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Man uses plastic bat to defend son from goose, gets ticket

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose.
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Anthem abandons battle for Cigna after court deals blow to deal

May 12, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc.’s nearly two-year effort to buy rival insurer Cigna Corp. is officially dead.
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Trump: Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of talks

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump, in a warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday that James Comey had better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation.
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ACLU slams, prosecutors welcome Sessions' call for tougher charges

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "repeating a failed experiment" by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.
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Doctor suspended for sex with patient sues over board minutes

May 12, 2017
John Russell
An Indianapolis doctor whose license was suspended after he admitted to having a five-year sexual relationship with a patient says he has been libeled by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for how it recorded the matter in its official minutes.
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Supreme Court updates rules for ‘Notice of Defect’ responses

May 11, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has updated the state’s appellate rules governing how attorneys and litigants must respond when the clerk of the state’s appellate courts return their timely filed documents that do not comply with Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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7th Circuit allows inmate’s due process claim to continue

May 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment against a federal inmate on his constitutional due process claims, finding that the reviews of his prolonged stay in solitary confinement may not pass constitutional muster.
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Company must face fired worker’s religion discrimination claim

May 11, 2017
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Rape charge against Indiana man dismissed after DNA testing

May 11, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana man won't stand trial for a second time on rape and criminal deviate conduct charges filed a quarter-century ago.
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Relying on video evidence that contradicts trial court is not ‘reweighing,’ justices rule

May 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
An appellate court’s decision to rely on video evidence to reverse a trial court’s findings does not constitute impermissible reweighing of the evidence if the video indisputably contradicts the trial court, the Indiana Supreme Court held Thursday while simultaneously affirming a man’s resisting law enforcement and battery against a law enforcement animal convictions.
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Appeals court vacates multiple domestic violence convictions

May 11, 2017
Dave Stafford
Multiple domestic violence convictions against a man accused of repeatedly beating and choking his wife were vacated Thursday by the Indiana Court of Appeals, along with his adjudication as a habitual offender.
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COA affirms $2.13M award against trucking firm in crash

May 11, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Tippecanoe County jury’s award of $2.13 million in damages to a woman permanently injured in a crash that killed her fiancé was affirmed Thursday by the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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COA: Expert should have testified about personal medical practices

May 11, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a patient in a medical malpractice case should have been able to cross-examine the medical expert about his personal medical practices.
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Supreme Court: ‘remoteness’ of prior conviction doesn’t affect admissibility

May 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
Determining that the “remoteness” of a prior offense does not affect the admissibility of evidence at trial, the Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed the award of roughly $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a man injured by a drunk driver.
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Indianapolis man gets 3 life sentences for killing spree

May 11, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
An Indianapolis man has received three consecutive life sentences for killing three people over four days in attacks that authorities say he justified by citing the horror movie, "The Purge."
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US sued for warning immigrant advocacy group to stop legal aid

May 10, 2017
 Bloomberg News
A nonprofit fighting the Trump administration’s travel ban in court sued the U.S. Justice Department after being warned to stop offering legal aid to undocumented immigrants.
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New Jersey man to get attorney fees, interest in failed real estate deal

May 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
After affirming the denial of summary judgment to northern Indiana landowners who misrepresented a property zoning to a potential buyer, the Indiana Court of Appeals also reversed the denial of attorney fees and prejudgment and post-judgment interest to the buyer.
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COA reverses woman’s conviction for violation of protective order

May 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman who sent an email to the board of elders of her former church did not violate the church pastor’s protective order against her because the email was intended for the elders, not the pastor, a divided Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Teen facing felony after shot fleeing police in Elkhart County

May 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A fleeing driver who was shot and wounded by a railroad police officer is a 13-year-old boy who will face at least one felony charge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
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Supreme Court reverses denial of motion to suppress in gun-tip case

May 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
Evidence of a man’s illegal possession of a handgun must be suppressed at his trial on remand after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the evidence was obtained in violation of constitutional protections.
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Harsher sentences could result from guidance weighed by US

May 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a departure from Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and reshape the criminal justice system.
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Residents threaten lawsuit against city of Indianapolis over flood wall project

May 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
A group of residents from a northern Indianapolis suburb are threatening legal action against the city if it moves forward with its plans for a flood wall along a canal, a plan they say could subject their homes to serious flood damage.
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Trump seeks to dodge suit by supporters who beat protesters

May 9, 2017
 Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump asked a federal judge to throw out lawsuits filed by two former supporters who blame him for "inspiring" their violence against protesters at one of his pre-election campaign rallies.
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US Appeals Court holds crisis bailout of AIG lawful

May 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court has upheld as lawful the government's bailout of American International Group in the heat of the financial crisis. It overturned a lower-court decision favoring the insurance giant's former CEO.
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Trump's Muslim comments could haunt him in travel ban appeal

May 9, 2017
 Associated Press
The first federal appeals court to hear a challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban appeared unconvinced that it should ignore the Republican's repeated promises on the campaign trail to bar Muslims from entering the country.
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