Courts

Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, vows to serve Constitution

April 10, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump praised new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch during a White House swearing-in ceremony on Monday as a jurist who will rule "not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law."
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Judge orders 3 off sex offender registry

April 10, 2017
IL Staff
Three men who moved to Indiana and were required to put their names on the state’s sex offender registry are likely to win their lawsuit that claims they wouldn’t face that requirement had they lived in Indiana all their lives, a judge ruled, ordering their names removed.
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Supreme Court strikes down contentious med-mal ruling

April 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
After six years of controversy over the limits, or lack thereof, on what evidence and arguments may be presented to a trial court during a medical malpractice proceeding, the Indiana Supreme Court has denounced a highly disputed medical malpractice case while simultaneously adopting a recent Court of Appeals opinion.
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Indiana sheriff's corruption trial delayed until August

April 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has delayed a northern Indiana sheriff's corruption trial until August, giving attorneys more time to prepare.
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Gorsuch may be decisive vote in divisive Supreme Court cases

April 7, 2017
 Associated Press
With Neil Gorsuch's confirmation as the 113th Supreme Court justice on Friday, it won't be long before he starts revealing what he really thinks about a range of hot topics he repeatedly sidestepped during his confirmation hearing.
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Appellate court affirms CHINS order

April 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a Vanderburgh County children in need of services order after finding the children’s custodian did not make any argument as to why his stipulation to the facts of the CHINS petition should be withdrawn for cause.
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Teen accused in killing over Facebook post gets fall trial

April 7, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge has set an October trial for a central Indiana teenager accused of fatally shooting a man over a Facebook posting.
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Prosecutor seeks life for Indiana man charged with choking son, 5

April 7, 2017
 Associated Press
A prosecutor is seeking life in prison without parole for a southwestern Indiana man charged with fatally choking his 5-year-old son.
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‘Repugnant’ teacher’s 21-year molest sentence affirmed

April 6, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Seymour Middle School math teacher lost his appeal and will serve the 21-year sentence imposed by the trial court for grooming and molesting a student whose parents say she was “broken” by the experience. One Court of Appeals judge wrote he might have added years to the teacher’s sentence, had the state asked.
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Ex-Marion County Prosecutor Brizzi suspended for misconduct

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana after the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission found he violated prohibitions against representing a client in a case in which he had a personal interest.
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COA affirms convictions in Tippecanoe County robberies

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Tippecanoe County man’s numerous robbery, criminal confinement and firearm convictions have been affirmed after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday that the trial court did not abuse its discretion throughout the conviction and sentencing process.
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COA: Town can compel property to connect to sewer

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A northern Indiana town was within its municipal rights to compel a property owner to connect to the municipal sewer line because the properties in question were within 300 feet of the sewer system, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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Senate 'goes nuclear' for Gorsuch confirmation vote

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
The Senate has voted to “go nuclear” and eliminate the filibuster for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and future court picks. The change dubbed “the nuclear option” came Thursday on a procedural motion and removes a 60-vote filibuster requirement for Neil Gorsuch. The Senate is expected to confirm the appellate court judge on Friday to fill a vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
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Man who spat in woman’s face loses appeal

April 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has confirmed a battery conviction against a man who spat in a woman’s face after finding that minor discrepancies in the charging information and evidence at trial did not undermine the case.
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Bitter accusations ahead of Senate Supreme Court showdown

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
Lawmakers traded bitter accusations on the Senate floor Thursday ahead of showdown votes over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, that could change the Senate and the court for generations.
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High court may re-examine Civil Rights Act after LGBT ruling

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in and Indiana case reopens the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s protections apply to LGBT workers in the same way they bar discrimination based on someone’s race, religion or national origin.
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Indiana sheriff agrees to plea deal right before trial

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff accused of giving special privileges to a jail inmate in exchange for $40,000 has agreed to plead guilty to an intimidation charge in a deal with prosecutors.
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7th Circuit: Title VII interpretation follows precedent

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The employment discrimination complaint that began as a pro se filing by an Indiana math teacher has led the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to become the first federal appellate court to find the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protection for LGBT workers.
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Discipline charges filed against suspended Dunkirk judge

April 5, 2017
IL Staff
Formal disciplinary charges have been filed against suspended Dunkirk City Court Judge Tommy Dale Phillips II, who was recently sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to felony battery on a law enforcement officer.
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Fishers fitness firm sanctioned for violating injunction

April 5, 2017
IL Staff
A Fishers fitness business must pay a $1,000 penalty for violating a court order in a franchise dispute.
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Court lets IPL rate increases stand

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
An approved rate change for Indianapolis Power & Light customers will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of various advocacy groups on Wednesday.
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Marion County judicial-selection bill headed for conference committee

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill that would establish a merit-based judicial selection system for Marion Superior judges is entering its final phases of negotiation after it cleared the Indiana Senate on Tuesday.
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Taft wins defamation lawsuit in appellate court

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
An Illinois appellate court has affirmed the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP did not defame a private business in a newsletter emailed to clients.
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Gorsuch plagiarism allegations involve Indiana source

April 5, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Reports that Neil Gorsuch may have plagiarized legal writings, including one from an Indiana lawyer, broke late Tuesday, adding to the Washington drama over President Donald Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court.
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Johnson County judge temporarily transferred

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Johnson Circuit Court judge will be temporarily transferred to the county’s Superior Court later this month when Superior Judge Cynthia S. Emkes retires.
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