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Prosecutor honored for victim advocacy efforts

October 24, 2016
IL Staff
A prosecutor is one of four central Indiana victim service providers to receive a 2016 Voices for Victims award from Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
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Report: Indiana fails to provide consistent indigent defense

October 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana is failing to equally provide constitutionally guaranteed effective counsel to indigent people accused of misdemeanor, felony and juvenile offenses, according to a report released Monday. In some counties, poor people facing criminal charges are encouraged to negotiate directly with prosecutors before being appointed counsel.
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Man who broke officer's jaw gets 30-year sentence

October 24, 2016
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man convicted of punching a jail officer so hard it broke his jaw in three places has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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SW Indiana county approves plan to digitize old records

October 21, 2016
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana county has approved a plan to digitally preserve reams of court records dating to the 19th century.
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Fort Wayne changes law banning firearms from public parks

October 20, 2016
 Associated Press
The Fort Wayne City Council has approved changes to a city ordinance that bans firearms from city parks.
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Secretary of State: Altered voter registrations raise concerns

October 19, 2016
 Associated Press
Thousands of voter registrations were altered, raising concerns about possible fraud, says Indiana's chief elections official, whose office warned voters to check whether their information is correct online and encouraged voting early to avoid problems on Election Day.
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Bench, bar rally behind prosecutor facing discipline

October 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brought a formal complaint against Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper for press comments attributed to him in reaction to a judge's grant of post-conviction relief for convicted murderer Michael Overstreet. A parade of character witnesses traveled to a distant hearing to rally behind Cooper.
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Proposed IRS regulation a taxing matter for relatives

October 19, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Proposed regulations from the Internal Revenue Service confirm that blood is thicker than water, but estate planning attorneys say the new rules could hand family-owned businesses much higher tax bills simply because they are family.
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Legislative group delays action on ALJ panels to retain subject-matter expertise

October 19, 2016
Dave Stafford
Perceived bias of administrative law judges in favor of the state agencies for which they adjudicate disputes has led to calls for Indiana to join 30 other states that have moved to central panels of ALJs to give them more independence. But that won’t happen anytime soon, a General Assembly study committee decided.
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Brexit ‘bad losers’ test constitutional law and judges’ patience

October 18, 2016
 Bloomberg News
By the time the third lawyer stood to make her case against Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to trigger Brexit, members of three-judge panel were glancing at the clock.
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State police investigating possible voter fraud

October 18, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana State Police are investigating possible statewide voter fraud after the Secretary of State’s office discovered thousands of Hoosiers’ voter registration information had been changed.
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COA prevents INDOT from seeking more than $100k in damages after bridge accident

October 18, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the denial of summary judgment for the Indiana Department of Transportation after the department had argued that it should be allowed to seek the more than $100,000 it spent to repair a state bridge damaged in an accident, an amount that was double the estimated cost.
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McCain suggests GOP would oppose Clinton Supreme Court picks

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
Sen. John McCain pledged Monday that Republicans will unite against any U.S. Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton puts forward if she becomes president, forecasting obstruction that could tie Capitol Hill in knots.
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Man who killed Gary police officer in 1981 to be released

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
A man who struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid facing the death penalty after being convicted of killing a Gary police officer will be released from prison next year.
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Ex-Lake Station mayor begins serving federal sentence

October 17, 2016
 Associated Press
Former Lake Station mayor Keith Soderquist has begun serving a four-year federal prison term for public corruption.
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Experts worry about voting-related turmoil on Election Day

October 14, 2016
 Associated Press
This is the first presidential election year without a key enforcement provision of the federal Voting Rights Act, and 14 states have enacted new registration or voting restrictions.
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Indiana hunting measure pits animal versus gun rights

October 14, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana voters will decide next month whether to follow 19 other states in adopting a constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt and fish.
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4 charged following death of fellow Henry County inmate

October 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Four men are facing charges following the March death of a fellow inmate who was beaten in a jail in east-central Indiana.
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Marion and LaPorte counties get federal support to combat drugs

October 13, 2016
IL Staff
Two additional counties in Indiana will receive federal support in combating drugs through law enforcement measures and prevention initiatives.
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Marion County clerk relocates records department

October 13, 2016
IL Staff
The records department of the Marion County clerk’s office is relocating from the sub-basement of the Indianapolis City-County Building to a consolidated records department at 1330 S. Madison Ave.
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Northwestern changes team rules after complaint to NLRB

October 12, 2016
 Associated Press
In another step toward redefining the amateur status of college athletes, Northwestern has agreed to drop social media restrictions placed on football players after a complaint about the team handbook was filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
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Hoosiers among 102 drug offenders Obama grants clemency

October 12, 2016
IL Staff
Three Indiana men are among 102 drug offenders whose lengthy federal prison sentences were reduced last week by President Barack Obama.
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Will next governor pave the way for more public-private partnerships?

October 11, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The controversial 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road paved the way for highway projects funded by public-private partnerships in Indiana — including the relatively smooth and nearly finished building of a bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville and the beleaguered construction of a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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Commission calls for Floyd County prosecutor's suspension

October 7, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has asked the state's high court to suspend Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson over findings that he acted unethically in a triple-murder case.
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Anthem, Cigna may be forced to reveal merger-dispute documents

October 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. should be required to reveal documents in which the health insurance companies accuse each other of breaching their merger agreement, according to an adviser to the judge overseeing a U.S. lawsuit seeking to block the deal.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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