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Judge frees rape convict after tests show DNA not his

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man who spent nearly 25 years in prison left a courthouse a free man Wednesday after a judge set aside his 1992 rape conviction because DNA found on the victim was not his.
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Defense lawyer's pants catch fire during trial in Miami

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A Miami defense attorney is feeling the heat after his pants caught fire as he delivered closing arguments in an arson case.
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Interviews set for 20 Supreme Court applicants

March 8, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has set aside a day-and-a-half to interview 20 candidates eligible to succeed retiring Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Northwest Indiana lawyers ready to welcome Supreme Court

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
When the Indiana Supreme Court arrives in Gary for oral arguments Thursday, the legal community in Northwest Indiana will be offering a special welcome for the justices and in particular, its favorite son, Justice Robert Rucker.
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COA allows accountant malpractice claim to continue

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has allowed an accountant malpractice claim to continue after holding that the economic loss rule and provisions with a contract do not bar a tort complaint.
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Southern District celebrates pro bono attorneys

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
After enacting a rule allowing judges to assign pro bono cases to attorneys who frequently practice in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is celebrating a “banner year” for pro bono service.
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District court again rules against Concord Schools on ‘Christmas Spectacular’

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has once again entered judgment against a northern Indiana school district after finding it has not made “absolutely clear” that it will permanently nix overtly religious content from its annual Christmas program.
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Gorsuch: A high court pick whose writing is down to Earth

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
When Justice Antonin Scalia backed out of a book project with writing partner Bryan Garner, the justice recommended who might take his place. Neil Gorsuch was first on this list. Legal-writing experts say it’s not hard to see why the veteran jurist would recommend the man President Donald Trump would later nominate to fill the Supreme Court seat Scalia held for nearly 30 years.
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Indiana couple charged with neglect in death of 5-year-old

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
Authorities say a western Indiana couple failed to provide adequate nutrition and follow-up medical care for their disabled 5-year-old daughter who died last year.
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Southern District gets caseload help from Wisconsin

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A declared judicial emergency caused by a vacancy on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has sparked a first-of-its kind partnership between the Southern District and its counterpart in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
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Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws under scrutiny

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Legislation and lawsuits seek to curb the government’s ability to seize private property.
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7th Circuit opinion shapes overhaul of vaping law

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Guidance from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was the driving force behind an overhaul of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, which is now before the House of Representatives in a significantly amended form.
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Trustee prepares for next round in ITT bankruptcy

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Hiring of litigation firm Robins Kaplan indicates claims may be filed against the school’s leaders.
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Trustee prepares for next round in ITT bankruptcy

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Hiring of litigation firm Robins Kaplan indicates claims may be filed against the school’s leaders.
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Nonprofit legal groups help East Chicago residents living in environmental nightmare

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The legal aid groups are working on finding new housing for people as well as securing assistance.
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Disciplinary Actions - 3/8/17

March 8, 2017
Read who has resigned or been suspended in Indiana.
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Marion County prosecutor partners with NextDoor app

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indianapolis law enforcement and prosecution officials are teaming up for an innovative social media partnership designed to engage residents in prosecuting crime.
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Lawyer seeking Pence emails wants remand after learning about private account

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indianapolis attorney who is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to release documents sent to former Gov. Mike Pence is now asking the high court to remand the case in light of recent revelations that Pence used a personal email account for state business while governor.
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Fort Wayne attorney disbarred for fund mismanagement

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Fort Wayne attorney who repeatedly failed to cooperate in a disciplinary action has been disbarred for mismanagement of his trust account and converting client funds.
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COA reverses summary judgment in third appeal in business case

March 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
In the third appeal regarding alleged business relationships between several men, the Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment for the owners of the business in question, holding that there remains a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the other men suffered damages when they were denied ownership interests.
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Opposition vows to fight Trump’s second travel ban

March 7, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the Trump administration’s second executive order on refugees and immigrants as unconstitutional and heartless, the leader of the ACLU of Indiana has vowed to fight.
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Descendant of Supreme Court justice apologizes for Dred Scott

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
The family of the chief justice who presided over the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott decision 160 years ago apologized to the family of a slave who tried to sue for his freedom.
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Man gets 190 years for killing 3 in Fort Wayne robbery

March 7, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has sentenced an Indiana man to 190 years in prison following his convictions on three counts of murder.
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US Supreme Court scraps case on transgender bathroom rights

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen's case to a lower court without reaching a decision, leaving in limbo the issue of transgender rights in school settings.
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Justices take case against Duke Energy, deny transfer to lesbians’ custody case

March 6, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide if a complaint against Duke Energy will be allowed to continue after granting transfer to the class-action suit last week. It also declined to take a parenting time and custody battle between two women over their child born by artificial insemination.
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  1. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  2. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  3. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

  4. If it were your child that died maybe you'd be more understanding. Most of us don't have graves to visit. My son was killed on a state road and I will be putting up a memorial where he died. It gives us a sense of peace to be at the location he took his last breath. Some people should be more understanding of that.

  5. Can we please take notice of the connection between the declining state of families across the United States and the RISE OF CPS INVOLVEMENT??? They call themselves "advocates" for "children's rights", however, statistics show those children whom are taken from, even NEGLIGENT homes are LESS likely to become successful, independent adults!!! Not to mention the undeniable lack of respect and lack of responsibility of the children being raised today vs the way we were raised 20 years ago, when families still existed. I was born in 1981 and I didn't even ever hear the term "CPS", in fact, I didn't even know they existed until about ten years ago... Now our children have disagreements between friends and they actually THREATEN EACH OTHER WITH, "I'll call CPS" or "I'll have [my parent] (usually singular) call CPS"!!!! And the truth is, no parent is perfect and we all have flaws and make mistakes, but it is RIGHTFULLY OURS - BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS GREAT NATION - to be imperfect. Let's take a good look at what kind of parenting those that are stealing our children are doing, what kind of adults are they producing? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILY AND THAT CHILD'S SUCCESS - or otherwise - AS AN ADULT.....

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