Courts

Justices: State RICO law can apply to street-crimes

March 2, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that street-level crimes may be prosecuted under the state’s version of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act if the crimes aren’t isolated, affirming an Anderson man’s conviction of corrupt business influence related to a string of robberies.
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Abortion case appears to split depleted Supreme Court

March 2, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States appeared sharply divided Wednesday over Texas abortion clinic regulations in its biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter-century.
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Supreme Court denies hearing Indiana death penalty case

March 2, 2016
IL Staff
The United States Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari filed in the case of Tommy Pruitt, meaning the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that reversed the death penalty for Pruitt will stand.
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Court denies summary judgment in excessive force case

March 2, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said there was enough evidence against two officers accused of excessive force while arresting a Hammond man to create material dispute and therefore reversed summary judgment for the officers. The case was remanded to District Court for further proceedings.
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Vaping firms say industry in peril in state unless lawmakers act

March 2, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Manufacturers of electronic cigarette liquids that hope to gain a license to continue selling their popular products in Indiana fear their business in the state is at risk of evaporating.
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Supreme Court seeks comment on proposed disciplinary rule changes

March 1, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has spent two years working on changes to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23 and is now seeking comment on proposed changes by April 30.
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Apple goes to Congress fresh from big boost in iPhone fight

March 1, 2016
 Bloomberg News
When members of Congress grill Apple Inc. Tuesday on why it refused to help the FBI unlock a terrorist’s iPhone, the company will be fresh from a courtroom victory that bolsters its case against the government.
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Supreme Court upholds man’s life sentence for murder

March 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court upheld a man’s murder conviction and sentence of life without parole after it found comments the judge made to the jury did not deprive him of a fair trial.
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7th Circuit: Developer's appeal is frivolous

March 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a man’s claim that the National Bank of Indianapolis covered up unauthorized transfers is frivolous and said the bank can pursue sanctions against the man because of it.
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Judge blocks Indiana's Syrian refugee order

March 1, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Indianapolis on Monday blocked Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order that barred state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana, saying the governor's directive "clearly discriminates" against refugees from the war-torn country.
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SCOTUS rejects Evansville SWAT raid, death penalty appeals

February 29, 2016
Dave Stafford
A 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the city of Evansville for a bungled SWAT raid will stand, as will the death sentence of a Gary man convicted in the 2007 shooting deaths of his wife and two stepchildren. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear those appeals Monday.
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COA says town didn't defame employee after audit

February 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a decision denying a town summary judgment after a former employee claimed defamatory damages when the town fired her after completing an audit.
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Justice Thomas poses questions, stuns Supreme Court crowd

February 29, 2016
 Associated Press
Justice Clarence Thomas broke 10 years of silence and provoked audible gasps at the Supreme Court on Monday when he posed questions from the bench during an oral argument.
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COA affirms man not entitled to overtime pay

February 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a man was not entitled to overtime pay because his contract specified as such during his employment.
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COA: Man should have met with state public defender’s office

February 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the grant of the state’s motion for summary denial of man’s request for post-conviction relief because his case was not forwarded to the State Public Defender’s Office.
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Court says children were endangered by public intoxication

February 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a man’s conviction of public intoxication that endangers a person after he claimed he did not endanger anyone, despite being drunk and having a bow and arrow by his side.
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High court won't hear appeal over NFL player settlement

February 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States turned away an appeal from three former NFL players who challenged a $42 million settlement between the league and nearly 25,000 former players over the NFL's use of player images in film footage.
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Abortion case returns to Supreme Court after loss of Scalia

February 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court challenge to a Texas law that has dramatically reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state is the justices' most significant case on the hot-button issue in nearly a quarter-century.
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Appellate court filings to be put online April 1

February 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
A task force created by the Indiana Supreme Court to look into remote access and privacy of electronic records decided appellate court briefs filed by attorneys would be put online at mycase.in.gov beginning April 1.
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Ex-day care worker guilty of child porn charges

February 26, 2016
IL Staff
A former employee of Children’s Choice Learning Center at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis was convicted in federal court Friday of seven counts of production and attempted production of child pornography.
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Apple lays out legal arguments to resist FBI's iPhone demand

February 26, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A week after federal investigators threw down a gauntlet to Silicon Valley, Tim Cook’s lawyers have weighed in, offering cool-headed legal arguments against having  Apple Inc. unlock the iPhone used by one of the attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December.
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Dow Chemical settles case citing Supreme Court uncertainty

February 26, 2016
 Associated Press
Dow Chemical says it will pay $835 million to settle a long-standing class action lawsuit, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia decreased its chances of prevailing at the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Historic courtroom illustrations acquired by Library of Congress

February 26, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Ninety-six original courtroom drawings from high-profile trials over the past four decades have been acquired by the Library of Congress.
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Supreme Court: Ex post facto laws don’t apply to 2 sex offenders

February 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed two men had to register as sex offenders after moving from other states, saying the requirement did not violate the Indiana Constitution’s prohibition against ex post facto laws.
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Former dentistry clinic director sues IU over firing

February 26, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A former clinic director at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis who was fired last year after students complained he inappropriately touched them is suing to get his job back, saying he was denied a fair hearing
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