Courts

4 charged in death of 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge entered not guilty pleas Thursday on behalf of four people charged with neglect in the death of a malnourished 9-year-old western Indiana boy with cerebral palsy.
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Attorneys of man accused of eating girlfriend say he's not competent for trial

February 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Attorneys for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014 say he's not competent to stand trial.
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Justices question meaning of EBITDA in HHGregg manager bonus case

February 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a key member of HHGregg’s leadership team died in 2012, his $40 million life insurance policy was paid out to the company and brought that year’s total earnings to $143.5 million. Now, senior managers on the HHGregg team say they should receive bonuses based on the total 2012 earnings, claiming that the life insurance policy propelled the company to an earnings level that warranted extra compensation for their work.
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Trump's immigration crackdown likely to bring lawsuit flood

February 23, 2017
 Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump’s plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.
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Supreme Court hears Spirited Sales liquor wholesaling case

February 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The fate of Spirited Sales LLC’s liquor wholesaling license is in the hands of the Indiana Supreme Court as the justices consider whether allowing the company to keep its permit would enable its parent company, Monarch Beverage Co., to gain an unlawful monopoly in the alcohol wholesaling business.
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High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws.
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Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who spent years battling school officials for the right to bring her service dog — a goldendoodle named Wonder — to class.
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Indiana Senate panel advances restrictive abortion bill

February 23, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana abortion bill meant to strengthen parental rights would require notifying parents when a daughter under the age of 18 pursues legal action to obtain an abortion without their consent.
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COA: Theories presented to trial court in med-mal cases were presented to review panels

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
After finding that evidence of disputed medical malpractice theories in two cases were presented to the medical review panels in each, Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed summary judgment in favor of a health care provider in one case but is allowing the provider in the other to present evidence related to a subsequent malpractice theory against him.
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State appeals triple-murder conviction reversal to US Supreme Court

February 22, 2017
IL Staff
A man’s murder convictions vacated in a habeas decision by the en banc 7th Circuit Court of Appeals should be reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office says.
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Man ruled competent to stand trial in officer's slaying

February 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A man accused in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis police officer has been found competent to understand the charges against him.
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Man’s forgery convictions for bogus check affirmed

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man who tried to pass a bogus check for $2,248.33 at two Marion grocery stores failed to persuade an appellate panel to reverse his convictions because of insufficient evidence. He argued in part his conviction shouldn’t stand because the stores had no video cameras.
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Despite inadmissible testimony, molestation conviction affirmed

February 22, 2017
A trial court erred in allowing evidence of a defendant’s alleged prior bad acts at his child molestation jury trial, but based on other corroborating evidence, the admission was harmless, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Divided full 7th Circuit allows inmate death case to go to trial

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman whose son was found dead in an Indiana Department of Correction facility can now take her case to trial after a divided en banc 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in favor of the health care providers who treated her chronically ill son.
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Defendant’s testimony makes admission error harmless

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although unauthenticated videos and photos showing a defendant appearing to make methamphetamine should not have been admitted at trial under the silent-witness theory, the Indiana Court of Appeals found the error was harmless because of the defendant’s own testimony.
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Robing ceremony planned for former senator elected to St. Joseph bench

February 22, 2017
IL Staff
A former Indiana senator who was recently elected to St. Joseph Circuit Court will be honored this week.
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Merit selection for Marion County a path back to court?

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
As the General Assembly weighs a new means of choosing Marion County judges, critics of the proposed merit-selection system say its enactment will almost guarantee another court fight.
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No slowdown in expungements

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The number of petitions filed around the state remains high, but clerks and attorneys say they have adjusted to the workload.
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Disciplinary Actions - 2/22/17

February 22, 2017
IL Staff
Read who has recently been suspended or reinstated.
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Supreme Court to hear HHGregg, managers’ incentive fight

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear a case Feb. 23 in which a trial court and the Indiana Court of Appeals reached opposite conclusions about whether key HHGregg managers were entitled to incentive bonuses triggered by the company’s receipt of $40 million from an executive’s life insurance proceeds.
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Justices reject appeal of tea party groups over IRS review

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a nonprofit group that wanted to sue individual IRS officials for targeting tea party groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
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Deadline approaches to apply for Indiana Supreme Court

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The deadline for attorneys to apply to become an Indiana Supreme Court justice is noon on March 3.
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COA reverses drug convictions for lack of police inventory regulation

February 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals vacated a Putnam County man’s drug conviction Tuesday after finding that police officers were not following proper protocol when they searched the man’s vehicle.
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Supreme Court reprimands senior judge convicted of OWI

February 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand against a senior judge convicted of driving while intoxicated.
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Supreme Court seems split in case of boy’s death near border

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States appears to be evenly divided about the right of Mexican parents to use American courts to sue a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired across the U.S.-Mexican border and killed their teenage son.
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