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SCOTUS: Jury secrecy no bar to looking into race bias

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A juror's use of racial or ethnic slurs during deliberations over a defendant’s guilt can be a reason for breaching the centuries-old legal principle of secrecy in the jury room, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
Inefficiency witnessed by the Associated Press writer over two days in one of the nation's busiest immigration courts illustrate systemic dysfunction. More than half a million cases weigh down court dockets across the country as President Donald Trump steps up enforcement of immigration laws.
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Trump signs new travel ban, targets those seeking new visas

March 6, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new version of his controversial travel ban, aiming to withstand court challenges while still barring new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shutting down the U.S. refugee program.
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Tax Court returns to IU Maurer for hearing in new CVS case

March 6, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Tax Court will return to Bloomington this week to hear another case involving the Monroe County Assessor and the CVS Corporation.
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IU Maurer alum donates $1 million for ethics curriculum

March 6, 2017
IL Staff
An alumnus of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law has made a $1 million donation to the school to allow it to continue to build its ethics and professionalism curriculum.
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Notre Dame, IU Maurer in top 50 for big law jobs

March 6, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A pair of Indiana law schools are among the top 50 institutions in sending graduates to work in the biggest law firms in the country.
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Tax Court rules against steelworkers hall exemptions

March 6, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Porter County union cannot receive property tax exemptions on its meeting hall for the 2008 and 2010 tax years after the Indiana Tax Court held Friday that the property’s functions were largely used for the benefit of union members.
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Experienced applicants file for Supreme Court vacancy

March 3, 2017
Dave Stafford
Sixteen men and five women applied to succeed Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker, the Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday.
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Deadlocked justices reinstate COA order allowing juvenile arrest expungement

March 3, 2017
IL Staff
After the four participating justices who heard arguments in an expungement case Thursday became deadlocked over the case’s proper disposition, the Indiana Supreme Court reinstated the Court of Appeals order granting a juvenile expungement petition.
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WH defends Pence's use of private email while governor

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence "did everything to the letter of the law" after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana's governor.
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21 apply for Indiana Supreme Court vacancy

March 3, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission announced Friday that 21 people applied to succeed Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court vacancy.
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Children’s commission bill advances

March 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would allow the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana to hire an executive director, costing an estimated $150,000 annually, will be presented to the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services Monday.
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COA orders trial court to comply with Trial Rule 59 in custody case

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Putnam Superior Court must reconsider a motion to correct error on a child custody modification motion, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday, because the trial court did not provide a reason for granting the motion to correct.
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Justices reverse suppression of man’s admission to driving under the influence

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has reversed a motion to suppress evidence of a man’s admission to driving under the influence at a sobriety checkpoint, holding that the brief and public nature of the checkpoint did not require police officers to give the man a Miranda warning.
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Former AG Holder visits IU McKinney, discusses judicial issues in America

March 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder stopped by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on Thursday, taking questions from Indiana’s current and future attorneys and offering his perspective on some of the issues facing the nation.
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Coalition asks EPA to act on lead in East Chicago water

March 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A coalition of community and environmental groups and law clinics has petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act immediately to protect East Chicago residents from lead in their drinking water.
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Indiana agency rejects resident's 'atheist' license plate

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has denied a Goshen man's request to have a personalized plate that read "atheist."
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After rehearing, COA reaffirms judgment in favor of Barnes & Thornburg

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
After granting a rehearing to adopt a previous holding by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday reaffirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Barnes & Thornburg LLP on a legal malpractice claim.
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Justices consider whether arrest after filing can halt expungement

March 2, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana Supreme Court justices focused on the phrase “upon receipt” in analyzing whether an expungement must be granted to a qualified petitioner. But they also puzzled over whether the Legislature would have intended the second-chance statute to extend to people who have subsequent run-ins with the law.
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COA: Trial court can hear complaint stemming from bankruptcy proceedings

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has instructed the Delaware Circuit Court to hear a case stemming from the sale of interests in a bankruptcy proceeding after determining that the trial court has jurisdiction over the complaint.
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Defendant who requests right to speak should be allowed to speak, COA rules

March 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
A Marion County woman will be given an opportunity to urge the court not to revoke her placement in a work release program after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday that the trial court had violated her right to allocution by refusing to let her speak.
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Prosecutor: Indiana officers justified in fatal shooting

March 2, 2017
 Associated Press
A prosecutor says a grand jury has found two Indiana police officers were justified in using deadly force to stop a man whom investigators say was driving a car toward them.
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Supreme Court sets argument at Rucker’s high school

March 1, 2017
IL Staff
One of Justice Robert Rucker’s final arguments as member of the Indiana Supreme Court will be a Lake County case heard at his high school alma mater in Gary.
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Bill prohibiting sanctuary campuses moves to Indiana House

March 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill meant to require Indiana colleges and universities to comply with federal immigration investigations has passed the Senate, though concerns remain about the policy’s implication on Indiana campuses.
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Civil rights leader to speak at Notre Dame Law School

March 1, 2017
IL Staff
A national leader in the 1960’s civil rights movement who was instrumental in the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 will speak at Notre Dame Law School next week.
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