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Stricken Indiana abortion law ‘unprecedented,’ opponents say

July 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana’s strict anti-abortion legislation that Gov. Mike Pence signed this year was “unprecedented” in scope and in its rejection of long-established federal law, said opponents who succeeded in blocking the law from taking effect.
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Judge grants e-liquid maker temporary restraining order in vaping case

July 1, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
One scorned e-liquid manufacturer will get a short reprieve from Indiana’s new vaping laws, which effectively shut many players out of the market when the laws took effect Friday.
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Judge: Indiana’s parenthood statutes violate constitutional rights of same-sex couples

June 30, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana married same-sex couples have won the right to both be listed as parents on their children’s birth certificates.
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Judge blocks Indiana abortion law

June 30, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking Indiana’s restrictive new abortion law from taking effect Friday.
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State vaping law survives federal challenge

June 30, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
A federal judge on Thursday upheld as constitutional a controversial state law that regulates the manufacturing of vaping “e-liquids.”
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Judge rejects state’s appeal bid in deaf litigant case

June 17, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge Friday rejected the state’s effort to appeal a ruling that a court discriminated against a deaf litigant, writing the bid was “a classic example of when an immediate appeal is not warranted.”
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Senate committee unanimously supports Ong nomination

June 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Winfield Ong received the support of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. On a voice vote, the committee unanimously approved Ong’s nomination.
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City liable for sign firm's damages, judge rules

June 15, 2016
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
Indiana billboard company GEFT Outdoor LLC expects to seek millions of dollars in damages from the city of Indianapolis after a federal judge ruled that the city’s former sign ordinance was unconstitutional.
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Southern District proposes mandatory pro bono program

June 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Flooded by pro se litigants and under pressure from the appellate circuit to provide attorneys, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is proposing the adoption of a mandatory pro bono program to supplement its volunteer pool.
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Judge: Indiana abortion law may infringe on women's rights

June 14, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A federal judge weighing whether to block a new Indiana law banning abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities sounded skeptical of the measure during a Tuesday hearing, saying it may infringe on some women's right to an abortion.
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Local Uber driver sues company over compensation issues

June 10, 2016
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
An Uber driver from Marion County has filed a class-action complaint against the ride-on-demand company, claiming that Uber treats its drivers like employees but classifies them as independent contractors in order to skirt labor laws.
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Senate committee to vote on Ong nomination

June 10, 2016
IL Staff
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote June 16 on the nomination of Winfield Ong to be U.S. District judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Mentally ill women should have attorney, 7th Circuit rules

June 8, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a mentally ill woman who filed a federal lawsuit challenging her conviction and sentence for murder should have had a lawyer appointed to her and remanded the case to District Court.
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State appeals ruling for deaf litigant denied mediation interpreter

June 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office has appealed a federal court ruling that found a Marion County court discriminated against a deaf man in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act when it rejected his request for an American Sign Language interpreter at a court-ordered mediation session during his child custody case.
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Judge declines to dismiss $6.5M Andy Mohr jury award

June 2, 2016
IBJ Staff
A federal judge in Indianapolis has refused to dismiss a $6.5 million jury verdict awarded to Andy Mohr Truck Center in its long-running dispute with Volvo Trucks North America.
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IU challenges part of new abortion restrictions law

May 26, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana University board of trustees and three of the school's research officials filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block part of the state's new abortion law that bars them from acquiring fetal tissue for scientific purposes.
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Handcuff injury claim against Alexandria officers proceeds

May 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man who claims he was injured after he asked Alexandria police not to handcuff him during a compliant arrest because he'd had recent rotator cuff surgery that limited his shoulder mobility may proceed with a federal lawsuit against the officers, a judge ruled Wednesday.
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US backs Syrian refugees against Pence at 7th Circuit

May 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Department of Justice is urging the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to affirm an Indianapolis district court judge’s ruling that blocked Gov. Mike Pence’s directive to suspend federal aid to Syrian refugees resettled in Indiana.
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Judge dismisses sludge lawsuit against Terre Haute

May 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the city of Terre Haute and its officials defaulted on an agreement to take out water from waste and use the sludge to make fuel.
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Surgery centers sue No.1 insurer UnitedHealthcare

