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Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

November 23, 2016
 Associated Press
An Obama administration Justice Department that emphasized the need to be "smart on crime" is being replaced with a Trump presidency that campaigned on being "tough on crime."
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Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

November 23, 2016
 Associated Press
In a blow to the Obama administration's labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.
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Justices consider relevance of immigration status in undocumented worker’s lawsuit

November 22, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether introducing an injured man's immigration status to a jury in his lawsuit for future wages would be prejudicial enough to outweigh its probative value.
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House seeks delay in health law appeal pending new president

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
The Republican-led House of Representatives is asking the federal appeals court in Washington to delay consideration of a case involving the Obama health care law because Donald Trump has pledged to repeal and replace it when he becomes president.
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Bail set in 1980 death of Indiana police officer

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Bail has been set for a northwest Indiana man charged in the 1980 death of a police officer killed while working a side security job.
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VA worker’s protective order against Marine reversed

November 22, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A woman who worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs who obtained a protective order against a patient after he left four notes on her car didn’t prove that the Marine had stalked her and threatened her safety, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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‘Moorish national’ loses appeal of house-squatting conviction

November 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man who identifies as a "Moorish National" sovereign citizen immune from state and federal law had no luck persuading the Indiana Court of Appeals to overturn his convictions arising from his occupancy of an Indianapolis house that was being prepared for sale after foreclosure.
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Trump’s AG pick Sessions could influence immigration

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
As a senator, Jeff Sessions became Congress’ leading advocate not only for a cracking down on illegal immigration but also for slowing all immigration, increasing mass deportations and scrutinizing more strictly those entering the U.S. As attorney general, he'd be well positioned to turn those ideas into reality.
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Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex abuse

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
A former USA Gymnastics team doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his Michigan home with a girl under 13.
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Pence attorney argues public-records law shouldn’t apply to emails

November 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
An attorney for Gov. Mike Pence argued Monday that Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act should not apply to a governor’s emails, prompting the plaintiff seeking those records to call the position chilling and reminiscent of the administration of President Richard Nixon.
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Judiciary addressing rising number of CHINS cases around state

November 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
A sharp increase in the number of case filings involving children in need of services comes as the number of juvenile delinquencies across Indiana is decreasing, which Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush attributes to the state court system’s focus on increasing resources to juvenile courts and assigning appropriate punishments to juvenile offenders.
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Anthem, Cigna to begin court fight to save $48 billion merger

November 21, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc.’s proposed merger with Cigna Corp. would reduce health-care competition and raise costs for consumers, U.S. antitrust lawyers will argue Monday when the government goes to court to try to block the transaction.
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Southern District adopts amended rules

November 21, 2016
IL Staff
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana announced Monday that it will adopt a set of amended local rules beginning Dec. 1.
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Indy attorney elected to Judicial Nominating/Qualifications commissions

November 21, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis attorney has been elected as the next district two representative of the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission/Judicial Qualifications Commission.
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Trump quickly settles university lawsuits after a long fight

November 21, 2016
 Associated Press
For more than six years, Donald Trump fought hard against a lawsuit in which former customers of his now-defunct Trump University accused him of fraud. Less than two weeks after being elected president, he agreed to a $25 million settlement.
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Judge halts Brownsburg annexation

November 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A Marion County judge has stopped an annexation by the town of Brownsburg, finding that while key parts of Indiana’s annexation statute are vague, the municipality did not show the area to be annexed had an urban character nor that it was needed for future development.
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Marion County judge opens court for National Adoption Day

November 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
As Marion Superior Judge Steven Eichholtz read the order officially transitioning a girl’s grandmother to the new title of adoptive mother, 10-year-old Victoria Kaufman told the judge she couldn’t stop smiling.
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Indiana man cites religious freedom law for not paying taxes

November 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Attorneys for an Indianapolis man have argued before a state appellate court that Indiana's religious freedom law protects him from paying taxes.
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Lake County sheriff, Portage mayor charged in towing-bribe schemes

November 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lake County Sheriff and county Democratic Party Chairman John Buncich and Portage Mayor James Snyder have been indicted on public corruption and bribery charges handed down by a grand jury.
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COA: Officers don’t have to relay specifics of their ‘reasonable suspicions’

November 18, 2016
Olivia Covington
Deciding that police officers do not have to relay the specific details of their reasons for being suspicious of a person before an officer stops and detains that person, the Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected a man’s argument that evidence of his possession of a handgun was improperly admitted.
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Judges decline to consider mother’s actions in med-mal case

November 18, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected a doctor’s argument that a patient’s mother served as an intervening cause to the loss of the patient’s kidney and instead upheld the rule that a parent’s alleged contributory negligence may not be imputed to a child’s medical malpractice claim.
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Jury unable to reach verdict in triple slaying trial

November 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the triple slaying trial of a 19-year-old Fort Wayne man.
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Woman's family sues Indiana church, pastor after drowning

November 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The family of an 18-year-old woman who drowned in a swimming pool at her pastor's home where she had been babysitting is suing the pastor and his northwest Indiana megachurch.
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Jury acquits 2 Indianapolis officers of beating veteran

November 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A jury has acquitted two Indianapolis police officers of battery after they allegedly assaulted a veteran, leaving him unconscious outside a bar.
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New law creates murkiness on private university police records

November 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court left no doubt that it considered the Notre Dame Police Department exempt from the Access to Public Records Act when it affirmed dismissal of ESPN’s lawsuit seeking records of the department’s interactions with 275 student athletes. But a bill signed into law this year dealing with access to police body cameras could change that.
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