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Trial court had no statutory authority to impose second public defender fee

March 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court abused its discretion in imposing a second supplemental public defender fee on an indigent litigant because it lacked statutory authority to impose the fee, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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COA orders transfer of state habeas petition to Monroe County

March 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Henry Circuit Court must transfer a man’s petition for writ of state habeas corpus to Monroe County, where the man was convicted, after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday that Indiana Post-Conviction rules require the petition to be considered in the conviction court.
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7th Circuit affirms denial of insurance coverage to Carmel communications group

March 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of insurers who denied coverage to a Carmel-based communications company, finding that the communications group’s claims were properly denied and that it cannot split its claims against the insurers through two separate lawsuits.
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2 northern Indiana law firms rebuilding after fires

March 10, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Two northern Indiana law firms were destroyed by separate fires this past week, forcing attorneys to scramble to set up new offices and continue to serve clients.
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Man accused of eating girlfriend to get mental evaluations

March 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014 will undergo psychiatric evaluations, despite his insistence that he's competent for trial.
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US House passes bill to restrict legal claims against companies

March 10, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. House has approved a bill that would make it harder for individuals or groups to bring legal claims against companies in consumer disputes, employment discrimination cases and other areas.
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Rucker to retire from Supreme Court May 12

March 9, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Justice Robert Rucker used the occasion of an oral argument Thursday at his high school alma mater to announce he will retire from the Indiana Supreme Court on May 12, the court announced.
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COA orders man to transfer investment accounts to ex-wife

March 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered an Allen County man to transfer total ownership of three investment accounts to his ex-wife after finding that an original court order from 2011 required him to do so.
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Pennsylvania sues IBM over $170M jobless claims contract

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has sued IBM, saying the company failed to deliver on a 2006 contract to build an integrated system to process unemployment claims. IBM has been locked in a legal battle in Indiana for nearly seven years over its failed $1.3 billion contract to modernize the state's welfare system.
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Hawaii files lawsuit over Trump's revised travel ban

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.
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Judges affirm son not entitled to dad’s deathbed gift of cars

March 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
A son whose father deeded him two vehicles on his deathbed must return those vehicles to his father’s estate after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday that the son had not overcome the presumption of undue influence.
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Woman gets time served in Indianapolis quadruple homicide

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis woman has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with a quadruple slaying during an Indianapolis drug house robbery.
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Defense lawyer's pants catch fire during trial in Miami

March 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A Miami defense attorney is feeling the heat after his pants caught fire as he delivered closing arguments in an arson case.
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Interviews set for 20 Supreme Court applicants

March 8, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has set aside a day-and-a-half to interview 20 candidates eligible to succeed retiring Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Northwest Indiana lawyers ready to welcome Supreme Court

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
When the Indiana Supreme Court arrives in Gary for oral arguments Thursday, the legal community in Northwest Indiana will be offering a special welcome for the justices and in particular, its favorite son, Justice Robert Rucker.
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COA allows accountant malpractice claim to continue

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has allowed an accountant malpractice claim to continue after holding that the economic loss rule and provisions with a contract do not bar a tort complaint.
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Southern District celebrates pro bono attorneys

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
After enacting a rule allowing judges to assign pro bono cases to attorneys who frequently practice in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is celebrating a “banner year” for pro bono service.
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ABA report sees role for lawyers in repairing public trust

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A report from the American Bar Association is calling upon attorneys to help their communities repair the mistrust that divides law enforcement and residents of the communities they serve.
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Gorsuch: A high court pick whose writing is down to Earth

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
When Justice Antonin Scalia backed out of a book project with writing partner Bryan Garner, the justice recommended who might take his place. Neil Gorsuch was first on this list. Legal-writing experts say it’s not hard to see why the veteran jurist would recommend the man President Donald Trump would later nominate to fill the Supreme Court seat Scalia held for nearly 30 years.
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Indiana bill creates emergency contact database

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
Law enforcement officers responding to a tragic car accident could quickly notify an emergency contact under an Indiana bill.
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Indiana gun measures head toward final approval

March 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
Two firearms bills moved closer to final approval in the Indiana Legislature Wednesday.
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Twitter troll takes over lawmaker's handle, demands apology

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana state lawmaker who says he won’t “give in to terrorists” is refusing an apology demand from an unknown person who took over his abandoned Twitter handle.
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Indiana couple charged with neglect in death of 5-year-old

March 8, 2017
 Associated Press
Authorities say a western Indiana couple failed to provide adequate nutrition and follow-up medical care for their disabled 5-year-old daughter who died last year.
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Use of contract attorneys rising in importance and stature

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Contract attorneys no longer wear a scarlet letter as many firms and legal companies utilize these lawyers for their expertise and to lower firm costs.
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Indiana’s civil forfeiture laws under scrutiny

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Legislation and lawsuits seek to curb the government’s ability to seize private property.
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  1. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. @ 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.

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