Supreme Court of the United States

Members of Indiana legal community weigh in on ‘metaphysical quandary’

October 31, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Before the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments Monday morning on an issue that has been described as a “metaphysical quandary,” the Indiana legal community offered some guidance.
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Supreme Court gives new chance to 5 Arizona inmates

October 31, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is ordering Arizona judges to reconsider life sentences with no chance of parole for five inmates who were convicted of murder for crimes they committed before they turned 18.
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Justices sympathetic to girl suing school over service dog

October 31, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States appears sympathetic to a 12-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who wants to sue school officials for refusing to let her bring a service dog to class.
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Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to FBI fitness test

October 31, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear a dispute over whether a physical fitness test for FBI special agents is biased against men.
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Justices dismiss Texas case over deaf driver education

October 31, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a case it took up earlier this year involving deaf people in Texas who had trouble getting drivers licenses.
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Justices reject appeal from Alabama death row inmate

October 31, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected an appeal from a death row inmate in Alabama who said evidence withheld by prosecutors entitled him to a new court hearing.
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US justices will consider deportation law for sex offenders

October 28, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States will decide whether the government can deport people who are not U.S. citizens if they are convicted in certain states of sexually abusing a minor.
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SCOTUS to rule in Virginia transgender case

October 28, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school.
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Thomas criticizes broken confirmation process for high court

October 27, 2016
 Associated Press
Justice Clarence Thomas said Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process is an example of how the nation's capital is "broken in some ways."
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Kagan: Supreme Court gender diversity positive sign to youth

October 25, 2016
 Associated Press
Gender diversity on the U.S. Supreme Court sends a positive message to young girls and boys, who hear "women's voices coming from all over the place" as the three female justices join in asking questions during oral arguments, Justice Elena Kagan said Monday.
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Short-handed Supreme Court delays action in 3 cases

October 24, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is offering new evidence that the short-handed court is having trouble getting its work done.
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Sotomayor: US Supreme Court still feeling loss of Scalia

October 18, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court continues to deeply feel the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia eight months after his death, and his empty seat makes it harder for the surviving eight justices to do their job of resolving some of the country's most vexing legal questions, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday.
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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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Ginsburg: Sorry for criticizing Kaepernick anthem protest

October 14, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized Friday for characterizing as "dumb and disrespectful" the national anthem protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes.
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Court seems favorable to defendant claiming jury race bias

October 11, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday suggested that racial bias in the jury room may trump the centuries-old legal principle of secrecy in jury deliberations.
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Ginsburg calls anthem protest 'dumb and disrespectful'

October 10, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is calling the protests of football players who decline to stand for the national anthem "dumb and disrespectful."
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Justices weigh dispute over racial bias in jury room

October 10, 2016
 Associated Press
There was nothing subtle about the ethnic slurs a juror in Colorado is reported to have made during deliberations over a Hispanic defendant charged with inappropriately touching teenage girls.
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Apple fights Samsung at US high court as smartphone wars wane

October 10, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Six years after Apple Inc. filed its first lawsuit alleging unauthorized copying of the iPhone, the company will square off at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday against rival Samsung Electronics Co. They will argue over how much of a $399 million patent infringement award Samsung must pay.
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Kagan praises Scalia at law school renaming ceremony

October 7, 2016
 Associated Press
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Thursday that the newly renamed Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University celebrates a "remarkable judge and teacher" who will be remembered as one of the greatest justices in history.
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Justices seem wary of limiting insider trading prosecutions

October 5, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court seemed unlikely on Wednesday to place new limits on the ability of prosecutors to crack down on insider trading on Wall Street.
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Justices to referee states' dispute over uncashed checks

October 3, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to referee a dispute between Delaware and 23 states, including Indiana, over more than $150 million in uncashed MoneyGram checks.
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High court starts term with no arguments on Jewish New Year

October 3, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday opened an unusual term in an unusual way, diverging from its usual practice of hearing cases on its first day because of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
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Supreme Court won't hear appeal over police stun gun use

October 3, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from police officers challenging new restrictions on their ability to use Tasers on people trying to resist arrest.
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Supreme Court rejects appeal under NC racial bias law

October 3, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States will not hear an appeal from four former death row inmates in North Carolina who claimed systemic racial bias contributed to their death sentences.
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Supreme Court rejects NCAA appeal of antitrust ruling

October 3, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is leaving in place court rulings that found the NCAA's amateurism rules for big-time college basketball and football players violated federal antitrust law.
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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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