7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge thinks cop convicted of murder deserves new trial

August 4, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge dissented from his colleagues’ affirmation of an Evansville police officer’s murder and arson convictions, believing the evidence presented by the state doesn’t support that the man started the fire at his ex-lover’s house.
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7th Circuit denies rehearing in Conour creditor suit

August 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
The long road for some victims to recover any of the settlement money former attorney William Conour stole from them may be closer to an end. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied requests to reconsider the court’s decision putting Conour’s victims before a creditor who sued over a defaulted line of credit.
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7th Circuit takes detailed look at Title VII, sexual orientation claims

July 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Noting the writing may be on the wall that people who bring sexual orientation discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be protected, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was bound by precedent to deny a woman’s claim against Ivy Tech Community college in South Bend.
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4 Circuit judges want new trial in polygraph denial case

July 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Four 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judges believed that a man who had evidence admitted at trial of his refusal to take a polygraph test deserves a new trial. The 7th Circuit Thursday denied rehearing David Resnick’s case en banc.
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7th Circuit: Court needs permission to revise supervised release conditions once appealed

July 28, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overrule recent precedents in a man’s appeal involving his supervised release conditions and instead adopted a rule of practice for the Circuit.
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7th Circuit sets arguments in Exodus vs. Pence Syrian refugee case

July 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s appeal of a ruling blocking his bid to suspend resettlement of Syrian war refugees in the state will be heard by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals less than two months before voters decide if he will be the nation’s next vice president.
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7th Circuit remands disability benefits denial

July 27, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found an administrative law judge had improperly cherry picked a man’s medical record and reversed the denial of his disability benefits.
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7th Circuit: Insurer must defend against pill mill lawsuit

July 25, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
An insurance company will have to defend its client pharmaceutical distributor in fending off a West Virginia lawsuit seeking restitution for the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
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Elkhart teacher loses age-discrimination appeal

July 25, 2016
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected an appeal of an Elkhart teacher who claimed the school system discriminated against her on the basis of her race and age in denying her 12 different promotions over a span of eight years.
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Appeals court sends request for benefits back to Social Security office

July 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A federal court in Indianapolis never should have affirmed the denial of Supplemental Security Income sought by an intellectually disabled woman because the administrative law judge’s decision was unsupported by the record, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
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7th Circuit: Judge should have disqualified herself in sentence challenge

July 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a federal judge in Indianapolis should have excused herself from hearing a man’s petition regarding his sentence because she was the one who sentenced him while she was a judge in state court. In doing so, the federal appellate court overturned two lines of decisions.
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Conour asks 7th Circuit for non-public defender to reopen appeal

July 15, 2016
Dave Stafford
Former Indiana lawyer William Conour filed a pro se jailhouse pleading Thursday asking the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to appoint a non-public defender at taxpayer expense to reopen the limited appeal of his wire fraud conviction.
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Time running out to get Indiana judicial nominees confirmed

July 14, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Three Democratic senators failed in their attempt Wednesday to force the Senate to hold a vote on the nominees to the federal bench, creating more doubt as to how many judges will be confirmed before the end of the year.
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Democratic senators pushing for vote on federal nominees

July 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Some Democratic senators in the U.S. Senate Wednesday are calling for unanimous consent to hold a floor vote on the judicial nominations, including Winfield Ong who has been nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
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Asylum seeker from Indiana wins reprieve

July 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Chinese national living in Indiana persuaded the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals he was wrongly denied asylum for his claim that he was severely beaten and left hospitalized for months after he vocally opposed state agents enforcing the country’s one-child policy.
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7th Circuit tosses legal fees suit arising from bankruptcy case

July 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
An unsecured creditor’s lawsuit against two law firms over legal fees collected for services provided to a bankrupt Fort Wayne company’s estate should not have proceeded, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Lack of evidence divides judges on false claims suit

July 8, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Based on the evidence presented before it on a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a labor union, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to affirm summary judgment in favor of the union member’s company. But the dissenting judge believed the record required remand for a trial.
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Conour defender asks off case, cites ‘near adversarial relationship’

July 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
A federal public defender representing former attorney William Conour has asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to remove her “due to the near adversarial relationship now existing between attorney and client.”
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Former day care worker to appeal child porn sentence

July 5, 2016
 Associated Press
A 22-year-old Indiana man is appealing his conviction and prison sentence in a case alleging he took explicit photographs of a 4-year-old girl at a day care where he worked.
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Lawyer loses appeals over Indy skyline photo

July 5, 2016
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis lawyer who defendants call a copyright troll lost his appeals against three people who successfully defended against his suits over use of one of his photos.
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7th Circuit affirms judgment for employee on ADA claim

June 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed judgment for an employee who claimed the city of Anderson did not accommodate his disability when it fired him for not having a commercial driver’s license he could no longer get because of his diabetes.
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IndyCar case dismissed for lack of jurisdiction

June 28, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found a lack of subject matter jurisdiction in a case where one IndyCar team accused another of conspiring to steal its sponsor. The court found an amended complaint took the case out of federal court and remanded for dismissal.
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7th Circuit tosses would-be revolutionary's suit against Indiana bar

June 24, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man who challenged an Indiana Board of Law Examiners rule prohibiting a person “who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or this state by force, violence or other unconstitutional or illegal means” lost Friday in the 7th Circuit of Appeals.
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7th Circuit reversal: Conour fraud victims, not creditor, take priority

June 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
Fraud victims of disgraced former lawyer William Conour have the upper hand over his former law firm creditor who was awarded a judgment of almost $775,000, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, reversing the District Court and signaling too much may have been awarded.
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7th Circuit: Women’s services ad can be posted in buses

June 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found a women’s health organization can advertise on city buses because its ad does not violate any of the transit company’s ad policies, overturning a Northern District of Indiana decision.
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  1. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

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  3. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  4. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

  5. From the article's fourth paragraph: "Her work underscores the blurry lines in Russia between the government and businesses . . ." Obviously, the author of this piece doesn't pay much attention to the "blurry lines" between government and businesses that exist in the United States. And I'm not talking only about Trump's alleged conflicts of interest. When lobbyists for major industries (pharmaceutical, petroleum, insurance, etc) have greater access to this country's elected representatives than do everyday individuals (i.e., voters), then I would say that the lines between government and business in the United States are just as blurry, if not more so, than in Russia.

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