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Justices affirm denial of PCR to man whose attorney called him a ‘Negro’

April 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed the denial of post-conviction relief to a man who said his attorney prejudiced him by referring to him as a “Negro” during the selection of jurors, but noted that the Court of Appeals misstated the legal standard of prejudice it applied when making its decision.
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Indiana Lawyer wins 2 journalism awards

April 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Lawyer took home two Society of Professional Journalists Indiana Professional Chapter awards Friday.
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Wabash College to honor 7th Circuit chief judge

April 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will be honored Monday by Wabash College as the 2017 recipient of the David W. Peck Senior Medal for Eminence in the Law. She is the second woman to receive the award since it was first given in 1974.
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COA hears malpractice case involving former Conour associate

April 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
Roughly five years after former Indianapolis personal injury attorney William Conour was charged in a federal wire fraud case, the Indiana Court of Appeals heard a legal malpractice action involving one of his ex-colleagues for alleged malpractice. One of Conour's victims claims the attorney's actions kept her in the dark about theft of her settlement money.
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LaPorte County joins 40 others in allowing e-filing

April 21, 2017
IL Staff
LaPorte Circuit and Superior courts went live with e-filing Friday, becoming the 41st county to have either voluntary or mandatory e-filing in Indiana.
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Deaf man sues lawyer for sign language miscommunication

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A former IBM employee who is deaf says a sign language miscommunication with his lawyer caused him to accept a lowball offer in an earlier discrimination lawsuit.
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Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8B in emission scandal

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.
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Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Indianapolis officer

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A 27-year-old man on Friday pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis police officer, in a deal that spares him the death penalty.
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Judge mulls wrongful death lawsuit in baby sitter's drowning

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge is considering whether to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of an 18-year-old woman who drowned while baby-sitting at the home of two pastors in northwest Indiana.
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Holcomb’s Supreme Court pick will be a trial judge

April 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
With the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission’s stamp of approval next to their names, three trial court judges are waiting to learn who among them will be selected as the state’s next Supreme Court justice.
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Lawsuit alleges SEC investigation, financial cover-up at Celadon

April 20, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
A Celadon Group Inc. investor has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Indianapolis-based trucking company is misleading shareholders about its financial status and covering up a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the company.
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Justices: Colorado policy on court fees unconstitutional

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Wednesday that Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution.
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Holcomb appoints 2 trial court judges

April 20, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed two trial court judges, replacing judicial officers who were elected to new judgeships last November.
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Decline in bankruptcy filings slowing

April 20, 2017
IL Staff
Bankruptcy filings in federal courts continue to fall, but the rate of decline is slowing.
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3 finalists picked for Supreme Court

April 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. The three, all judges, are seeking to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who will retire next month.
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COA upholds electric utility’s rate hike

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding substantial evidence supporting a regulatory body’s ruling, the Indiana Court of Appeals denied an attempt by Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana to overturn approval for a utility rate hike.
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Appellate court interprets amended habitual offender statute

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals, after finding the language of the habitual offender statute doesn’t support either the defendant’s or the state’s interpretation, reversed the denial of the defendant’s objection to his habitual counts and ordered the trial court to review the matter.
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COA affirms confidentiality of deposition in litigation between Greek brothers

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
Discovery materials protected in Indiana courts under a protective order cannot be used in litigation between two brothers in Greece, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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COA reduces woman’s OWI conviction, orders new hearing on fees

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court did not properly determine whether a woman had the ability to pay fees owed after being convicted of a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, so the Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the case back to the trial court. The judges also ordered her conviction reduced based on the evidence presented at trial.
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Playground case touches on separation of church and state

April 19, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States signaled Wednesday that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.
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COA: Signatures do not have to take a specific form

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A man who drove too fast and was given an electronic speeding ticket failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that all signatures are not the same.
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2nd Circuit cracks door for en banc hearing on Title VII sexual orientation claim

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In possibly the first opinion issued since the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found Title VII does provide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals panel has declined to reach the same conclusion.
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Justice interviews wrap up as JNC works to pick finalists

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
With the interview process complete, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Judicial Nominating Commission are now tasked with selecting three people to be considered as the next justice of the court. Interviews with the 11 semifinalists wrapped up Wednesday morning.
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Rucker to assume senior judge status after retirement

April 19, 2017
IL Staff
Retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker will assume senior judge status after he leaves his seat on the state’s highest bench next month.
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Council panel OKs plan to reimburse city agencies for justice center planning

April 19, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis City-County Council panel Tuesday evening unanimously approved a measure that would allow the city to be reimbursed with future bond proceeds for expenses related to the planned community justice campus.
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  1. I have had an ongoing custody case for 6 yrs. I should have been the sole legal custodial parent but was a victim of a vindictive ex and the system biasedly supported him. He is an alcoholic and doesn't even have a license for two yrs now after his 2nd DUI. Fast frwd 6 yrs later my kids are suffering poor nutritional health, psychological issues, failing in school, have NO MD and the GAL could care less, DCS doesn't care. The child isn't getting his ADHD med he needs and will not succeed in life living this way. NO one will HELP our family.I tried for over 6 yrs. The judge called me an idiot for not knowing how to enter evidence and the last hearing was 8 mths ago. That in itself is unjust! The kids want to be with their Mother! They are being alienated from her and fed lies by their Father! I was hit in a car accident 3 yrs ago and am declared handicapped myself. Poor poor way to treat the indigent in Indiana!

  2. The Indiana DOE released the 2015-2016 school grades in Dec 2016 and my local elementary school is a "C" grade school. Look at the MCCSC boundary maps and how all of the most affluent neighborhoods have the best performance. It is no surprise that obtaining residency in the "A" school boundaries cost 1.5 to 3 times as much. As a parent I should have more options than my "C" school without needing to pay the premium to live in the affluent parts of town. If the charter were authorized by a non-religious school the plaintiffs would still be against it because it would still be taking per-pupil money from them. They are hiding behind the guise of religion as a basis for their argument when this is clearly all about money and nothing else.

  3. This is a horrible headline. The article is about challenging the ability of Grace College to serve as an authorizer. 7 Oaks is not a religiously affiliated school

  4. Congratulations to Judge Carmichael for making it to the final three! She is an outstanding Judge and the people of Indiana will benefit tremendously if/when she is chosen.

  5. The headline change to from "religious" to "religious-affiliated" is still inaccurate and terribly misleading.

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