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In final argument, Roof does not ask jury to spare life

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Dylann Roof said he wasn't sure “what good it would do” to ask jurors for life in prison instead of execution, showing no remorse for killing nine black church members during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Trial court domestic violence counseling order affirmed

January 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court was within its discretion when it ordered a man to complete domestic violence counseling even though he was not convicted on a domestic battery charge, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday.
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Men in KKK costumes disrupt Sessions confirmation hearing

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Protesters disrupted Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general Tuesday, including two men wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes and a woman wearing a pink crown.
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U.S. Supreme Court rules for officer in police shooting

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court says a New Mexico State Police officer did not violate clearly established law when he shot and killed an armed man without first calling out a warning.
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Indiana judge lets death penalty appeal go to high court

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana judge has ruled that a man who faces the death penalty can appeal, claiming the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.
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Adopt-A-Doll brings cuteness to courtroom

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Most of the child-related cases heard in Clark Circuit Court No. 4 are grim. Judge Vicki Carmichael is accustomed to tales of neglect, abuse and troubled juveniles. Saturday’s court docket brought something entirely different — children with smiles on their faces clasping dolls and stuffed animals in front of the bench.
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IU fraternity chapter suspended after hazing problems

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The governing body of Delta Tau Delta has suspended the charter for the fraternity's chapter at Indiana University Bloomington following problems with hazing. The fraternity also faces a lawsuit alleging sexual assault.
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Magistrate recommends dismissal of woman’s dog-mauling suit

January 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
Despite “horrendous injuries” incurred as a result of “a grievous lack of discretion” by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers, a district court magistrate recommends an Indianapolis woman’s federal claim against IMPD and the city of Indianapolis be dismissed because she did not state a legitimate constitutional claim.
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Divided COA backs Pence in public records case

January 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals sided with former Indiana Gov. and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a Monday opinion, writing that Pence was within his discretion to redact and withhold certain documents sought through a public records request.
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Forfeiture bill would restrict police, prosecutors

January 9, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill scheduled for a hearing before the Indiana Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee Tuesday would require law enforcement to get a conviction before moving ahead with civil forfeiture.
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Divided COA rules in favor of Pence in public records case

January 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court decision finding that former Indiana Gov. and Vice President-elect Mike Pence did not violate open records laws when he redacted and withheld certain documents related to his decision to join a Texas lawsuit challenging federal executive orders on immigration.
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High court won’t hear appeal over Backpage.com escort ads

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
The United States Supreme Court said Monday it won’t hear an appeal from three sex trafficking victims who accuse advertising website Backpage.com of helping to promote the exploitation of children.
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Supreme Court rejects appeal from flight-sharing company

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States won’t hear an appeal from a company that wants to offer flight-sharing services using a model similar to Uber.
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Ventura loses appeal to reinstate $1.8M defamation verdict

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has turned away former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s bid for reinstatement of a $1.8 million verdict in his defamation case against the estate of slain Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.
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Sentencing hearing continues for Charleston church shooter

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Final testimony is expected as prosecutors wrap up their argument that Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for the Charleston, South Carolina church shootings.
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State: Task force helped convict 8 of insurance fraud

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Officials say a state task force’s unemployment insurance fraud investigation has helped lead to the convictions of eight people.
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Neighbors sue to block $23M College Avenue development

January 9, 2017
Scott Olson
Neighbors of the site where a local developer plans to build a $23 million apartment and retail project along North College Avenue are seeking to stop the controversial project by taking legal action.
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Hustler Hollywood sues Indianapolis over zoning roadblocks

January 6, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
Hustler Hollywood, which wants to open a retail store in Castleton, is suing the city of Indianapolis over a zoning denial that the company says is infringing on its constitutional right to operate a business.
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COA reverses drug convictions for unreasonable ‘military-style assault’

January 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A “military-style assault” on an Evansville home was unreasonable, a divided Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday, reversing a man’s various felony and misdemeanor drug convictions.
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Court authorizes interim solutions to infraction, ordinance violation e-filings

January 6, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court posted an order this week authorizing e-filing of initial complaints and pleadings in infraction and ordinance violation case types.
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E-filing changing Marion County probate rules

January 6, 2017
Dave Stafford
The advent of electronic filing soon will change some longstanding practices in Marion Superior probate court.
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Mother gets 30-year sentence in death of 4-month-old

January 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A 30-year prison sentence has been handed a 21-year-old Muncie woman who pleaded guilty in connection with the death of her infant son.
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Death penalty will be sought in Fort Wayne homicides

January 6, 2017
 Associated Press
Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing three people in Fort Wayne, including a pregnant woman.
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Vegas lawyer accused of stealing millions from clients

January 5, 2017
 Associated Press
A prominent Las Vegas wills and trusts lawyer who disappeared last month amid state bar allegations that he stole millions of dollars in client funds was indicted and arrested Wednesday on criminal charges that could get him up to 90 years in prison.
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Coca-Cola, ABA accused of tobacco-like deception in lawsuit

January 5, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Coca-Cola Co. was sued by activists who compare the beverage giant’s advertising tactics to the tobacco industry’s past efforts in minimizing the health effects of its products and targeting children to replenish the ranks of its customers.
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  3. This is happening so much. Even in 2016.2017. I hope the father sue for civil rights violation. I hope he sue as more are doing and even without a lawyer as pro-se, he got a good one here. God bless him.

  4. JLAP and other courtiers ... Those running court systems, have most substance abuse issues. Probably self medicating to cover conscience issues arising out of acts furthering govt corruption

  5. I whole-heartedly agree with Doug Church's comment, above. Indiana lawyers were especially fortunate to benefit from Tom Pyrz' leadership and foresight at a time when there has been unprecedented change in the legal profession. Consider how dramatically computer technology and its role in the practice of law have changed over the last 25 years. The impact of the great recession of 2008 dramatically changed the composition and structure of law firms across the country. Economic pressures altered what had long been a routine, robust annual recruitment process for law students and recent law school graduates. That has, in turn, impacted law school enrollment across the country, placing upward pressure on law school tuition. The internet continues to drive significant changes in the provision of legal services in both public and private sectors. The ISBA has worked to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for all who need it and to raise general public understanding of Indiana laws and procedures. How difficult it would have been to tackle each of these issues without Tom's leadership. Tom has set the tone for positive change at the ISBA to meet the evolving practice needs of lawyers of all backgrounds and ages. He has led the organization with vision, patience, flexibility, commitment, thoughtfulness & even humor. He will, indeed, be a tough act to follow. Thank you, Tom, for all you've done and all the energy you've invested in making the ISBA an excellent, progressive, highly responsive, all-inclusive, respectful & respected professional association during his tenure there.

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