Government

Police not responsible for woman's murder

November 24, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a woman's lawsuit against Vanderburgh County officials following the death of her daughter because there isn't a federal constitutional right to be protected by the government against private violence when the government isn't complicit.
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Judgment for prison employees affirmed

November 21, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of prison employees in an inmate's Eighth Amendment violations suit, finding the inmate's lack of cooperation in providing details of threats against him prohibited the officials from protecting him from an attack by another inmate.
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High court's e-ticket wins first place award

November 21, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court's electronic Citation and Warning System won first place in the Cygnus 2008 Innovation Award for Software at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego earlier this month, the court announced today.
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IU Law professor on Obama transition team

November 20, 2008
IL Staff
A professor at Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington has been chosen to serve on President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, the law school announced this week.
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Woman sues BMV over vanity plate denial

November 19, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is again involved in a lawsuit involving the use of "God" on a license plate.
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COA rules on 'In God We Trust' plate suit

November 17, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
Not charging an administrative fee for Indiana's "In Got We Trust" license plates doesn't violate the state constitution, affirmed the Indiana Court of Appeals today in an unpublished decision.
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COA voids Terre Haute's 2007 mayoral election

November 13, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The man elected Terre Haute's mayor was ineligible because of federal law to become a candidate or assume office, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today on an issue of first impression. As a result, a special election is needed to fill the vacancy.
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Absentee ballots challenged in Marion County

October 31, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
Republicans in Indiana are challenging early votes again, only this time Marion County absentee ballots are being questioned.
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COA reverses child welfare molestation case

October 31, 2008
Michael Hoskins
The Indiana Court of Appeals has tossed out the convictions and 106-year sentence of a former Hamilton County child welfare worker accused of molesting two boys, including an autistic boy who he'd mentored.
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Chief justice to talk on government reform

October 29, 2008
IL Staff
Just one day after the general election, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will discuss the challenges of local government reform at an event organized by provocate.org.
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New St. Joseph Superior judge appointed

October 24, 2008
IL Staff
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed South Bend attorney Margot Fisher Reagan to St. Joseph Superior Court to replace the retired Judge William T. Means.
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Court finds fax to be a contract

October 24, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of a landlord in his breach of lease claims against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, finding a faxed agreement amending the original terms of the lease constituted a contract.
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Child Advocates relocates

October 21, 2008
IL Staff
Child Advocates has relocated its offices, where it will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30.The organization moved to 8200 Haverstick Road, Suite 240, Indianapolis, IN 46240. The event is open to the public. People interested in attending should RSVP by Oct. 24 to Dionne@childadvocates.net or call (317) 493-2240.
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IU Law - Indy to host roundtable on economy

October 20, 2008
IL Staff
Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis faculty members will discuss Thursday their analyses of the current economic issues facing the U.S. in a roundtable discussion, "The Economic Crisis and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008."
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Court consolidates Lake County voter cases

October 15, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court has stepped in to settle conflicting rulings from two Lake County courts regarding early-voting sites in East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond, deciding that consolidating the cases to proceed in Lake Superior Court is the "most orderly approach."
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Federalist society to preview SCOTUS term

October 14, 2008
IL Staff
The Federalist Society's Indianapolis Lawyers Division Chapter will present a preview of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court 2008-09 term featuring Kannon Shanmugam, who served as assistant to the solicitor general in the U.S. Department of Justice and is currently a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm Williams & Connolly.
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Settlement may be largest of its kind

October 14, 2008
Michael Hoskins
In what is believed to be the highest-ever payout of its kind in the state, the Indiana Department of Insurance will receive $16.5 million from a national legal malpractice insurer as part of a federal lawsuit settlement.
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Russian lawyers in Indy to learn legal system

October 13, 2008
IL Staff
Five Russian lawyers currently are visiting Indianapolis to learn about United States' legal issues and legal system.
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State settles with legal malpractice insurer

October 13, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A legal malpractice insurance carrier has agreed to pay $16.5 million to Indiana's insurance department, settling a federal lawsuit that had come on the heels of a state malpractice claim where an Indianapolis law firm got hit with an $18 million verdict.
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COA to hear license plate args in Greencastle

October 13, 2008
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals travels to Greencastle Oct. 14 to hear arguments in a case involving Indiana's "In God We Trust" license plates.
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Court: CHINS records aren't available to media

October 10, 2008
Jennifer Nelson
The circumstances that led to two siblings being deemed as children in need of services and the media attention their family received don't justify the trial court allowing the media access to the children's CHINS records, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.
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Retired teacher to be honored for CASA work

October 6, 2008
IL Staff
A retired teacher will be honored Thursday for her volunteer work for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
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President Bush signs Great Lakes Compact

October 6, 2008
IL Staff
An updated multi-state compact to implement more protections to the Great Lakes has been signed into law. President George W. Bush signed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Oct. 3.
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4.4 million Hoosiers registered to vote

October 3, 2008
IL Staff
ccording to the Indiana Secretary of State's Web site, Indiana has nearly 4.4 million registered voters, based on information last updated Sept. 27.
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Agency sues DOC over mentally ill prisoners

October 2, 2008
Michael Hoskins
A state agency created in response to a federal mandate is suing the Indiana Department of Correction for what it claims is poor treatment of mentally ill prisoners.
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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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