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Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Indianapolis officer

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
A 27-year-old man on Friday pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis police officer, in a deal that spares him the death penalty.
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Indiana to conduct audit of untested sexual assault kits

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana State Police plan to conduct an audit of untested sexual assault kits that may have lingered in evidence collection rooms across the state for years.
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Holcomb’s Supreme Court pick will be a trial judge

April 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
With the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission’s stamp of approval next to their names, three trial court judges are waiting to learn who among them will be selected as the state’s next Supreme Court justice.
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Lawsuit alleges SEC investigation, financial cover-up at Celadon

April 20, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
A Celadon Group Inc. investor has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Indianapolis-based trucking company is misleading shareholders about its financial status and covering up a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the company.
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Crack open a lukewarm one: Indiana's quirky rules about beer

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana law allows someone to walk out of a convenience store and crack open a beer purchased there, but it can't be a cold one.
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EPA chief makes first Superfund site visit with Indiana stop

April 20, 2017
 Associated Press
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency toured an Indiana public-housing complex on Wednesday where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination, his first visit to a Superfund site that some environmental advocates called a major leadership test.
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Decline in bankruptcy filings slowing

April 20, 2017
IL Staff
Bankruptcy filings in federal courts continue to fall, but the rate of decline is slowing.
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3 finalists picked for Supreme Court

April 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. The three, all judges, are seeking to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who will retire next month.
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COA upholds electric utility’s rate hike

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding substantial evidence supporting a regulatory body’s ruling, the Indiana Court of Appeals denied an attempt by Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana to overturn approval for a utility rate hike.
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Appellate court interprets amended habitual offender statute

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals, after finding the language of the habitual offender statute doesn’t support either the defendant’s or the state’s interpretation, reversed the denial of the defendant’s objection to his habitual counts and ordered the trial court to review the matter.
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COA reduces woman’s OWI conviction, orders new hearing on fees

April 19, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court did not properly determine whether a woman had the ability to pay fees owed after being convicted of a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, so the Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the case back to the trial court. The judges also ordered her conviction reduced based on the evidence presented at trial.
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COA: Signatures do not have to take a specific form

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A man who drove too fast and was given an electronic speeding ticket failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that all signatures are not the same.
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2nd Circuit cracks door for en banc hearing on Title VII sexual orientation claim

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In possibly the first opinion issued since the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found Title VII does provide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals panel has declined to reach the same conclusion.
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Justice interviews wrap up as JNC works to pick finalists

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
With the interview process complete, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Judicial Nominating Commission are now tasked with selecting three people to be considered as the next justice of the court. Interviews with the 11 semifinalists wrapped up Wednesday morning.
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Judge says sex trafficking is happening everywhere

April 19, 2017
 Associated Press
There's a story Judge Kimberly Dowling tells when she wants people to realize how easy it is for a child to be sex trafficked.
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Rucker to assume senior judge status after retirement

April 19, 2017
IL Staff
Retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker will assume senior judge status after he leaves his seat on the state’s highest bench next month.
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Council panel OKs plan to reimburse city agencies for justice center planning

April 19, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis City-County Council panel Tuesday evening unanimously approved a measure that would allow the city to be reimbursed with future bond proceeds for expenses related to the planned community justice campus.
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Putting technology into practice

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
The ISBA’s new law practice management coordinator wants to help solo and small firms stay competitive in today’s market.
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Nurse-attorney Barbra Bachmeier removes obstacles to helping victims

April 19, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The philosophy of empowering her patients transfers into Barbra Bachmeier’s practice as an attorney. Working solely in the area of adult guardianships, she gives her clients the freedom to make their own choices.
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Data privacy attorneys consider future of consumer protections

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
A rule designed to provide internet users with an extra layer of control over their web use history is dead before it ever fully came to life, but data privacy law experts say there’s little reason for consumers to panic.
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Questions exist as to whether Clarksville home violates neighborhood covenants

April 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Summary judgment was prematurely granted to a Clarksville homeowner sued by his neighbors for allegedly violating the neighborhood’s restrictive covenants, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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Judicial Nominating Commission preparing for final Supreme Court interviews

April 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
Six of the 11 semifinalists who applied to fill Justice Robert Rucker’s seat after he retires next month sat for their half-hour interviews with Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Judicial Nominating Commission Tuesday.
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COA: Parties stipulation shows easement is necessary

April 18, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In a dispute between neighbors, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a private property owner had to allow part of his land to be used to give access to a tract of land owned by a business.
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Noblesville environmental consulting firm hires Zoeller

April 18, 2017
Lindsey Erdody, IBJ Staff
A Noblesville-based environmental firm has hired former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
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Running low on funds, Vonnegut museum seeks speedy outcome to legal fight

April 18, 2017
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is asking a judge to rule quickly on the legal dispute over its failed move to Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis, fearing the not-for-profit could run out of money before the case is resolved.
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