Courts

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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Supreme Court won't review appeal from POM juices

May 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is leaving in place a court ruling that found advertising claims of the health benefits of POM Wonderful juices were deceptive.
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High court to hear patent fight over adult diapers

May 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States will resolve a patent dispute between companies that make adult diapers.
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Tax court: Fees not subject to utility receipt tax

May 2, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Tax Court found a utility’s nontaxable connection fees were separated from taxable receipts on its returns and were therefore not subject to Indiana’s utility receipt tax.
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Divided justices deny rehearing asbestos statute of repose case

April 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order declining to rehear a case that ended the statute of repose on prolonged asbestos cases by a 3-2 vote Thursday, with the same justices who voted to end the statute of repose voting against the rehearing.
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Supreme Court won’t block Texas voter ID law for now

April 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.
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Nebraska, Oklahoma join suit to halt Colorado marijuana law

April 29, 2016
 Associated Press
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and his counterpart in Oklahoma are joining a lawsuit aimed at halting legal marijuana in Colorado.
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Dickson to be honored Friday, his last day on the bench

April 29, 2016
IL Staff
The state's second-longest serving justice will officially retire from the Indiana Supreme Court Friday.
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Bankruptcy filings take further plunge

April 29, 2016
IL Staff
Personal and business bankruptcies nationwide reached the lowest point since 2006, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal courts.
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Pence argues email privacy ruling should apply to him, too

April 29, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence is using a recent Indiana Supreme Court decision to argue that he should not be required to release documents that have been deemed by law to be public records.
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COA: Court order couldn’t disqualify attorney on future cases

April 28, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals declined to decide whether a trial court erred in concluding an ex-city attorney violated the Rules of Professional Conduct when he acted as the lawyer for a defendant in a suit brought by the city.
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Supreme Court reverses summary judgment in malpractice case

April 28, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court reversed summary judgment for a hospital and doctor after it found the doctor’s own evidence creates issues of material fact that need to be settled at trial.
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Judges cite past domestic violence convictions in affirming sentence

April 28, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld an Ohio man’s 180-day jail sentence for misdemeanor battery against his ex-wife, noting he showed no remorse regarding two previous domestic violence-related convictions.
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Court divided over failure to identify conviction

April 28, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Although the majority found a defendant’s evasiveness in answering identifying questions from a police officer “reprehensible,” the judges reversed the man’s failure to identify conviction because he did eventually provide the information to the officer.
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COA: Sovereign citizen still subject to jurisdiction

April 28, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a man’s murder conviction Thursday, finding the trial court had jurisdiction despite his status as a “Moorish American National Sovereign” and “secured party creditor.”
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Supreme Court: Fortville cannot annex land

April 28, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court upheld a trial court’s decision Thursday that evidence did not support the town of Fortville’s contention that it needed the land it wanted to voluntarily annex in the near future.
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Burglary of deceased’s home still Class B felony, COA holds

April 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man who burglarized a house in Huntington after the occupant had recently died was rightly denied his petition for post-conviction relief based on his argument that the house was no longer a dwelling, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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Supreme Court defines marriage relatives

April 28, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court determined the sister of a man who was once married to the defendant’s aunt is not a family or household member and changed a man’s Level 6 felony charge to Class A misdemeanor battery.
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Appeals court to hear ex-Subway pitchman's appeal May 20

April 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court in Chicago has set a May hearing for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's appeal of his more than 15-year sentence in a child sex abuse and pornography case.
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Central Indiana school principal charged with not reporting

April 28, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor has charged a central Indiana school principal with misdemeanor failure to report for waiting 17 days to report rumors an employee sent naked photos of herself to students.
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Justices: Murderer should be able to file belated notice of appeal

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a per curiam decision a man who pleaded guilty to two counts of murder among other charges can file a belated notice of appeal after the justices found “unique circumstances” in his case that did not allow him to file an appeal of his sentence when it was decided in 1987.
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Woman entitled to inherit estate, judges affirm

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a woman was the sole heir of an estate as the only daughter, finding there was sufficient evidence for the claim and denying the deceased man’s sisters’ request for a DNA test.
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Appellate court defines rules of police stops

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a man’s tendered jury instruction was a mistake of law and not a mistake of fact and upheld his conviction of felony resisting law enforcement by fleeing. The judges then outlined what fleeing law enforcement means and what rights police officers and drivers have to determine location of stops.
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Man who was visiting friend not subject to illegal search

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man who was visiting a friend when police found him in possession of a handgun was not a victim of an illegal search, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Interim commercial court rules released

April 27, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has issued an order outlining the interim rules applicable to the courts participating in the three-year Commercial Court Pilot Project, which begins this summer.
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