Local government

Attorney must pay parking ticket, nothing more, court holds

May 4, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that an attorney who was given a $20 parking ticket that ended up costing him $150 in late fees only needs to pay his ticket. The attorney sought $2,500 in damages and fees over the incident.
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COA: Attorney who litigated his case pro se not entitled to attorney fees

April 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
A lawyer who represented himself in his case against two Marion County governmental entities and won is not entitled to attorney fees or compensation of any kind for missed business, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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High court upholds Arizona redistricting plan

April 20, 2016
 Associated Press
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court says an Arizona commission did not violate the principle of one-person, one-vote when it redrew the state's legislative districts in a way that created some with more residents than others.
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Supreme Court: City not immune from injury suit

April 5, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled a city did not meet the requirements of the Indiana Tort Claims Act, and as such does not have immunity in a suit filed by a woman who fell in a city street and broke her leg.
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Preliminary injunction halts solid waste and recycling contract in Warrick County

March 30, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction temporarily upending Warrick County’s plan for collecting solid waste and recyclable materials.
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South Bend council votes in favor of expanded smoking ban

March 30, 2016
 Associated Press
The South Bend Common Council has voted in favor of an expanded smoking ban, which may lead to a lawsuit if signed by the mayor.
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Kokomo council votes to approve LGBT protections

March 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Kokomo's Common Council has voted to approve a measure banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Indiana House OKs measure to replace jailed councilman

March 4, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow East Chicago officials to temporarily replace a jailed councilman without removing him from office.
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Ex-LaPorte County auditor sentenced for embezzlement, fraud

March 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A former northwestern Indiana county auditor has been sentence to seven years in prison after being convicted of embezzling more than $150,000 in government funds, tax fraud and defrauding her father-in-law out of more than $600,000.
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Court denies summary judgment in excessive force case

March 2, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said there was enough evidence against two officers accused of excessive force while arresting a Hammond man to create material dispute and therefore reversed summary judgment for the officers. The case was remanded to District Court for further proceedings.
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COA says town didn't defame employee after audit

February 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a decision denying a town summary judgment after a former employee claimed defamatory damages when the town fired her after completing an audit.
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Suit aims to strike down law barring vote by committed mentally ill

February 25, 2016
Dave Stafford
A proposed class-action lawsuit naming state election officials and the clerk of Jefferson County argues a 1995 state law preventing people committed to a state hospital from voting in local elections is unconstitutional.
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Residential substance abuse treatment grant applications sought

February 25, 2016
IL Staff
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners grant applications are being accepted until March 31, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced Thursday.
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Appeals court reverses Indy recycling contract decision

February 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment in favor of the city of Indianapolis and the Board of Public Works regarding a controversial contract with Covanta to create a trash and recycling center.
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Evansville officials vote to bolster LGBT protections

February 23, 2016
 Associated Press
Evansville officials have voted to give a commission enforcement and investigatory powers into claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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East Chicago looks at video attendance for jailed councilman

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
The city of East Chicago is looking into whether a City Council member jailed on allegations of drug crimes and a homicide could attend meetings by video.
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East Chicago City Council seeks guidance on jailed member

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
The East Chicago City Council has decided to ask the Indiana attorney general and the State Board of Accounts for guidance as one of its members remains jailed.
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From McKinney to mayor

February 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Shane Evans went home to Delphi, Indiana, after graduating from law school last year and walked straight into the top job in city hall.
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Loser of tied southern Indiana mayor's race won't appeal

January 25, 2016
 Associated Press
The loser of a southern Indiana mayor's race decided by a single vote has decided not to appeal a recount.
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Former Indiana mayor pleads guilty in embezzlement case

January 21, 2016
 Associated Press
A former northwestern Indiana mayor has pleaded guilty to helping his stepdaughter cover up her embezzlement of funds from a court.
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Lack of signage causes COA to toss speeding ticket

January 19, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals threw out a man’s speeding ticket issued in Lawrence County after ruling the county did not make motorists aware with signs of the 35 mph speed limit on the road.
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Carmel faces federal class-action lawsuit over traffic law

January 12, 2016
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
The city of Carmel is facing a class-action lawsuit in federal court for its enforcement of a local traffic ordinance a state appeals court has already struck down.
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Council resolution did not waive requirements for tax deduction

December 31, 2015
The Indiana Board of Tax Review’s final determination that the city of Bluffton’s Common Council waived a company’s compliance with certain statutory requirements for its 2013 personal property tax abatement deduction is contrary to law, Indiana Tax Judge Martha Wentworth ruled Thursday.
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Judge temporarily blocks law barring workers from office

December 31, 2015
 Associated Press
A Lake County judge has temporarily blocked a state law that bars five municipal employees from holding elected office in the same city or town.
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Smoking ban dispute heads to Supreme Court

December 30, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court wants to hear more from Hoosier Park about why patrons at its Winner’s Circle off-track betting parlor in Indianapolis should be allowed to light up when smoking in public is otherwise generally banned by city ordinance.
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  1. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  2. If the end result is to simply record the spoke word, then perhaps some day digital recording may eventually be the status quo. However, it is a shallow view to believe the professional court reporter's function is to simply report the spoken word and nothing else. There are many aspects to being a professional court reporter, and many aspects involved in producing a professional and accurate transcript. A properly trained professional steno court reporter has achieved a skill set in a field where the average dropout rate in court reporting schools across the nation is 80% due to the difficulty of mastering the necessary skills. To name just a few "extras" that a court reporter with proper training brings into a courtroom or a deposition suite; an understanding of legal procedure, technology specific to the legal profession, and an understanding of what is being said by the attorneys and litigants (which makes a huge difference in the quality of the transcript). As to contracting, or anti-contracting the argument is simple. The court reporter as governed by our ethical standards is to be the independent, unbiased individual in a deposition or courtroom setting. When one has entered into a contract with any party, insurance carrier, etc., then that reporter is no longer unbiased. I have been a court reporter for over 30 years and I echo Mr. Richardson's remarks that I too am here to serve.

  3. A competitive bid process is ethical and appropriate especially when dealing with government agencies and large corporations, but an ethical line is crossed when court reporters in Pittsburgh start charging exorbitant fees on opposing counsel. This fee shifting isn't just financially biased, it undermines the entire justice system, giving advantages to those that can afford litigation the most. It makes no sense.

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  5. I have a appeals hearing for the renewal of my LPN licenses and I need an attorney, the ones I have spoke to so far want the money up front and I cant afford that. I was wondering if you could help me find one that takes payments or even a pro bono one. I live in Indiana just north of Indianapolis.

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