Courts

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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Apple's best arguments against the US over iPhone access

February 25, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Apple has just days left to marshal its legal arguments in the biggest battle in a generation pitting public safety against personal privacy: the U.S. government versus one of the world’s most powerful technology companies.
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COA: Wood boiler cannot be used while court case is pending

February 25, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the denial of a preliminary injunction sought by a couple, finding they could stop neighbors from using an outside wood boiler during their legal action.
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COA agrees state did not interfere with defense

February 25, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a man’s convictions for criminal confinement and domestic battery, among other charges, after it found the state did not interfere by not allowing one of the man’s witnesses to testify.
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6 states sue Obama administration over Affordable Care Act

February 25, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Six states, including Indiana, filed a new lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act.
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Suit aims to strike down law barring vote by committed mentally ill

February 25, 2016
Dave Stafford
A proposed class-action lawsuit naming state election officials and the clerk of Jefferson County argues a 1995 state law preventing people committed to a state hospital from voting in local elections is unconstitutional.
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14th Amendment rights not violated by voice test

February 25, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found a man’s 14th Amendment rights were not violated when he was asked to take a voice stress test as part of an administrative investigation into possible wrongdoing as a police officer.
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Court finds double jeopardy in stalking case

February 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a man’s conviction of stalking as a Class C felony to Dearborn Superior Court because of double jeopardy violations. The court did uphold invasion of privacy charges and the revocation of his probation.
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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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