Government

COA declines ruling on constitutionality of plan

July 22, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals declined to address the constitutionality of a Department of Correction program for sex offenders based on the deficient record before it and because the appellate court could decide the case without ruling on the constitutionality of the program.
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Chief justice honored for helping those in need

July 20, 2009
IL Staff
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard received the Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner's Award for Indiana from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Magistrate advises denial of sheriff's motions

July 16, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A magistrate judge has recommended that the Marion County Sheriff's motions to dismiss a complaint against him be denied. A suit was filed following the death of an inmate who didn't receive his needed medicine
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Judges: Town ordinance invalid

July 14, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals declared today a Plainfield town ordinance authorizing the imposition of storm-water fees on properties outside of the town's corporate boundaries to be invalid because under Indiana Code, the town only has the authority to collect the fee within its corporate limits.
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Township assessor loses appeal

July 13, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled against a township assessor who filed a suit last year after the General Assembly enacted a bill that eliminated her office and transferred her duties to the county assessor.
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President Obama taps Indianapolis attorney

July 7, 2009
Michael Hoskins
An Indianapolis attorney is President Barack Obama's newest nomination for a key administration post within the Department of Commerce.
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Shutdown wouldn't cripple legal system

June 30, 2009
Michael Hoskins
As the clock ticked closer to a partial shutdown of state government, the Hoosier legal community received word this afternoon from the Indiana Supreme Court that trial courts should conduct business as usual and that the state's legal system would continue as much as possible if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by deadline.
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Court: counties responsible for GAL, CASA fees

June 30, 2009
Michael Hoskins
In a significant opinion about the funding of child welfare cases, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today that any guardian ad litem or Child Appointed Special Advocate fees associated with a child in need of services case must be paid by the county and not the state agency that lawmakers gave more oversight power to in the past year.
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Transfer sought in compulsive gambling case

June 29, 2009
Michael Hoskins
Arguing that common law should protect anyone intentionally harmed by someone else, an Evansville attorney is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to consider a case of first impression in which he contends a compulsive gambler was targeted and taken advantage of by a casino, resulting in her loss of $125,000 in a single night.
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7th Circuit split in prisoner media-ban issueRestricted Content

June 25, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was split in its en banc decision today to uphold the Federal Bureau of Prisons' authority to deny face-to-face interviews between inmates and the media.
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Justices: new Terre Haute election not needed

June 16, 2009
Michael Hoskins
A special election isn't needed to determine the rightful mayor of Terre Haute, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled today.
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Senator named to Public Defender Commission

June 9, 2009
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court announced today Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, was appointed to the Public Defender Commission by Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long.
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Court doesn't order contempt sanctions on state

June 8, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was presented with the question in an Indiana case of how much non-compliance of a consent decree involving Medicaid applications is needed before a District Court can impose civil contempt sanctions.
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100th agency uses e-Ticketing

June 4, 2009
IL Staff
The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office has become the 100th law enforcement agency to use the Indiana Supreme Court's electronic Citation and Warning System. The e-Ticket system will be demonstrated June 8; Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. will be on hand with others to demonstrate the system and answer questions.
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Next up for Judge Hamilton: full Senate vote

June 4, 2009
Michael Hoskins
After surviving a Senate committee's party-line vote today, an Indianapolis-based federal judge must now get approval from the full U.S. Senate in order to move to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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BREAKING: U.S. Senate committee OKs judicial nomination

June 4, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The Senate Judiciary Committee has just voted in favor of U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton's nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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AG targets East Chicago corruption

June 3, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Attorney General's Office wants a federal court to order an audit of East Chicago that might reveal the need for more oversight of a city that's endured a racketeering vote-buying enterprise carried out by a former mayor and multiple city officials.
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Justices dismiss public school funding case

June 2, 2009
Michael Hoskins
Even if Indiana's public school system falls short of where it should be in providing quality education, courts aren't constitutionally able to set standards or establish a financing formula because that's a task falling solely to the General Assembly.
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Judge to decide fate of Sidewalk 6 defendants

May 26, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Attorney General personally attended a civil racketeering court hearing this morning in Hammond, a rare in-person appearance that comes in the civil case against a former East Chicago mayor and a top aide.
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Sidewalk 6 trial off; judge to decide penalty

May 21, 2009
Michael Hoskins
Less than a week before a state civil racketeering trial was set to begin, a former East Chicago mayor and one of his closest aides have waived their right to defend themselves before a jury in court.
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State gets $21 million for justice-related jobs

May 20, 2009
IL Staff
Indiana will receive more than $21 million in Recovery Act funds to maintain or increase public safety in the state, while creating or retaining jobs within the law enforcement community.
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Cinergy trial ends with split verdict

May 20, 2009
Michael Hoskins
A federal jury returned a verdict that a major energy company violated clean-air rules at a coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River in southeast Indiana.
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Transfer granted to judicial review case

May 19, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer May 14 to a case involving the means for judicial review of final agency actions.
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Former city judge dies in accident

May 19, 2009
IL Staff
A former city judge and current mayor of Butler, Ind. died May 17 following a motorcycle accident.
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Federal Circuit converges on Indianapolis

May 18, 2009
Michael Hoskins
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has kept up with a trend of publishing more written opinions than any other federal court, and one of the most significant happenings in the past year is the recent resurrection of inviting lower trial judges to sit by designation on appeals panels.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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