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Indiana students fight to display pro-abortion rights sign

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
Students at a suburban Indiana high school who were told they couldn't hang a pro-abortion rights sign in the cafeteria are turning to the courts, arguing that another student group was allowed to put up an anti-abortion sign last year.
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Indiana city court burdened with large caseload

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana city's municipal court is facing a caseload that far exceeds the combined number of pending cases for the rest of the city and town courts in its county.
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Groth's attorney not surprised by Supreme Court's denial of transfer

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court’s decision to deny transfer to an open records case involving former Gov. Mike Pence did not come as a surprise to those involved in or who had followed the case closely.
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Judge approves $227M in FedEx driver suit settlements

May 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
FedEx Corp. will pay more than $227 million to settle some of the long-running lawsuits brought by drivers in Indiana and 18 others states who claim they were undercompensated because the company classified them as independent contractors rather than full-time workers.
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7th Circuit dismisses juvenile’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a juvenile’s appeal of an order that he submit to a psychological examination, finding that the court does not yet have jurisdiction to hear the case.
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Magistrate Judge Baker appointed to federal board

May 3, 2017
IL Staff
United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has appointed Magistrate Judge Tim Baker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to the board of directors of the Federal Judicial Center, making him the only magistrate judge to hold a board position.
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Justices affirm life sentences for Richmond Hill mastermind

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The man convicted as the architect of a November 2012 home explosion that left two people dead and dozens of others injured will spend the rest of his life in prison after the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed his murder convictions and life without parole sentences on Tuesday.
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Holcomb to choose next Supreme Court justice from trio of trial court judges

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The three people Gov. Eric Holcomb is considering as the next Indiana Supreme Court justice are a repeat-finalist former Gov. Mike Pence considered for the same position last year; a candidate who is a decade younger than the rest of the court; and a southern Indiana trial court judge elected to the bench as a Democrat.
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Unique Indy merit-selection system replaces voided elections, faces likely challenges

May 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
Judges in Indianapolis won’t have to worry about running for election in the future, but they will face up-or-down retention votes under a bill signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb April 27. The system to replace the current one ruled unconstitutional was adopted by lawmakers despite warnings that the new system also is spoiling for a fight in court.
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Mediators seeing a rise in attorneys arriving unprepared

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The rustling of papers and the sight of attorneys sifting through documents to find information has led Vanessa Lopez Aguilera to conclude attorneys increasingly are arriving unprepared for mediation.
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Pro bono reporting results draw mixed reaction

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The first round of data collected from Indiana’s new pro bono reporting rule invoked opposing reactions among the members of the Coalition for Court Access who recently reviewed the numbers. Some thought the amount of time and money lawyers donated to legal aid was shameful, while others were thrilled with the level of giving.
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Disciplinary Actions -5/3/17

May 3, 2017
IL Staff
Read who has recently been suspended.
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Trucking company target of several lawsuits

May 2, 2017
IBJ Staff
At least 16 law firms, most of them based in New York City, have issued press releases in recent days saying they have filed lawsuits against an Indianapolis-based trucking company or are investigating doing so.
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Supreme Court hears INDOT case during Rucker’s final oral arguments

May 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
In his last oral arguments on the bench of the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Robert Rucker and three other justices considered the public standing doctrine and the concept of parens patriae as they weighed granting transfer to a case involving a dispute between a state agency and a local municipality.
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Indiana woman pleads guilty in abuse death of daughter, 3

May 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty in her 3-year-old daughter's abuse death and injuries suffered by the girl's older sibling.
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Common Cause, NAACP sue over Marion County early voting

May 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion County’s single location for early voting provides unequal access to the ballot, argues a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Common Cause and the NAACP. Plaintiffs in the case allege Indianapolis’ sole early voting precinct is discriminatory and constitutes voter suppression.
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Indiana appeals order blocking abortion ultrasound mandate

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is appealing a federal ruling that blocks a state mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion.
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Indiana Supreme Court ends lawyer's legal quest for Pence emails

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court is denying a request from a lawyer who wanted his public records case against Vice President Mike Pence to be given a fresh look.
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Appeals court won't reconsider net neutrality ruling

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court said Monday it won't reconsider its ruling to uphold the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all online traffic equally.
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Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under US housing law

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes.
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Kansas judges back off effort to keep jurors' names secret

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is one of several states where courts don't have to release jurors' names.
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Man convicted in IU student's death appeals 80-year sentence

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A man serving an 80-year prison sentence for the beating death of an Indiana University student is appealing his sentence.
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Charter school facing suit warns of potential ‘chaos’

May 1, 2017
Dave Stafford
An Ellettsville charter school affiliated with a religious institution warns that if a federal lawsuit targeting the school’s state funding is successful, similar charter schools statewide could face “chaos.”
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City court judge resigns same day Supreme Court issues reprimand

May 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a northern Indiana judge Friday convicted of felony battery against a public safety official after an altercation with a local police chief. As part of the agreement, the judge resigned effective immediately.
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Supreme Court rejects ‘dark box’ case, lets Tax Court ruling stand

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Supreme Court has denied review to a tax case involving the use of vacant, or “dark,” retail store properties in determining tax assessments for similar-functioning retail properties, allowing the Indiana Tax Court’s ruling in the case to stand.
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  1. File under the Sociology of Hoosier Discipline ... “We will be answering the complaint in due course and defending against the commission’s allegations,” said Indianapolis attorney Don Lundberg, who’s representing Hudson in her disciplinary case. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW ... Lundberg ran the statist attorney disciplinary machinery in Indy for decades, and is now the "go to guy" for those who can afford him .... the ultimate insider for the well-to-do and/or connected who find themselves in the crosshairs. It would appear that this former prosecutor knows how the game is played in Circle City ... and is sacrificing accordingly. See more on that here ... http://www.theindianalawyer.com/supreme-court-reprimands-attorney-for-falsifying-hours-worked/PARAMS/article/43757 Legal sociologists could have a field day here ... I wonder why such things are never studied? Is a sacrifice to the well connected former regulators a de facto bribe? Such questions, if probed, could bring about a more just world, a more equal playing field, less Stalinist governance. All of the things that our preambles tell us to value could be advanced if only sunshine reached into such dark worlds. As a great jurist once wrote: "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman." Other People's Money—and How Bankers Use It (1914). Ah, but I am certifiable, according to the Indiana authorities, according to the ISC it can be read, for believing such trite things and for advancing such unwanted thoughts. As a great albeit fictional and broken resistance leaders once wrote: "I am the dead." Winston Smith Let us all be dead to the idea of maintaining a patently unjust legal order.

  2. The Department of Education still has over $100 million of ITT Education Services money in the form of $100+ million Letters of Credit. That money was supposed to be used by The DOE to help students. The DOE did nothing to help students. The DOE essentially stole the money from ITT Tech and still has the money. The trustee should be going after the DOE to get the money back for people who are owed that money, including shareholders.

  3. Do you know who the sponsor of the last-minute amendment was?

  4. Law firms of over 50 don't deliver good value, thats what this survey really tells you. Anybody that has seen what they bill for compared to what they deliver knows that already, however.

  5. As one of the many consumers affected by this breach, I found my bank data had been lifted and used to buy over $200 of various merchandise in New York. I did a pretty good job of tracing the purchases to stores around a college campus just from the info on my bank statement. Hm. Mr. Hill, I would like my $200 back! It doesn't belong to the state, in my opinion. Give it back to the consumers affected. I had to freeze my credit and take out data protection, order a new debit card and wait until it arrived. I deserve something for my trouble!

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