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Recommendation of plea document passes ‘duck test’

July 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Citing the “duck test” credited to Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, the Indiana Court of Appeals held that a “recommendation of plea” document was a plea agreement the trial judge was free to accept or reject.
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Anderson man pleads guilty in clerk's office bomb threat

June 24, 2016
 Associated Press
A 34-year-old Anderson man has pleaded guilty to charges that he phoned in a bomb threat to the Madison County Clerk's office last month.
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Molest conviction affirmed; habitual offender waiver remanded

May 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a counsel's mistake did not constitute judicial admission in a man's trial when he was found guilty of molesting his stepdaughter. But the appeals court remanded his guilty plea for being a habitual offender, finding he did not waive his right to trial on the issue at court, his attorney did.
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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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Anderson man shot by police gets 50 years for shooting 2

May 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for shooting two people before being shot by police.
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Former Indianapolis coach to plead guilty to enticement

May 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Court documents say a former Indianapolis high school boys' basketball coach has agreed to plead guilty to trying to entice a 15-year-old student to have sex with him.
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Man pleads guilty in drunken driving death of Muncie teen

May 3, 2016
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man has pleaded guilty in a fatal drunk driving case in which he killed a Muncie teenager when he slammed into his motor scooter last summer.
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Developer Alig avoids prison time with plea deal

May 2, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
A prominent Indianapolis developer who pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of securities fraud received a four-year suspended sentence Monday morning and was ordered to repay victims $321,000.
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Overloaded van driver gets 2 years for crash that killed 2

April 25, 2016
 Associated Press
The driver of an overloaded van that overturned on a southwestern Indiana highway, killing two women, may serve as little as two years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 charges.
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Judge accepts 3rd plea deal in Granger party overdose case

April 14, 2016
 Associated Press
A South Bend judge has accepted a third plea agreement for a teenager accused of bringing drugs to a party that two brothers attended before dying of overdoses.
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Mother of severely malnourished twins reaches plea deal

March 8, 2016
 Associated Press
An Anderson woman who allowed her 2-year-old twins to become so malnourished they couldn't walk, crawl or talk has agreed to plead guilty to child neglect charges.
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Man can’t appeal piracy conviction

March 4, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man who pleaded guilty to piracy for his role in boarding a ship off the coast of Somalia in 2009 was denied a writ of habeas corpus because he waived that right when he pleaded to his crime.
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7th Circuit dismisses appeal due to waiver

February 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a man’s  appeal of his 21-month sentence and three years of supervised release because he waived his right to appeal in district court. Circuit Judge David Hamilton said the court didn’t see any reason to overlook the waiver.
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Judge cuts sentence of 4th member of Elkhart 4 to 10 years

February 12, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has reduced to 10 years the sentence of a northern Indiana man convicted of felony murder in a home break-in after the Indiana Supreme Court threw out the murder convictions of three co-defendants.
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7th Circuit: Plea agreement forecloses sentence appeal

February 5, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A man who pleaded guilty in federal court to drug charges is unable to challenge his sentence on appeal based on this plea agreement, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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4 life sentences for man in Indianapolis quadruple killing

February 5, 2016
 Associated Press
A man has pleaded guilty and will receive four consecutive life sentences for his role in a drug-related quadruple killing in Indianapolis two years ago.
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Investment broker's plea deal erases 20 felony counts

January 25, 2016
IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis man accused of multiple felony securities fraud counts has reached a plea agreement with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
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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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Man asks to withdraw guilty plea in Indiana couple's deaths

January 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man asked Thursday to withdraw his guilty plea to a murder charge in the 2013 slayings of a rural Harrison County couple.
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Quadruple homicide suspect to attend change of plea hearing

December 9, 2015
A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for an Indiana man who's facing the death penalty in a quadruple homicide.
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Indianapolis real-estate developer pleads guilty to fraud

December 9, 2015
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis real-estate developer has pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges involving $340,000.
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Dennis Hastert pleads guilty, acknowledges hush-money scheme

October 29, 2015
 Associated Press
Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to evading banking laws in a hush-money scheme, averting a potentially lurid trial that could have dredged up sexual allegations by agreeing to a deal with prosecutors that recommended he serve no more than six months in prison.
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Hastert attorney says former speaker intends to plead guilty

October 15, 2015
 Associated Press
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty in a multimillion-dollar hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago, a defense attorney told a federal judge Thursday.
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Attorney: Former Jared Foundation chief to plead guilty

September 1, 2015
 Associated Press
An attorney said the former director of a foundation created by ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle will plead guilty to child pornography charges.
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Judge: Lawyers have responsibility to correct bench errors

May 29, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man’s appeal of his sentence for marijuana-related convictions was denied in a memorandum decision Friday, but an appellate judge wrote the case wouldn’t have been there had a prosecutor or defense lawyer spoken up when a judge erred.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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