7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Conour appeals to 7th Circuit to defend self, remove judge

December 11, 2015
Dave Stafford
Ex-attorney William Conour claims in a jailhouse motion he filed Thursday that the judge who sentenced him to 10 years in prison for wire fraud appears to be biased in favor of prosecutors and must be removed for preventing him from representing himself.
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7th Circuit affirms city blocking strip club plans

December 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
Plans to open a strip club called “Showgirl” in Angola have been blocked for more than three years, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found the city and courts were within their rights to do so.
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7th Circuit reverses benefits denial; judge chastises process

December 7, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner had harsh words for the Social Security Disability Office regarding vocational expert testimony: clean up your act.
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7th Circuit stops Cook County sheriff’s campaign against adult ads

December 1, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was not convinced by the sheriff’s arguments and instead saw his actions as “government coercion” and leading to a slippery slope.
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Companies’ agreement not a requirements contract, 7th Circuit holds

November 6, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated judgment in favor of a company that sued its carbon black supplier after it was unable to fulfill orders, holding the lower court erred in ruling in favor of the purchaser after finding the agreement between the companies was a requirements contract.
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Court affirms enhanced sentence for incest offense

November 6, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Finding the District Court conducted the correct analysis when determining the sentence of a man who had failed to register as a sex offender in Indiana and then committed incest with his 18-year-old daughter, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the six-level sentencing enhancement.
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Evansville asks US Supreme Court to review SWAT raid ruling

November 5, 2015
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The city of Evansville has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review a federal appeals court's ruling in a lawsuit filed over a SWAT raid.
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7th Circuit affirms man’s sentence for molesting baby

October 28, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a man’s sentence, supervised release conditions and restitution order after he pleaded guilty to raping, molesting and creating pornographic videos of an infant with the mother’s permission.
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Federal prisoner not entitled to additional sentence credit

October 7, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that an inmate in a federal Terre Haute prison should not receive credit for a three-year period as he argued in his habeas corpus petition.
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7th Circuit rejects en banc rehearing in student loan case

October 6, 2015
Dave Stafford
Whether a creditor can apply student loan rehabilitation agreement payments to collection costs is a question that split a panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals three ways, but Circuit judges agreed they’ve heard enough of the matter for now.
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Company’s recordings not considered ‘publication’

September 29, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
An Indiana company sued for recording customers’ personal information over the phone without their knowledge did not publish that information as required to trigger a duty to defend by its insurer in a California lawsuit, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday.
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7th Circuit mourns death of Judge Cudahy

September 25, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Judge Richard Cudahy, an active senior judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, died Tuesday at his Illinois home.
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7th Circuit tosses slating system for Indy judges

September 23, 2015
Dave Stafford
Now that Indianapolis’ pay-to-play slating system that evenly divvied judgeships between Democrats and Republicans has been ruled unconstitutional, it’s up to the General Assembly to figure out how Marion County should select its judges.
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7th Circuit: Marion County judge elections unconstitutional

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
The way Marion County judges are elected is unconstitutional, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, throwing out a system that assured an even split of Democratic and Republican judges and facilitated a pay-to-play party slating system.
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Defendant fails to convince 7th Circuit he did not know his returns were false

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the tax returns as “patently false and utterly groundless,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals kicked aside a defendant’s argument that he believed the government owed him $900,000.
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7th Circuit: Marion County judicial elections unconstitutional

September 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
The way Marion County judges are elected is unconstitutional, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, throwing out a 40-year-old system that ensured an even split of Democratic and Republican judges and facilitated a pay-to-play party slating system.
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Contraception mandate, again, found not to burden religious beliefs

September 4, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A split 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld its own precedent, finding a contraception provision does not violate religious freedom. But the ruling drew a sharp, 35-page dissent from one judge.
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7th Circuit affirms dismissal due to attempted fraud on court

September 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
A federal judge in Indianapolis rightly dismissed with prejudice a man’s age and sex discrimination complaints against his former employer because he attempted to perpetrate a fraud on the court, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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Professor’s sex discrimination claim properly tossed

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indiana University Medical School professor’s sex discrimination claim filed after her firing was insufficient to survive summary judgment, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Friday.
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Expungement bid for 1975 crime fails at 7th Circuit

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford

A career criminal lost his appeal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that sought to throw out a 1975 conviction.

