U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Judge keeps sex offender’s voting suit alive

July 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
A registered sex offender’s lawsuit against the Indiana Secretary of State and other parties will proceed, a federal judge ruled Thursday, denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss.
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Federal Bar Update: Southern District’s local rule on indigent appointments

July 27, 2016
John Maley
Although referred to by some as the “mandatory pro bono rule,” in fact the rule is entitled “Representation of Indigent Litigants,” and is multi-faceted.
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Local Rule 87 FAQ

July 27, 2016
IL Staff
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has adopted a new pro bono rule which gives the judges the option of assigning cases to attorneys. Here are some frequently asked questions about the rule.
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Documentary marking federal court bicentennial in Indiana focuses on 3 cases

July 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is preserving stories about three notable cases for an hour-long documentary on the federal courts in Indiana. The film’s release will coincide with the institution’s bicentennial next year.
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New local rule permits judges to assign cases to attorneys

July 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Chief Judge Richard Young is confident the new mandatory pro bono rule adopted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will solve problems caused by pro se litigants trying to navigate the federal judiciary.
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Court rules detention of youth who reported drug justified

July 26, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A probation officer who arrested and detained a middle school student for violating court policy has quasi-judicial immunity against charges of negligence and constitutional violations.
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Courtroom named in honor of Judge Sarah Evans Barker

July 21, 2016
IL Staff
In recognition of District Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s more than 30 years of service on the federal bench, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has named a courtroom in her honor.
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7th Circuit: Judge should have disqualified herself in sentence challenge

July 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a federal judge in Indianapolis should have excused herself from hearing a man’s petition regarding his sentence because she was the one who sentenced him while she was a judge in state court. In doing so, the federal appellate court overturned two lines of decisions.
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Southern District mandatory pro bono service to start in October

July 18, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorneys could be tapped to handle cases under the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s new mandatory pro bono rule before the end of this year.
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Mandatory pro bono starting in Southern District

July 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has adopted a new local rule which will mandate certain attorneys provide pro bono services to pro se litigants.
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Time running out to get Indiana judicial nominees confirmed

July 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Three Democratic senators failed in their attempt Wednesday to force the Senate to hold a vote on the nominees to the federal bench, creating more doubt as to how many judges will be confirmed before the end of the year.
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Democratic senators pushing for vote on federal nominees

July 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Some Democratic senators in the U.S. Senate Wednesday are calling for unanimous consent to hold a floor vote on the judicial nominations, including Winfield Ong who has been nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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‘Unprecedented’ law blocked, Planned Parenthood takes aim again

July 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
After a federal judge on June 30 blocked a restrictive new Indiana abortion law from taking effect, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana vowed to take aim at other recent enactments that might infringe on the constitutional right. A week later, a fresh federal lawsuit targeted another Indiana abortion law passed this year.
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State's parenthood laws ruled unconstitutional

July 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana’s married lesbian parents win the right to be listed on their child’s birth certificate.
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Planned Parenthood challenges new pre-abortion ultrasound law

July 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
A new Indiana law requiring women to have an ultrasound 18 hours before an abortion is being challenged in court by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
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Hearing for wannabe Islamic State fighter moved again

July 6, 2016
 Associated Press
An 18-year-old Indiana man accused of trying to travel overseas to join the Islamic State militant group has had his detention hearing moved for a second time.
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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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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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