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Burkini ban in French beach town reversed by Supreme Court

August 26, 2016
 Bloomberg News
France’s top court struck down a push by local governments to ban the “burkini” from the nation’s beaches, saying the Muslim-style full-body swimming outfits don’t create a public threat that justifies impinging on freedom of religion.
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Monarch affiliate gets big win in effort to sell liquor

August 26, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
A Marion County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a Monarch Beverage Co. affiliate called Spirited Sales LLC in its quest to gain a permit to wholesale liquor, a win in Monarch’s years-long effort to enter the spirits business.
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Prosecutor: Fort Wayne officer's shooting of teen justified

August 26, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor says a Fort Wayne police officer was acting in self-defense when he shot a teenager in the back.
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Workplace harassment endures, evolves

August 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Despite decades of on-the-job training for workers and numerous high-profile lawsuits, harassment by managers and co-workers persists. Though the number of sexual harassment claims has declined in recent years, companies still get hit with thousands of lawsuits alleging harassment of some kind each year.
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7th Circuit opinion highlights confusion over LGBT discrimination protection

August 24, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Within the first nine pages of its opinion, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s ruling that sexual orientation is not protected by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And there, the panel could have ended its discussion. But the court spotlighted the growing confusion in the courts of when, exactly, sexual orientation crosses the line into gender nonconformity.
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Judge rules in favor of scorned e-liquid manufacturer in vaping case

August 23, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
Opponents of Indiana’s controversial vaping law scored a victory Friday when a federal judge ruled in favor of a Florida e-liquid manufacturer that argued the law was unconstitutional.
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No appeal in Indiana woman's overturned feticide conviction

August 23, 2016
 Associated Press
The attorney for an Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned said Tuesday he's pleased the state's attorney general decided not to appeal that ruling and hopes she's freed soon from prison.
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FBI probing for possible corruption in vaping law

August 23, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The FBI is probing whether any illegal activity led to the creation and passage of Indiana’s contentious new vaping law.
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Cities call for change in Indiana redistricting

August 22, 2016
 Associated Press
The Anderson City Council has become the sixth Indiana municipal legislative body to pass a resolution calling for a citizen panel to take over the drawing of district lines for seats in the U.S. Congress and the Indiana General Assembly.
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2 US swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal; 3rd pays fine

August 19, 2016
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Obama administration to end use of private prisons

August 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The Obama administration said Thursday it will phase out its contracts with private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates.
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Gold medal swimmers Lochte, Feigen ordered to stay in Brazil

August 17, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A Brazilian judge has issued an order to seize the passports of U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen as part of an investigation into an alleged armed robbery that targeted the athletes on Sunday.
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Ex-lawmaker drops recount in Democratic congressional race

August 17, 2016
 Associated Press
A state board is set to confirm the winner of the Democratic primary for southwestern Indiana's congressional seat after the losing candidate decided to withdraw his challenge.
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Committee to look at unauthorized immigrant college attendance

August 16, 2016
IL Staff
The Senate Select Committee on Immigration Issues meets for the fourth time Wednesday, where the committee will discuss national security issues and attendance at Indiana colleges and universities by unauthorized immigrants.
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Indiana education committee looks at sexual misconduct

August 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A group of Indiana lawmakers is looking at sexual misconduct in schools to see if legislation is needed in 2017 to help curb abuse.
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Complaints to Indiana board prompted school corp FBI probe

August 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Complaints to an Indiana state agency prompted a federal investigation of Vigo County School Corp.'s "contracting procedures."
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Kentucky lawmakers allow pricey probe of gov's rival to move forward

August 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A $500,000 contract awarded by Kentucky's Republican governor to Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis investigate his Democratic predecessor has survived a challenge in a state legislative committee.
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Emails heat up lawsuit over sale of Pacers stake

August 15, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Attorneys for the IRS have gotten their hands on an email that appears to buttress their case that Herb Simon received a sweetheart deal when he acquired his ailing brother Mel’s 50 percent ownership in the Indiana Pacers in early 2009, just a few months before Mel died at age 82.
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DOJ willing to consider settlement in Anthem, Cigna merger

August 12, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A Justice Department lawyer on Friday told the judge in the antitrust case over Anthem Inc.’s $48 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. that the government was willing to hear settlement offers from the companies.
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Parole denied for Hollandsburg slayings convict Smith

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Parole Board has denied an early release to one of the four men sentenced to four life sentences for a 1977 western Indiana home invasion that left three teenage brothers and their stepbrother dead.
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Legislative panel on judiciary to discuss LGBT civil rights

August 11, 2016
Dave Stafford
"Civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation” is the lone subject on the agenda for the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary’s initial meeting on Aug. 30.
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Legislator plans to introduce hate crime bill this session

August 10, 2016
IL Staff
A state senator from Indianapolis announced Tuesday his intention to again file legislation to enact a hate crime statute in Indiana, one of only five states that does not have this kind of law on the books.
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Judge rejects Durham’s bid to dismiss SEC civil suit

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Ponzi scheme operator Tim Durham has failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss the government’s civil action against him and other convicted accomplices.
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Judge denies Blagojevich's bid to lighten 14-year sentence

August 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge refused Tuesday to lighten Rod Blagojevich's original 14-year prison sentence for corruption, rejecting pleas for lenience by the now white-haired former Illinois governor who attended the resentencing hearing by video from a Colorado prison a thousand miles away.
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Legal battles spark EPA to set emission standards for composite wood products

August 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Nearly 11 years after the survivors of Hurricane Katrina began blaming their FEMA trailers for their health problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new rule addressing what is believed to have been the main cause of their suffering — formaldehyde.
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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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