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

US joins Syrian refugee case against Pence

February 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge had tough questions Friday for the lawyer representing Gov. Mike Pence as he tried to make a case for state sovereignty in attempting to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana. Oral arguments came on the heels of the U.S. Justice Department entering the case, claiming Pence’s actions discriminated on the basis of national origin.
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Hoosier roots still strong for D.C. Circuit jurist

February 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Judge Robert Wilkins returns to Indiana for a Black History Month celebration in the Southern District of Indiana.
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Magistrate Judge Hussmann turns in gavel but plans to keep working

February 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
On Jan. 31, Magistrate Judge William Hussmann Jr. raced his administrative assistant, Shelly James, to the office door. After nearly 28 years, the pair retired together from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Walton sentenced to 9 years for role in Indy Land Bank scheme

February 9, 2016
IBJ Staff
Reggie Walton, the former director of the Indy Land Bank, was sentenced Monday to nine years in federal prison for his role in a scheme in which he received kickbacks for fraudulently directing the sale of abandoned or tax-delinquent properties.
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Nightingale Home Healthcare sues state, feds alleging discrimination

February 5, 2016
IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Nightingale Home Healthcare Inc. said Friday it has filed a lawsuit against state and federal officials after Medicare sought to stop payments to the firm for allegedly putting patients in “immediate jeopardy.”
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Suit by man accused of killing Indianapolis officer tossed

February 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Indianapolis has thrown out a $2.3 million lawsuit filed by a man charged in the killing of a police officer. Among the defendants named in the suit is the officer he allegedly killed.
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New Southern District magistrate sworn in

February 3, 2016
IL Staff
Matthew P. Brookman was sworn in Monday as the newest magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, whose last day was Friday.
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Selby, Ong nominated for federal bench

January 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Even before a confirmation hearing has been gaveled to order or a floor vote scheduled, one nominee to an Indiana vacancy on the federal bench is facing opposition as a home state senator renews his call for a nominating commission.
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District Court in New Albany closes early

January 22, 2016
IL Staff
Snow has shut down the New Albany division of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Sexual discrimination lawsuit against WTLC owner thrown out

January 18, 2016
Anthony Schoettle, IBJ Staff
A sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a fired employee of Indianapolis stations WTLC-FM and WTLC-AM has been thrown out by the judge in the case.
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State cites security threat in bid to block Syrian refugees

January 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
The administration of Gov. Mike Pence defended its bid to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana by asserting the federal government has not satisfactorily addressed security concerns.
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Selby and Ong nominated to fill seats on the federal bench

January 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
As the two Indiana nominees for a pair of vacancies on the federal bench begin the confirmation process, one Indiana senator is withholding his support of the candidate for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Young: Federal re-entry programs continue to benefit community

January 13, 2016
One of the longest-standing initiatives in the Southern District is the voluntary Re-entry and Community Help program. Dating back to 2007, REACH gives high-risk clients an opportunity to participate in monthly informal hearings with a team composed of a federal judge, federal public defender, assistant U.S. attorney, and U.S. probation officer.
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Former Indiana justice, assistant U.S. attorney nominated for federal bench vacancies

January 12, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
President Barack Obama has announced his nominations for two federal judicial openings in Indiana.
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Anthem workers target high 401(k) fees

January 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc.’s retirement plan is accused in a lawsuit of forcing about 60,000 workers and retirees to pay excessive fees by having to invest in Vanguard Group funds billed as low-cost options.
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Donnelly hopeful Indiana’s federal court vacancies will be filled soon

December 30, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
With U.S. District Judge Robert Miller Jr. preparing to take senior status in January, Indiana will have three judicial vacancies to fill on the federal bench.
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Judge grants extensions Pence sought in Syrian refugee case

December 30, 2015
Dave Stafford
A federal judge has granted extensions the administration of Gov. Mike Pence sought as it continues to oppose a charity’s resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana. The ACLU of Indiana, meanwhile, calls discovery demands the state has directed at the nonprofit agency “breathtaking.”
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Pence may argue charity can’t represent Syrian refugees

December 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence may argue the Indianapolis charity that sued him for attempting to suspend its federal government-approved resettlement of Syrian refugees has “a lack of any valid right of action or standing to assert the rights of refugees,” court filings show.
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7th Circuit rejects Conour’s bid to remove judge

December 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
Convicted fraudster and former Indianapolis attorney William Conour won’t get to represent himself for now, nor will he succeed in getting the federal judge he claims is biased thrown off his case.
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Attorney admission fees increasing in Southern District

December 18, 2015
IL Staff
Beginning Jan. 1, the attorney admission to practice fee and the pro hac vice motion fee will increase in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Judge limits police expert testimony in excessive force case

December 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
A defense expert may not testify whether he believes a Richmond police officer used excessive force when he punched an unruly man in the face three or four times while the man was handcuffed to a hospital gurney.
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Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle appealing child porn sentence

December 15, 2015
 Associated Press
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is appealing the more than 15-year prison sentence he received for possessing child pornography and having sex with underage prostitutes, which was longer than the maximum term prosecutors agreed to pursue as part of his plea deal.
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Conour appeals to 7th Circuit to defend self, remove judge

December 11, 2015
Dave Stafford
Ex-attorney William Conour claims in a jailhouse motion he filed Thursday that the judge who sentenced him to 10 years in prison for wire fraud appears to be biased in favor of prosecutors and must be removed for preventing him from representing himself.
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January hearing set for Indiana refugees lawsuit

December 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Indianapolis has set a hearing for next month to consider a request to suspend Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's order that state agencies stop helping with the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
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35-year sentence sought for former head of Jared Foundation

December 4, 2015
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence the former director of a foundation created by longtime Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to 35 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for providing homemade child pornography to his former boss.
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