Government

Whitestown wins annexation lawsuit for part of Perry Township

May 10, 2016
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
A ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals will allow part of unincorporated Perry Township to be absorbed into Whitestown after the Indiana Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
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North Carolina governor files lawsuit over LGBT rights law

May 9, 2016
 Associated Press
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration sued the federal government Monday in a fight for a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate.
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Judge blocks Bartholomew court policy barring political activity

May 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal judge Friday blocked a Bartholomew County policy that broadly barred court services employees from political activity.
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GOP national delegate steps down in protest of Trump

May 6, 2016
 Associated Press
An Evansville attorney and Indiana delegate to the Republican national convention says he won't attend the summer gathering because he refuses to participate in the "coronation" of presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
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120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran

May 6, 2016
 Associated Press
The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.
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North Carolina leaders show no sign of surrender on LGBT law

May 5, 2016
 Associated Press
North Carolina's Republican leaders are showing no signs of backing down from their new bathroom rules despite the U.S. Justice Department's declaration that they violate federal civil rights laws and could cost the state dearly in lost education funding.
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EPA accuses Kokomo glass plant of violating Clean Air Act

May 5, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accusing an Indiana art glass manufacturer of violating federal clean-air standards and emitting elevated amounts of potentially toxic materials.
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Redistricting committee begins evaluating other drawing methods

May 5, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A special legislative committee began its examination of Indiana’s election districts Thursday with the goal of possibly recommending changes to the way these districts are drawn.
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FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

May 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.
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Lawyer: Law protects 911 caller in Prince death

May 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A Minneapolis attorney says he believes Minnesota law would protect a California man from any potential charges related to Prince's death.
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IU McKinney professor, lawyer in undecided congressional primary race

May 4, 2016
Dave Stafford
A law professor and medical doctor is in an undecided race against a 50-year lawyer for the Democratic nomination for Indiana’s Eighth Congressional District as votes continue to be tallied Wednesday from southwestern Indiana.
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Judge sets hearing on bid to block new Indiana abortion law

May 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge has set a hearing to consider Planned Parenthood's bid to block a new Indiana law that bans abortions sought because of genetic abnormalities.
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Immigration debate returns to Statehouse

May 4, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
A special Senate committee is looking at undocumented Hoosiers and stirs up some controversy in the process.
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Many Indiana counties see strong voter turnout for primary

May 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana steps into the national spotlight Tuesday with a primary election that could play a significant role in deciding Republican and Democratic presidential contests, as well as a spirited Senate GOP primary election and crowded races for Republican nominations in two U.S. House districts.
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Southwestern Indiana county's tactic targets youth gun cases

May 2, 2016
 Associated Press
Juvenile court officials in one southwestern Indiana county are overhauling their probation services to address a rapidly growing number of gun-related crimes among youths.
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Nebraska, Oklahoma join suit to halt Colorado marijuana law

April 29, 2016
 Associated Press
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and his counterpart in Oklahoma are joining a lawsuit aimed at halting legal marijuana in Colorado.
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Wayne County prosecutor creates drug treatment program

April 28, 2016
 Associated Press
An eastern Indiana prosecutor is starting a new treatment program for drug offenders that he hopes will end the cycle of addiction.
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COA: Trainer who had license suspended denied due process

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
A woman was denied due process after she had her athletic trainers’ license suspended for having a sexual relationship with one of her clients, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. Even though she did not attend her hearing, her attorney did and the complaint she filed should not have been dismissed.
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High court seems poised to overturn McDonnell conviction

April 27, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday seemed poised to overturn the conviction of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on political corruption charges and place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws.
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COA: Attorney who litigated his case pro se not entitled to attorney fees

April 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
A lawyer who represented himself in his case against two Marion County governmental entities and won is not entitled to attorney fees or compensation of any kind for missed business, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
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IU McKinney professor celebrates Innocence Project client’s release

April 26, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis law professor is celebrating the release from prison of a Gary man who she has argued for years was wrongly convicted of rape, sexual deviate conduct and robbery.
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FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone

April 22, 2016
 Associated Press
FBI Director James Comey hinted at an event in London on Thursday that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.
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China: Can't sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall

April 22, 2016
 Associated Press
China's Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners in six states say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made in China.
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Republican Senate effort again fails to block water rule

April 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Democrats have again blocked a Republican proposal that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw a federal rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution.
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VW reaches outline agreement with US to overcome crisis

April 21, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Volkswagen AG agreed to fix or buy back about 500,000 tainted cars in the U.S., taking a significant step forward in its effort to emerge from the emissions-cheating scandal.
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  1. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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