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Justices consider ‘grossly disproportionate’ standard in civil forfeitures

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The U.S. Supreme Court established a standard nearly 20 years ago for determining when the punitive nature of a civil forfeiture has surpassed a reasonable limit: if the forfeiture is “grossly disproportionate” to the criminal conduct in question.
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Slain Indiana lawyer remembered as scholarly local leader

March 23, 2017
Dave Stafford
Longtime Lebanon attorneys are remembering James P. Buchanan Sr. as a friendly, scholarly colleague who left his mark on the Boone County community.
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COA reinstates right-to-work case, says federal law preempts state claims

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
Although former members of a Fort Wayne union did make a claim upon which relief can be granted after their former union continued to take dues from their checks without their consent, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that federal labor law is preemptive in the state court case.
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COA awards summary judgment to city in mountain bike liability case

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals granted summary judgment in favor of the city of Indianapolis and Indy Parks and Recreation department after determining that the city was not liable for injuries sustained by a mountain biker as he was riding on a city-owned trail.
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Democratic leader Schumer vows filibuster of Gorsuch nomination

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.
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Man gets 20 years for attempted murder of IMPD officer

March 23, 2017
IL Staff
An Indianapolis man who opened fire on a police officer after crashing his car at the end of a high-speed chase was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry announced March 23.
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Preliminary approval given to $208.7 million NCAA settlement

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
About 40,000 college football and basketball players will not need to submit a claim to receive a portion of the $208.7 million the NCAA will pay to settle a federal class-action lawsuit that claimed the value of their athletic scholarships was illegally capped.
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Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country.
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Pardoned Chicago man asks judge to expunge criminal record

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
A Chicago man who spent more than eight years in an Indiana prison for a wrongful conviction and was recently pardoned now wants his record expunged.
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Court approves senior judge certifications

March 23, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has certified two judicial officers as senior judges, including a senior judge who recently faced charges for driving while intoxicated.
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11 named as semifinalists for Rucker's spot on Supreme Court

March 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has cut the number of people still in contention to become a Supreme Court justice from 20 to 11.
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First round of Supreme Court interviews complete

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
With all 20 interviews to replace Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court now complete, Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Judicial Nominating Commission are now considering which applicants should move on to the semifinalists round in April.
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Supreme Court pick Gorsuch parries Democrats' attacks on last day

March 22, 2017
 Associated Press
On a glide path toward confirmation, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch parried fresh attacks from Democrats Wednesday on abortion and special education, insisting that "when you put on the robe, you open your mind" as he faced a final day before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Parents lose constitutional challenge of post-secondary school expenses

March 22, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Bound by precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals declined to find the statute allowing courts to impose post-secondary educational expenses on divorced parents is unconstitutional. The parents had argued the statute needs another look.
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COA rules park with no playground cannot enhance drug conviction

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A split Indiana Court of Appeals, divided over whether a park with no trees, no playground equipment and no benches could attract children during a school day, reversed a man’s conviction for Level 4 felony dealing in methamphetamine.
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Evansville, Kentucky police face trial over arrests in man’s death

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
Evansville family members who were interrogated, arrested and charged in a foster relative’s death may proceed with a federal civil-rights suit that alleges authorities on both sides of the Ohio River where the man’s body was found wrongly arrested them and falsified reports to build a case that unraveled.
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Indianapolis to spend $400K on crime prevention plan

March 22, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a $400,000 award to nonprofit organizations that patrol the city’s high-crime neighborhoods with a 22-1 vote Monday. The Central Indiana Community Foundation will give the money to nonprofits that work on conflict resolution as an alternative prevention approach.
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Musician accuses conductor, symphony of age discrimination

March 22, 2017
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
In a federal lawsuit filed late last week by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's principal bassoonist, the musician details what he alleges have been years of age discrimination and harassment by ISO musical director and conductor Krzysztof Urbanski and the ISO leadership.
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Cultivating the next generation

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorney Joseph Smith is among a new cadre of leaders stepping into management positions, taking a seat on high-level committees or becoming practice chairs in large law firms. Baby boomers are retiring or transitioning from their practices, creating openings in leadership roles.
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Disability claims approval getting tougher

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
New rules could set the evidence bar higher despite sharp court rebukes of claim denials.
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New task force meant to break down language barriers, aid court interpreters

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
As the number of litigants, witnesses or spectators requesting interpretation services continues to rise, the Indiana Supreme Court is taking steps to ensure those services are high-quality and far-reaching.
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Curtis Hill formulating agenda as he settles in as attorney general

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
Given his lengthy career as a northern Indiana prosecutor, not much about being the state’s top attorney has surprised Curtis Hill.
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Bill in Congress targets class actions

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
Trial lawyers contend the legislation would gut court access; defense attorneys say reforms are overdue.
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Religious exemption at heart of employee pension disputes

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A trio of cases pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, which could require more than $1 billion in new funding for certain employee pension plans, revolves around a central question: What is a church?
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First day of Supreme Court interviews complete

March 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
Day one of the interviews to fill Justice Robert Rucker’s impending vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court is complete after 12 applicants came to the Statehouse for their 20-minute interviews.
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  1. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  2. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  3. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

  4. If it were your child that died maybe you'd be more understanding. Most of us don't have graves to visit. My son was killed on a state road and I will be putting up a memorial where he died. It gives us a sense of peace to be at the location he took his last breath. Some people should be more understanding of that.

  5. Can we please take notice of the connection between the declining state of families across the United States and the RISE OF CPS INVOLVEMENT??? They call themselves "advocates" for "children's rights", however, statistics show those children whom are taken from, even NEGLIGENT homes are LESS likely to become successful, independent adults!!! Not to mention the undeniable lack of respect and lack of responsibility of the children being raised today vs the way we were raised 20 years ago, when families still existed. I was born in 1981 and I didn't even ever hear the term "CPS", in fact, I didn't even know they existed until about ten years ago... Now our children have disagreements between friends and they actually THREATEN EACH OTHER WITH, "I'll call CPS" or "I'll have [my parent] (usually singular) call CPS"!!!! And the truth is, no parent is perfect and we all have flaws and make mistakes, but it is RIGHTFULLY OURS - BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS GREAT NATION - to be imperfect. Let's take a good look at what kind of parenting those that are stealing our children are doing, what kind of adults are they producing? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILY AND THAT CHILD'S SUCCESS - or otherwise - AS AN ADULT.....

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