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Northern District amends magistrate local rule

October 1, 2008
IL Staff
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana has amended its Local Rule 72.1 - Authority of United States Magistrate Judges.
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Transfer granted in write-offs case

October 1, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer yesterday to a case of first impression involving write-offs and insurance benefits.
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Forfeiture of money to FBI allowed

October 1, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
A man whose $12,000 was seized following an arrest after a traffic stop wasn't entitled to get his money back from the FBI because the organization properly followed the rules, and even went above typical forfeiture proceedings in an attempt to inform the man of the seized money.
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After exoneration

October 1, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Wrongfully convicted Hoosier settles federal suit for $4.5 million.
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System delivers injustice

October 1, 2008
Michael Hoskins
Exonerated face new, old legal hurdles after release.
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Amendment trumps high court ruling

September 30, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
Addressing the issue for the first time since the legislature amended the state's Workers' Compensation Act in 2006, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today the amendment overrules an earlier Indiana Supreme Court decision that placed the burden of proof on employers in cases involving "neutral risk" incidents.
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Judges disagree on attorney fee provision

September 30, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A legal battle that was once about Indiana's requirements to obtain a driver's license or state identification turned into a tug-of-war appeal about attorney fees.
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Transfer granted to school financing case

September 29, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer last week to a case of first impression involving the courts' authority to review the state's school financing formula.
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Evidence failed to support ending parental rights

September 29, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a trial court's ruling to involuntarily terminate a mother's parental rights to her young twins, finding the court issued deficient termination orders and lacked clear and convincing evidence to terminate the parental rights.
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Judge allows transgender suit to proceed

September 26, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A transgender former high school student who was barred from his senior prom in Gary because he was wearing a pink dress for the occasion will have his day in court.
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Director elected VP of court administrators group

September 26, 2008
IL Staff
Lila Judson, executive director of the Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration, has been elected to serve as the vice president of the national Conference of State Court Administrators for the 2008-09 term.
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LLCs must have attorneys in federal court

September 26, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
Owners of limited liability companies must be represented by an attorney to appeal a decision in federal court, ruled the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals today.
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Federal death penalty trial still possible

September 25, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The first-ever federal death penalty trial in the Southern District of Indiana may still happen, even though the defendant has signed a plea agreement in connection with a violent killing spree almost three years ago.
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President signs new Federal Rule of Evidence

September 25, 2008
IL Staff
The Federal Rules of Evidence have been amended in hopes of lessening the skyrocketing costs of discovery.
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COA to visit IU School of Law - Bloomington

September 25, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear arguments in an Elkhart County child molesting case in Bloomington Sept. 29.
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Granted transfers include hearsay case

September 24, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court has granted two transfers, including a case involving whether a warrant based on hearsay was supported by probable cause or fell under the good faith exception.
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Comments sought on proposed reentry court rules

September 24, 2008
IL Staff
The Problem-Solving Courts Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana is seeking public comment on proposed reentry court rules.
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COA upholds Plainfield parks ban

September 24, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Constitution doesn't ensure a person's right to enter a public park, and that means a local law restricting sex offenders from visiting those areas isn't unconstitutional, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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Judges split on sentence reduction

September 23, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
An Indiana Court of Appeals panel was split in determining how much weight to give to a defendant's mental illness in evaluating her sentence.
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Event to focus on election, U.S. Supreme Court

September 23, 2008
IL Staff
University of Notre Dame Law School professor Richard Garnett is the featured speaker at an event discussing the upcoming presidential election and its impact on the nation's highest court.
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High court vies for international tech award

September 22, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court is one of 13 international finalists being recognized for recent technology efforts, which include the case management system being phased in statewide to connect all county courts.
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Decomposition cleanup subject to lien law

September 22, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A decomposing body left in a Johnson County home has led the Indiana Court of Appeals to analyze the state mechanic's lien statute.
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7th Circuit to hear arguments at law school

September 22, 2008
IL Staff
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals travels Tuesday to hear arguments at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.
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Granted transfers include child-support case

September 22, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court granted three transfers late last week, including one in which the court will re-examine a 2007 decision involving child support and incarcerated parents.
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Supreme Court disbars Indianapolis attorney

September 19, 2008
Michael Hoskins
An Indianapolis lawyer who engaged in repeated and serious acts of attorney misconduct involving multiple clients has been disbarred.
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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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