Courts

Disbarred Merrillville lawyer to face second mail fraud trial

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
The federal government will try again next month to convince a jury that disbarred Merrillville attorney Robert Stochel should be found guilty of mail fraud for allegedly embezzling more than $330,000 from a receivership he administered.
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Disciplinary Actions - 4/5/17

April 5, 2017
IL Staff
Read who's been suspended or publicly reprimanded by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Lawyer stands behind his own rollover crash tests courts ruled inadmissible

April 5, 2017
Dave Stafford
New Albany attorney Dave Scott wanted to prove a point when he strapped himself behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Explorer that was pushed down an embankment, violently rolling over multiple times. Just to be safe, he later buckled into another Explorer that again was sent careening roof over wheels, rolling three times.
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Political group takes ‘robocall’ law challenge to SCOTUS

April 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A political advocacy group that wants to strike down Indiana’s ban on robocalls has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the state law it calls the most restrictive in the nation.
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Supreme Court announces schedule for 2nd round of vacancy interviews

April 4, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will move to the next step in the process of selecting three finalists to fill an impending vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court during its second round of semifinalists interviews later this month.
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Trump defends Obama's for-profit college crackdown

April 4, 2017
 Bloomberg News
For-profit colleges were supposed to thrive under a Trump administration staffed by officials known to be friendly to the industry. A legal filing from last week suggests perhaps those assumptions were premature.
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Judge awards $850,000 to 8 fired Anderson city workers

April 4, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled the city of Anderson must pay about $850,000 to eight people who were fired when a new mayor took office in 2012.
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COA affirms neglect conviction against man with intellectual disability

April 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the felony neglect conviction of a Wayne County man with a mild intellectual disability, finding that the state presented sufficient evidence to prove that he knowingly neglected his child leading to the boy’s death, and that the testimony of two medical experts was proper.
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ACLU, Planned Parenthood praise preliminary injunction against abortion law

April 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
Pro-choice advocates are celebrating a “major victory” for a woman’s right to choose Monday after a federal judge blocked a portion of an Indiana abortion regulation that would have required women to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion procedure.
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US Supreme Court rejects bid to revive ballot selfies ban

April 3, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected New Hampshire's bid to revive a law prohibiting voters from taking selfies pictures with their completed ballots.
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Judge's ruling ends civil suit against former Irwin Union bank officers

April 3, 2017
Susan Orr
An Indianapolis judge has ruled in favor of three former Irwin Union Bank & Trust Co. executives, closing the book on a civil suit that the bank’s bankruptcy trustee originally filed in 2011.
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White House no longer wants ABA evaluations for judicial spots

April 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The decision by the Trump administration to no longer seek input from the American Bar Association on nominees to the federal bench does not mean the national organization of lawyers will be cut completely from the evaluation process.
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Donnelly supports Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court

April 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly says he'll support the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Federal judge blocks another Indiana abortion regulation

April 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against an Indiana law requiring women to have ultrasounds at least 18 hours before having an abortion, holding that the regulation places an undue burden on low-income women.
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Public-private partnership proposed for Indy justice center

March 31, 2017
IL Staff
Marion County’s proposed criminal justice center should be financed through a public-private partnership, the task force studying the proposal announced Friday.
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Couples file reply brief in birth certificate dispute

March 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The married female same-sex couples fighting Indiana’s birth certificate statute have filed their brief with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Judge approves $25M Trump University settlement

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.
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Indiana justices discipline suspended Chicago attorney

March 31, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed reciprocal discipline on a Chicago-based attorney who is also licensed in Indiana after she was suspended from the practice of law in Illinois.
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Trump appeals Hawaii judge's new ruling blocking travel ban

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday appealed the latest court ruling against his revised travel ban to the same court that refused to reinstate the original version.
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Local Roche units sue pharmacies over alleged test-strip scheme

March 31, 2017
John Russell, IBJ Staff
Two Indianapolis-based subsidiaries of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Group are accusing a group of pharmacies and supply houses of engaging in an elaborate scheme to defraud Roche of millions of dollars in sales on diabetes test strips.
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Trump faces questions of interference in investigations

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling after reports that White House officials secretly funneled material to the chairman of the House intelligence committee.
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Democratic Supreme Court opposition grows; Schumer warns GOP

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
Senate Democratic opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed to block Judge Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster.
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7th Circuit denies Brazilian man’s motion for emergency stay

March 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a Brazilian businessman’s motion for an emergency stay while a suit against him is pending in Brazil, finding that the man has failed to provide sufficient information to show that the Brazilian and Indiana suits are duplicative.
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Divided COA reverses CHINS finding

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a CHINS determination after finding the Department of Child Services failed to meet its burden of proof, though one judge believed the trial court was acting in the child’s best interests.
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COA: Trial court imposed restrictive standard for remonstrance petition

March 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Perry Circuit Court imposed too strict of a standard on a group of property owners when it denied their remonstrance petition because some of the signatures did not exactly match the signatures on tax duplicates, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Thursday.
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