Courts

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

February 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court of the United States, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79.
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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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2 former day care workers ordered to pay $2.3M in boy's death

February 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Two former workers at a suburban Indianapolis day care where a 5-month-old boy died in 2013 have been order to pay the child's parents more than $2.3 million.
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Party not aggrieved by vacation of alley by university

February 12, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the decision by the Angola Plan Commission to vacate a portion of an alley on Trine University property, finding property owners were not aggrieved by the vacation.
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Witness: Indianapolis man promised $10K for home explosion

February 12, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis woman said she asked her then-boyfriend's half-brother what he had done when she learned the fire they planned to ignite using natural gas had triggered an explosion that killed two neighbors and destroyed or damaged more than 80 homes.
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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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Apartment residents sue over broken elevator

February 11, 2016
IL Staff
The owners of an apartment complex who took nearly two months to repair a broken elevator, leaving residents with disabilities essentially stranded in their apartments, have been sued over the summer 2015 incident.
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Indiana justices hear appeal of man convicted of killing 4

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
The attorney for a southern Indiana man appealing his quadruple murder conviction told the Indiana Supreme Court that circumstantial evidence linking him to that crime doesn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt he was the killer.
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Judge tells lawyers to fight GM instead of each other

February 11, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The judge overseeing lawsuits against General Motors Co. over a lethal ignition-switch defect denied a bid to remove the lead attorney for the injury and death cases, telling the lawyers to stop arguing with each other.
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Justice Department enters Ferguson court case in strong position

February 11, 2016
 Associated Press
The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.
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Complaint alleges misappropriation of civil forfeiture proceeds

February 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Charging Indianapolis law enforcement is illegally keeping millions of dollars from civil forfeitures, a national legal organization filed a complaint Wednesday in Marion Superior Court to stop the flow of proceeds into city coffers.
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Appeals court clarifies home improvement contract ruling

February 10, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals granted a homeowner’s request for rehearing, but reaffirmed that he is not entitled to summary judgment over the installation of a pool in an allegedly incorrect location.
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COA reverses man’s pro se request for change of judge

February 10, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Because a man failed to file an affidavit concerning why he wanted a change of judge in a code violation case, as required by statute, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the grant of his request for a change of judge.
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Comment sought on state court e-filing, other rule changes

February 10, 2016
The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking comments on proposed rule changes that include appellate e-filing and CLE exemptions for judges and attorneys in the military.
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Supreme Court creates Office of Judicial Administration

February 10, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court announced Wednesday it is creating a single Office of Judicial Administration in an effort to improve its internal governance.
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Prosecutors appeal Indianapolis coach's release to parents

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have appealed a judge's decision to allow a former Indianapolis high school boys' basketball coach to live with his parents while he faces charges that he enticed a 15-year-old girl into a sexual relationship.
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Defense claims case against man in 1975 death circumstantial

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
The defense for a Terre Haute man accused of killing his first wife in 1975 claims the case against him is circumstantial.
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Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

February 10, 2016
 Associated Press
The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided U.S. Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.
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Suit alleges pattern of illegal detentions in Fort Wayne

February 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Three Fort Wayne residents – and perhaps scores more – were illegally detained by police without warrants, probable cause or even the accusation that they had broken the law, a federal lawsuit alleges.
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30 justice applicants bring varied backgrounds

February 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
The lawyers and judges vying to become the next Indiana justice include a one-time Swiss Alps guide, an aerobics instructor, and a former Indiana University football player. At least three got their start working at McDonald’s, and more have lived in Rensselaer (three) than were born in Indianapolis (two).
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Treatment of mentally ill prisoners changing

February 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
After more than seven years of litigation, the Indiana Department of Correction is instituting major changes by providing treatment and mostly eliminating solitary confinement for severally mentally ill prisoners.
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E-filing takes baby steps in Hamilton County

February 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
What could be easier than filing court documents from your desktop or tablet with automatic service and immediate filing confirmation? If you can see the courthouse from your office, it may seem easier to do things the old way — dashing to the clerk’s office or having a runner do the same. That seems to be true in some cases, at least for now.
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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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Former foes support Indiana lawsuit funding bills

February 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Harsh regulations in other states are inducing the legal financing industry to compromise.
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