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SCOTUS: Jury secrecy no bar to looking into race bias

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A juror's use of racial or ethnic slurs during deliberations over a defendant’s guilt can be a reason for breaching the centuries-old legal principle of secrecy in the jury room, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
Inefficiency witnessed by the Associated Press writer over two days in one of the nation's busiest immigration courts illustrate systemic dysfunction. More than half a million cases weigh down court dockets across the country as President Donald Trump steps up enforcement of immigration laws.
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Trump signs new travel ban, targets those seeking new visas

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program.
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Tax Court returns to IU Maurer for hearing in new CVS case

March 6, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Tax Court will return to Bloomington this week to hear another case involving the Monroe County Assessor and the CVS Corporation.
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Tax Court rules against steelworkers hall exemptions

March 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Porter County union cannot receive property tax exemptions on its meeting hall for the 2008 and 2010 tax years after the Indiana Tax Court held Friday that the property’s functions were largely used for the benefit of union members.
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Experienced applicants file for Supreme Court vacancy

March 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
Sixteen men and five women applied to succeed Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, the Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday.
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Deadlocked justices reinstate COA order allowing juvenile arrest expungement

March 3, 2017
IL Staff
After the four participating justices who heard arguments in an expungement case Thursday became deadlocked over the case’s proper disposition, the Indiana Supreme Court reinstated the Court of Appeals order granting a juvenile expungement petition.
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Indiana judge rejects man's plea deal in crash that killed 3

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A western Indiana judge has rejected a man's plea agreement in a one-vehicle crash that killed his three teenage passengers in 2015.
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21 apply for Indiana Supreme Court vacancy

March 3, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday that 21 people applied to succeed Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court vacancy.
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Children’s commission bill advances

March 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would allow the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana to hire an executive director, costing an estimated $150,000 annually, will be presented to the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services Monday.
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COA orders trial court to comply with Trial Rule 59 in custody case

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Putnam Superior Court must reconsider a motion to correct error on a child custody modification motion, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday, because the trial court did not provide a reason for granting the motion to correct.
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Justices reverse suppression of man’s admission to driving under the influence

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has reversed a motion to suppress evidence of a man’s admission to driving under the influence at a sobriety checkpoint, holding that the brief and public nature of the checkpoint did not require police officers to give the man a Miranda warning.
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After rehearing, COA reaffirms judgment in favor of Barnes & Thornburg

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
After granting a rehearing to adopt a previous holding by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday reaffirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Barnes & Thornburg LLP on a legal malpractice claim.
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Justices consider whether arrest after filing can halt expungement

March 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana Supreme Court justices focused on the phrase “upon receipt” in analyzing whether an expungement must be granted to a qualified petitioner. But they also puzzled over whether the Legislature would have intended the second-chance statute to extend to people who have subsequent run-ins with the law.
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COA: Trial court can hear complaint stemming from bankruptcy proceedings

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has instructed the Delaware Circuit Court to hear a case stemming from the sale of interests in a bankruptcy proceeding after determining that the trial court has jurisdiction over the complaint.
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DNA tests show imprisoned Indiana man didn't commit '92 rape

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A central Indiana man who's spent nearly a quarter-century in prison is seeking to have his rape conviction vacated after DNA tests show he wasn't the assailant.
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Defendant who requests right to speak should be allowed to speak, COA rules

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Marion County woman will be given an opportunity to urge the court not to revoke her placement in a work release program after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday that the trial court had violated her right to allocution by refusing to let her speak.
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Indiana woman says she smothered kids to death to save them

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana woman told detectives she smothered her two young children to death because she feared they would be tortured by members of a drug cartel, newly released documents show.
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Supreme Court sets argument at Rucker’s high school

March 1, 2017
IL Staff
One of Justice Robert Rucker’s final arguments as member of the Indiana Supreme Court will be a Lake County case heard at his high school alma mater in Gary.
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IU Maurer taps federal judge criticized by Trump for visitor's board

March 1, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A federal judge who was the target of President Donald Trump’s verbal attack has been appointed to the Board of Visitors at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
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Supreme Court revives challenge by black voters in Virginia

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court gave new life Wednesday to a challenge by African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed some legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.
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Lawyer: Experts say man who beheaded son ready for release

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A lawyer in Virginia Beach, Virginia said experts believe her client is ready to be released from a Virginia psychiatric hospital where he was sent after decapitating his 5-year-old son and saying he was trying to save the boy from the Antichrist.
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Indiana Senate OKs abortion bill on parental notification

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
Pregnant minors would be unable to obtain an abortion without at least attempting to notify their parents under a measure that cleared the Indiana Senate Tuesday.
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Hogsett's criminal justice center could cost $575 million

March 1, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s administration on Tuesday estimated that its proposed new jail, courthouse and intervention center would cost between $565 million and $575 million.
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COA reverses Purdue voyeurism conviction

February 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man convicted of voyeurism in a Purdue University sorority house has had his convictions reversed, though the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday that the man could be retried.
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