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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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Indiana man pleads guilty in 2015 crash that killed 3 teens

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty in Newport to charges in connection with a one-vehicle crash in 2015 that killed his three teenage passengers.
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Former Supreme Court Justice De Bruler dies

February 20, 2017
IL Staff
A funeral service took place Tuesday morning for former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Roger De Bruler, who died Feb. 13.  De Bruler, 82, died with his family at his side, according to his obituary.

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US Supreme Court weighs case of Mexican boy slain across border

February 20, 2017
 Associated Press
Sixty feet and the U.S-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head early on a June evening in 2010.
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7th Circuit allows Indy airport to proceed with insurance claim

February 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing the Indianapolis Airport Authority to move forward with part of an insurance claim stemming from a construction incident at the Midfield Terminal that delayed its opening in 2008.
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Justices deny transfer in suit stemming from meningitis outbreak

February 20, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals’ ruling that some claims from those injured or family members of those who died after being injected with contaminated steroids are governed by the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act will stand after the Indiana Supreme Court declined to take the case on transfer last week.
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New Indiana Supreme Court office to host open house

February 20, 2017
IL Staff
The leaders of a newly created office within the Indiana Supreme Court will host an open house for members of the legal community next month.
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US, ACLU join deaf litigant in ADA suit against Indiana court

February 20, 2017
Dave Stafford
A deaf litigant who was denied a sign language interpreter for court-ordered mediation in his child-custody case has the support of the U.S. Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana in his federal disability-discrimination lawsuit against Marion Circuit Court.
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Justices accept attorney’s resignation, suspend another

February 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
A northern Indiana attorney is no longer practicing law in the Hoosier state after the Indiana Supreme Court accepted his resignation from the Indiana bar last week.
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Prosecutors want reckless homicide charge in dragging death

February 20, 2017
 Associated Press
A 22-year-old man may face a reckless homicide count among other charges after a woman died who authorities say was dragged with his car.
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Anthem, Cigna blast one another over blocked insurer merger

February 20, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Cigna Corp. and Anthem Inc. are trading accusations of harassment and sabotage in competing lawsuits as the two health companies feud publicly in the wake of a stalled $48 billion merger.
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Father sentenced for death of South Bend 4-month-old girl

February 20, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge in South Bend has sentenced a 22-year-old man to 30 years in prison for the 2014 death of his 4-month-old daughter.
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Federal judge denies declaratory judgment to former Supreme Court employee

February 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has officially denied declaratory judgment to a former Indiana Supreme Court employee alleging disability discrimination on the part of state judicial leaders.
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High court reverses termination of father’s parental rights

February 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Montgomery County father’s parental rights have been restored after the Indiana Supreme Court held Friday that lower courts erred in granting and affirming the Department of Child Services’ petition to terminate them.
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Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban

February 17, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation from terrorism.
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  2. Access to the court (judiciary branch of government) is the REAL problem, NOT necessarily lack of access to an attorney. Unfortunately, I've lived in a legal and financial hell for the past six years due to a divorce (where I was, supposedly, represented by an attorney) in which I was defrauded of settlement and the other party (and helpers) enriched through the fraud. When I attempted to introduce evidence and testify (pro se) in a foreclosure/eviction, I was silenced (apparently on procedural grounds, as research I've done since indicates). I was thrown out of a residence which was to be sold, by a judge who refused to allow me to speak in (the supposedly "informal") small claims court where the eviction proceeding (by ex-brother-in-law) was held. Six years and I can't even get back on solid or stable ground ... having bank account seized twice, unlawfully ... and now, for the past year, being dragged into court - again, contrary to law and appellate decisions - by former attorney, who is trying to force payment from exempt funds. Friday will mark fifth appearance. Hopefully, I'll be allowed to speak. The situation I find myself in shouldn't even be possible, much less dragging out with no end in sight, for years. I've done nothing wrong, but am watching a lot of wrong being accomplished under court jurisdiction; only because I was married to someone who wanted and was granted a divorce (but was not willing to assume the responsibilities that come with granting the divorce). In fact, the recalcitrant party was enriched by well over $100k, although it was necessarily split with other actors. Pro bono help? It's a nice dream ... but that's all it is, for too many. Meanwhile, injustice marches on.

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