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Family of dead Indiana man sues, claiming stun gun overuse

May 24, 2017
 Associated Press
The family of an Indiana man who died after police repeatedly used a stun gun on him filed a lawsuit Tuesday asserting that his constitutional rights were violated in an unprovoked "brutal and deadly assault."
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Trump budget hits legal aid and public service sectors

May 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Bar Association is speaking out against key provisions in the Trump administration’s budget blueprint that would hit legal aid particularly hard.
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Indiana gets over $600K in Target data breach settlement

May 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana will receive over $600,000 from an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve a multi-state probe into the discounter's pre-Christmas data breach in 2013.
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COA affirms denial of educational credit time for inmate

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Department of Correction correctly denied an inmate’s request for educational credit time after he was reincarcerated for a parole violation, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday, finding established caselaw does not allow inmates to “bank” credit time for future incarceration.
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COA reinstates Madison City Council rezoning denial

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
A decision by the Madison City Council to deny a local couple’s request to rezone a property was not arbitrary and capricious and, thus, must be reinstated, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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COA finds no Brady violation in burglary case

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a man’s conviction for felony burglary, finding the state did not violate his rights by failing to disclose before trial the existence of a wallet discovered during the investigation into the burglary.
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7th Circuit hears Indiana birth certificate dispute

May 23, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals seemed unconvinced that Indiana’s prohibition against listing non-birth mothers in female, same-sex married couples on a child’s birth certificate violates the Constitution.
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Suit: ‘Scheme to scam’ put dubious charges on Vectren bills

May 23, 2017
Dave Stafford
An untold number of Vectren utility customers were duped into paying dubious utility-line protection plan charges that went to a different company after Vectren presumably took a kickback on the charge, a proposed class-action lawsuit claims.
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Jury selection enters day 2 in Bill Cosby sex assault case

May 23, 2017
 Associated Press
Jury selection resumed Tuesday outside Philadelphia in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial as prosecutors and the defense seek to fill out a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in a case that has attracted worldwide publicity.
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7th Circuit affirms denial of habeas relief

May 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the denial of a man’s petition for habeas relief after finding he waived his argument of ineffective assistance of counsel by not raising that argument in his habeas petition.
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High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

May 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court’s ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state.
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Indiana prosecutors to retry man in 1998 triple-killing

May 23, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana prosecutor plans to retry a man in a triple-slaying case now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opted not to hear the state’s appeal of a ruling that threw out his second conviction and death sentence.
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Order adds Rules Committee members, changes amendment procedure

May 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has increased the number of members required for its Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure while also amending the process for recommending and adopting a rule change in a series of amendments to Trial Rule 80 that took effect Friday.
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Indiana jury awards couple $744,000 for son's shoulder surgery

May 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana jury has awarded $744,000 to a couple who claimed a now-deceased doctor performed unnecessary surgery on their teenage son.
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COA affirms denial of motion to suppress after prolonged traffic stop

May 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indianapolis police officer did not violate a man’s federal and state constitutional rights when he intentionally prolonged a traffic stop which led to the discovery of paraphernalia in the man’s vehicle, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The appellate court found the officer had reasonable suspicion to prolong the stop.
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Carmel-based company wins patent case at US Supreme Court

May 22, 2017
 Associated Press,  Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits.
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2 Indiana judges graduate from judicial college

May 22, 2017
IL Staff
Two northwest Indiana judges graduated last week from The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
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Supreme Court seeking comments on proposed rule amendments

May 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking comment from legal professionals and members of the public on proposed amendments to various Indiana judicial rules.
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Justices to hear cases involving protective sweeps, proceedings supplemental

May 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to decide if Lafayette police officers acted improperly when they searched a man’s apartment and arrested him after finding a gun in his back bedroom.
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SCOTUS won't hear Indiana's appeal in triple murder case

May 22, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States won't hear Indiana's appeal of a ruling that threw out the conviction and death sentence of an Indiana man for the 1998 slayings of his wife, her ex-husband and her 10-year-old son.
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Jasper County judge moving to federal bench

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
A Jasper County judge has been appointed to the bench in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
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Man's companion entitled to compensation for services, COA rules

May 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana probate court correctly allowed a woman’s partial claim for compensation for 14 years of household and medical services to a man she considered a “loving companion,” the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday, finding the woman had rebutted the presumption her services were gratuitous.
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Ex-Evansville police officer convicted of murder appeals to US Supreme Court

May 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A former Evansville police officer serving an 80-year sentence for murder and arson has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn his conviction and order a new trial.
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COA reverses forfeiture against drug offender

May 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
The state must return funds seized from a man convicted of possession of marijuana after the Indiana Court of Appeals found no proof linking the cash to any drug crimes.
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7th Circuit orders Lilly to reinstate ex-employee’s disability benefits

May 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Eli Lilly and Co. must reinstate disability benefits to its former human resources director after a divided 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found insufficient evidence to support the company’s argument that the former director could still work despite her fibromyalgia symptoms.
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