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7th Circuit stops collection of hospital assessment fee

August 28, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
St. Catherine Hospital was successful in getting a reprieve from a dispute with the state of Indiana over the hospital assessment fee.  
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7th Circuit affirms ruling but rejects rationale

August 27, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although it agreed with the decision to toss the testimony of three experts, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals cautioned the District Court about blanket assertions.
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Former deputy had too little evidence to support retaliation claim

August 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A former Marion County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who previously had good job evaluations, was unable to present evidence to convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that the investigation which led to his firing was actually a pretext for retaliating against him.
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Consumers don’t have to wait for fraudulent charges

August 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A recent ruling from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals – the first to find that consumers do suffer harm when their credit card information is stolen – may be headed back to appellate court after the defendant retailer accused the judges of “loose thinking.”
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TV’s ‘Shift’ suspect got shaft, but rights weren’t violated

August 26, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man who was wrongly arrested and charged with murder by Indianapolis police, whose investigation was being documented for the reality TV series “The Shift,” lost his appeal in a civil rights lawsuit against police.
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  1. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  2. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  3. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

  4. Have been seeing this wonderful physician for a few years and was one of his patients who told him about what we were being told at CVS. Multiple ones. This was a witch hunt and they shold be ashamed of how patients were treated. Most of all, CVS should be ashamed for what they put this physician through. So thankful he fought back. His office is no "pill mill'. He does drug testing multiple times a year and sees patients a minimum of four times a year.

  5. Brian W, I fear I have not been sufficiently entertaining to bring you back. Here is a real laugh track that just might do it. When one is grabbed by the scruff of his worldview and made to choose between his Confession and his profession ... it is a not a hard choice, given the Confession affects eternity. But then comes the hardship in this world. Imagine how often I hear taunts like yours ... "what, you could not even pass character and fitness after they let you sit and pass their bar exam ... dude, there must really be something wrong with you!" Even one of the Bishop's foremost courtiers said that, when explaining why the RCC refused to stand with me. You want entertaining? How about watching your personal economy crash while you have a wife and five kids to clothe and feed. And you can't because you cannot work, because those demanding you cast off your Confession to be allowed into "their" profession have all the control. And you know that they are wrong, dead wrong, and that even the professional code itself allows your Faithful stand, to wit: "A lawyer may refuse to comply with an obligation imposed by law upon a good faith belief that no valid obligation exists. The provisions of Rule 1.2(d) concerning a good faith challenge to the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law apply to challenges of legal regulation of the practice of law." YET YOU ARE A NONPERSON before the BLE, and will not be heard on your rights or their duties to the law -- you are under tyranny, not law. And so they win in this world, you lose, and you lose even your belief in the rule of law, and demoralization joins poverty, and very troubling thoughts impeaching self worth rush in to fill the void where your career once lived. Thoughts you did not think possible. You find yourself a failure ... in your profession, in your support of your family, in the mirror. And there is little to keep hope alive, because tyranny rules so firmly and none, not the church, not the NGO's, none truly give a damn. Not even a new court, who pay such lip service to justice and ancient role models. You want entertainment? Well if you are on the side of the courtiers running the system that has crushed me, as I suspect you are, then Orwell must be a real riot: "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." I never thought they would win, I always thought that at the end of the day the rule of law would prevail. Yes, the rule of man's law. Instead power prevailed, so many rules broken by the system to break me. It took years, but, finally, the end that Dr Bowman predicted is upon me, the end that she advised the BLE to take to break me. Ironically, that is the one thing in her far left of center report that the BLE (after stamping, in red ink, on Jan 22) is uninterested in, as that the BLE and ADA office that used the federal statute as a sword now refuses to even dialogue on her dire prediction as to my fate. "C'est la vie" Entertaining enough for you, status quo defender?

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