay traffic tickets and take care of other court business.
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Convicted gang member sentenced to 6 life terms in prison

June 16, 2015
 Associated Press
A high-ranking Imperial Gangster from northwestern Indiana has been sentenced to six consecutive life terms in prison for the deaths of five men while taking part in drug trafficking.
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2 testify about being unable to rescue Indianapolis man

June 16, 2015
 Associated Press
Two men testified Monday about their unsuccessful efforts to rescue a man trapped in his Indianapolis basement after his house was rocked by an explosion at a neighbor's home in what defense attorneys have said was an insurance fraud plan gone awry.
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Judge refuses to dismiss Indiana BMV overcharges lawsuit

June 16, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge refused on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles overcharged drivers by tens of millions of dollars for fees and services.
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Justices take dispute over county road

June 15, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to a not-for-publication Court of Appeals decision over whether a gravel drive to a landlocked 40 rural acres in Jackson County is a public road by use.
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High court rules against law firm in bankruptcy fee fight

June 15, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that one of the nation’s biggest law firms is not entitled to recover $5.2 million in legal fees it incurred in the course of a bankruptcy proceeding.
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7th Circuit revives Anderson transit worker’s ADA claim

June 15, 2015
Dave Stafford
A mechanic's helper with the City of Anderson Transit System won the right to pursue his claims that his firing violated his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Supreme Court won’t revive North Carolina abortion law

June 15, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday rejected an appeal from North Carolina to revive a requirement that abortion providers show and describe an ultrasound to a pregnant woman before she has an abortion.
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Ruling on robocalls expected this week

June 15, 2015
IL Staff
After an extended wait, the FCC plans to issue a ruling this week that may put an end to robocalls, scam text messages and telemarketing calls to home phones. Unwanted calls and telephone harassment continue to be the most common complaint received by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, reaching more than 13,000 filed complaints last year.
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SCOTUS: Immigration deadlines can be extended

June 15, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that federal appeals courts have authority to decide whether people facing deportation should be able to extend the deadlines in immigration proceedings.
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Court rules spouse can’t protest husband’s visa denial

June 15, 2015
 Associated Press
A California woman can’t challenge the government’s decision to deny a visa to her spouse from Afghanistan, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday.
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Former nursing home employee faces forgery, fraud charges

June 15, 2015
 Associated Press
A former employee at a southeastern Indiana nursing home faces charges alleging that she bilked the home's elderly residents out of nearly $10,000 in Medicare funds.
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Indiana woman sues township over urine sample rule

June 15, 2015
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana woman is suing a township trustee's office, alleging that she was denied government assistance because her disabilities prevented her from providing a required urine sample for a drug screening test.
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Bisard exhausts appeals as justices deny transfer

June 15, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer David Bisard, who was convicted of killing one motorcyclist and seriously injuring two others while driving drunk in his police cruiser.
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Jury foreman sent to jail for 30 days for using cellphone

June 12, 2015
 Associated Press
The foreman of a North Carolina jury is spending 30 days in jail because he used his cellphone in the jury room.
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Appeals court sets aside conviction of bin Laden assistant

June 12, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court on Friday set aside the military commission conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who allegedly produced an al-Qaida recruiting video and served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant and public relations secretary.
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Reversal: IDACS error no basis to suppress meth evidence

June 12, 2015
Dave Stafford
Southern Indiana authorities who arrested a man for buying pseudoephedrine had probable cause even though the suspect had not been convicted of a prior methamphetamine charge, as a state database reported.
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  1. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  2. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

  3. She must be a great lawyer

  4. Ind. Courts - "Illinois ranks 49th for how court system serves disadvantaged" What about Indiana? A story today from Dave Collins of the AP, here published in the Benton Illinois Evening News, begins: Illinois' court system had the third-worst score in the nation among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, according to new rankings. Illinois' "Justice Index" score of 34.5 out of 100, determined by the nonprofit National Center for Access to Justice, is based on how states serve people with disabilities and limited English proficiency, how much free legal help is available and how states help increasing numbers of people representing themselves in court, among other issues. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 and was followed by Hawaii, Minnesota, New York and Delaware, respectively. Local courts in Washington, D.C., had the highest overall score at 80.9. At the bottom was Oklahoma at 23.7, followed by Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana. ILB: That puts Indiana at 46th worse. More from the story: Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee and Maine had perfect 100 scores in serving people with disabilities, while Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, Missouri and Idaho had the lowest scores. Those rankings were based on issues such as whether interpretation services are offered free to the deaf and hearing-impaired and whether there are laws or rules allowing service animals in courthouses. The index also reviewed how many civil legal aid lawyers were available to provide free legal help. Washington, D.C., had nearly nine civil legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty, the highest rate in the country. Texas had the lowest rate, 0.43 legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty. http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2014/11/ind_courts_illi_1.html

  5. A very thorough opinion by the federal court. The Rooker-Feldman analysis, in particular, helps clear up muddy water as to the entanglement issue. Looks like the Seventh Circuit is willing to let its district courts cruise much closer to the Indiana Supreme Court's shorelines than most thought likely, at least when the ADA on the docket. Some could argue that this case and Praekel, taken together, paint a rather unflattering picture of how the lower courts are being advised as to their duties under the ADA. A read of the DOJ amicus in Praekel seems to demonstrate a less-than-congenial view toward the higher echelons in the bureaucracy.

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