May 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
Several Indiana surgery centers are suing the nation's largest health insurance company, claiming it violated state and federal law by failing to pay for services the centers' doctors provided to patients. In a similar lawsuit against the insurer, a key dispute is what the word "pay" means.
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Donnelly, Coats pleased nomination hearing set for Ong

May 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats are applauding the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's decision to consider the nomination of Hoosier Winfield D. Ong for the federal bench.
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Illinois turf company disputes Westfield's lawsuit

May 13, 2016
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
The out-of-state turf company that Westfield is suing for unsatisfactory work at Grand Park Sports Campus is disputing the lawsuit, arguing the city wrongfully terminated its contract.
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Southern District proposes mandatory pro bono

May 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
A proposed rule change would for the first time obligate lawyers to provide mandatory pro bono service to litigants in civil cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the court announced Friday.
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Senate Judiciary hearing set for District Court nominee Ong

May 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indiana will get a hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in Washington.
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Former Indianapolis coach pleads guilty to enticement

May 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A former Indianapolis high school boys' basketball coach has pleaded guilty to trying to entice a 15-year-old student to have sex with him.
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  1. Falk said “At this point, at this minute, we’ll savor this particular victory.” “It certainly is a historic week on this front,” Cockrum said. “What a delight ... “Happy Independence Day to the women of the state of Indiana,” WOW. So we broke with England for the right to "off" our preborn progeny at will, and allow the processing plant doing the dirty deeds (dirt cheap) to profit on the marketing of those "products of conception." I was completely maleducated on our nation's founding, it would seem. (But I know the ACLU is hard at work to remedy that, too.)

  2. congratulations on such balanced journalism; I also love how fetus disposal affects women's health protection, as covered by Roe...

  3. It truly sickens me every time a case is compared to mine. The Indiana Supreme Court upheld my convictions based on a finding of “hidden threats.” The term “hidden threat” never appeared until the opinion in Brewington so I had no way of knowing I was on trial for making hidden threats because Dearborn County Prosecutor F Aaron Negangard argued the First Amendment didn't protect lies. Negangard convened a grand jury to investigate me for making “over the top” and “unsubstantiated” statements about court officials, not hidden threats of violence. My indictments and convictions were so vague, the Indiana Court of Appeals made no mention of hidden threats when they upheld my convictions. Despite my public defender’s closing arguments stating he was unsure of exactly what conduct the prosecution deemed to be unlawful, Rush found that my lawyer’s trial strategy waived my right to the fundamental error of being tried for criminal defamation because my lawyer employed a strategy that attempted to take advantage of Negangard's unconstitutional criminal defamation prosecution against me. Rush’s opinion stated the prosecution argued two grounds for conviction one constitutional and one not, however the constitutional true threat “argument” consistently of only a blanket reading of subsection 1 of the intimidation statute during closing arguments, making it impossible to build any kind of defense. Of course intent was impossible for my attorney to argue because my attorney, Rush County Chief Public Defender Bryan Barrett refused to meet with me prior to trial. The record is littered with examples of where I made my concerns known to the trial judge that I didn’t know the charges against me, I did not have access to evidence, all while my public defender refused to meet with me. Special Judge Brian Hill, from Rush Superior Court, refused to address the issue with my public defender and marched me to trial without access to evidence or an understanding of the indictments against me. Just recently the Indiana Public Access Counselor found that four over four years Judge Hill has erroneously denied access to the grand jury audio from my case, the most likely reason being the transcription of the grand jury proceedings omitted portions of the official audio record. The bottom line is any intimidation case involves an action or statement that is debatably a threat of physical violence. There were no such statements in my case. The Indiana Supreme Court took partial statements I made over a period of 41 months and literally connected them with dots… to give the appearance that the statements were made within the same timeframe and then claimed a person similarly situated would find the statements intimidating while intentionally leaving out surrounding contextual factors. Even holding the similarly situated test was to be used in my case, the prosecution argued that the only intent of my public writings was to subject the “victims” to ridicule and hatred so a similarly situated jury instruction wouldn't even have applied in my case. Chief Justice Rush wrote the opinion while Rush continued to sit on a committee with one of the alleged victims in my trial and one of the judges in my divorce, just as she'd done for the previous 7+ years. All of this information, including the recent PAC opinion against the Dearborn Superior Court II can be found on my blog www.danbrewington.blogspot.com.

  4. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  5. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

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