Courts

When mass shooters die, some feel better off with no trial

June 20, 2016
 Associated Press
Through his death in a gun battle with police, the Orlando nightclub gunman deprived his victims' families of the chance for a trial that could have helped to channel grief, offer a sense of justice or provide answers for the bloodshed. But some touched by other mass shootings in which the killers have died say they are grateful to be spared the extended, emotionally grueling legal proceedings.
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US Supreme Court leaves state assault weapons bans in place

June 20, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead.
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US Supreme Court upholds rules used by patent-review board

June 20, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a system that has helped companies like Google Inc. and Apple Inc. invalidate hundreds of disputed patents without having to go to court.
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Man charged in cop's death again asks to represent self

June 20, 2016
 Associated Press
A man accused of killing an Indianapolis police officer in 2014 has again asked to represent himself in court.
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7th Circuit: Third time’s charm in gun sentencing

June 17, 2016
Dave Stafford
It took three appeals, but a man’s sentence for illegal firearm possession finally satisfied the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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7th Circuit cuts attorney fees in Indy skyline photo case

June 17, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found the district court did not calculate attorney fees correctly in a dismissed copyright lawsuit and remanded the case so the correct amount could be awarded.
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Judge rejects state’s appeal bid in deaf litigant case

June 17, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge Friday rejected the state’s effort to appeal a ruling that a court discriminated against a deaf litigant, writing the bid was “a classic example of when an immediate appeal is not warranted.”
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Appeals court affirms reinstatement of drug sentence

June 17, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the reinstatement of a woman’s sentence after she was terminated from drug court, finding a request for new counsel she made was too late and a stay of her drug court supervision was meant to help her, not harm her.
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COA dismisses appeal of agreed judgment

June 17, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld long-standing precedent when it dismissed an appeal of an agreed judgment between a law firm and a couple that accused the firm of malpractice.
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Simon faces proposed class-action from guest services managers

June 17, 2016
Dave Stafford
Two former guest-services managers at shopping malls in Illinois and Oklahoma have sued Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, claiming the retail property giant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay overtime and comply with other federal wage and hour provisions.
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Children of trucking exec challenge will, claim wife orchestrated changes

June 17, 2016
Jared Council, IBJ Staff
The children of deceased Celadon Group Inc. co-founder Steve Russell claim his second wife engineered changes to his will while he suffered from dementia, boosting the amount she would immediately inherit from his $31 million estate at their expense.
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Valpo grad convicted in violent attack of Virginia couple faces life sentence

June 17, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A jury has recommended the man convicted of violently attacking a lawyer and his wife inside their McLean, Virginia, home be sentenced to life in prison.
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Indiana man sentenced to life after third bank robbery

June 17, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana man has been sentenced to life in prison under a federal "three strikes" law after he was convicted of robbing a Muscatine bank.
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Lawsuit: Notre Dame displaying stolen early American art

June 17, 2016
 Associated Press
The University of Notre Dame is displaying $575,000 worth of early American art that was stolen from a man 20 years ago, according to a lawsuit filed by the man's son.
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Henry County judge to lead new Indiana Supreme Court office

June 17, 2016
IL Staff
Henry Circuit Judge Mary Willis has been named the first chief administrative officer of the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Federal judge dismisses Texas' lawsuit over Syrian refugees

June 16, 2016
 Associated Press
Texas can't keep out Syrian refugees, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing concerns state Republican leaders' sounded over hidden extremists following the Paris attacks and revived this week by Donald Trump following the nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida.
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Appeals court affirms town’s annexation ordinance is void

June 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a town’s failure to include roads in an annexation ordinance where it sought to annex two pieces of land rendered the ordinance void.
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COA: Judge’s comments do not require dismissal of charges

June 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a trial court judge’s inappropriate comments during trial did not “goad” the defense into asking for a mistrial and affirmed denial of the defense’s motion to dismiss child molesting, rape and sexual misconduct charges against the defendant.
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Justices toss meth conviction, advise courts on indigent depositions

June 16, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Huntington County man’s conviction for dealing meth and 40-year sentence were reversed Thursday by the Indiana Supreme Court, which remanded the case for a new trial and used the decision to send a message to trial courts. The court ruled the denial of depositions of state witnesses by indigent defendants must be supported in the record by findings of fact.
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COA upholds kidnapper's sex offender status

June 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
A prisoner at the Indiana Department of Correction failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that his sex offender classification should be dropped as the COA found it did not violate the ex post facto clause of the Indiana Constitution.
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Senate committee unanimously supports Ong nomination

June 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Winfield Ong received the support of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. On a voice vote, the committee unanimously approved Ong’s nomination.
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Iran files suit against US in world court over frozen assets

June 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Iran has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice to recover $2 billion worth of frozen assets the U.S. Supreme Court awarded to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran.
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City liable for sign firm's damages, judge rules

June 15, 2016
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
Indiana billboard company GEFT Outdoor LLC expects to seek millions of dollars in damages from the city of Indianapolis after a federal judge ruled that the city’s former sign ordinance was unconstitutional.
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‘Stairway’ trial opens with questions about obscure ‘Taurus’

June 15, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The trial over whether Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant stole the iconic opening riff to “Stairway to Heaven" opened with testimony about when the British rockers might have heard the 1968 song they’re accused of copying.
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Statute of limitations bars rate hike claim

June 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled the statute of limitations had expired for a member of a power cooperative to challenge its parent company’s change from state to federal regulation and upheld summary judgment for the parent company.
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