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Admitting evidence of ‘signature’ crime was harmless error

August 31, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the conviction of a man who broke into a woman’s home, severely beat her and attempted to rape her. Evidence that the man looked into the window of another woman in the neighborhood 57 days later should not have been admitted at his trial, but the error was harmless in light of DNA evidence connecting the man to the crime.
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COA affirms on rehearing ruling against revenue department

August 31, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed on rehearing Monday its opinion reversing summary judgment in favor of the Department of Revenue in a dispute over whether an award from a state agency in Marion County could be levied against a judgment in Marshall County.
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Lake Station mayor, wife go on trial in federal court

August 31, 2015
 Associated Press
The mayor of a northwestern Indiana city and his wife are going on trial on federal charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
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Valpo ex-attorney Holesinger gets 10 years

August 31, 2015
Dave Stafford
Former Valparaiso attorney Clark Holesinger has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution to clients he defrauded.
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Incomplete contempt orders get reversed

August 31, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A trial court’s multiple contempt orders against a father have been overturned after the Indiana Court of Appeals found they did not “clearly and distinctly” state the reasons for the contempt citations.
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Supreme Court opens door for Indiana Tech law students to apply for bar exam

August 31, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Supreme Court has carved out an exception for Indiana Tech Law School, enabling the first graduating class to continue working toward state licensure.
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Professor’s sex discrimination claim properly tossed

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indiana University Medical School professor’s sex discrimination claim filed after her firing was insufficient to survive summary judgment, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Friday.
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Expungement bid for 1975 crime fails at 7th Circuit

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford

A career criminal lost his appeal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that sought to throw out a 1975 conviction.

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7th Circuit stops collection of hospital assessment fee

August 28, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
St. Catherine Hospital was successful in getting a reprieve from a dispute with the state of Indiana over the hospital assessment fee.  
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Court of Appeals green lights Boonville annexation

August 28, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The fourth time has proven to be a charm for the city of Boonville as the Indiana Court of Appeals is allowing the municipality to annex more than 1,000 acres over the objections of several landowners.
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COA affirms IURC has no jurisdiction over gas vendor

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford
A northern Indiana business that filed a complaint with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission when its gas bills were higher than expected lost its appeal of the agency’s dismissal of the complaint Friday.
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ACLU of Indiana challenges state law banning ballot photos

August 28, 2015
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is challenging a new state law that prohibits voters from photographing their ballots and sharing those images on social media.
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Go-it-alone defendant has hard day in court

August 28, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A pro se defendant who changed his mind and asked for counsel mid-trial instead got a lesson in legal precedent.
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Pro se plaintiff wins appeal round vs. DOC

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford
A pro se plaintiff who claimed property seized from him in a “strip cell” disciplinary action and wasn’t returned will have his day in court after the Indiana Court of Appeals reinstated his claim Friday.
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Lawmakers to study more time for creditors’ estate claims

August 28, 2015
IL Staff
An Indiana General Assembly panel next week will consider a proposal to extend the time a creditor has to bring a claim against an estate from the current limit of nine months.
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Lawyer: Former franchisee alerted Subway ad exec about Fogle

August 28, 2015
 Associated Press
A former franchisee alerted an executive in charge of Subway's advertising in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer.
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Grandmother granted too much visitation time, COA rules

August 28, 2015
Dave Stafford
A paternal grandmother was properly granted visitation time with her granddaughter, but the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday the court abused its discretion by awarding too much visitation time.
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Union wins closely watched labor case over who’s the boss

August 28, 2015
 Bloomberg News
More companies may be held responsible for labor-law violations committed by contractors and forced to negotiate wages and benefits with their workers under a decision by a politically split U.S. labor board.
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Award of attorney fees in wrongful death depends on existence of survivors

August 27, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In a case of first impression, the Indiana Supreme Court said it was “neither absurd nor contrary to public policy” to find the state’s General Wrongful Death Statute provides different damage awards depending on survivors.
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Justices affirm denial of intervention in lengthy foreclosure suit

August 27, 2015
Dave Stafford
A clerk’s failure to docket a Carmel homeowner association’s judgment against a homeowner doesn’t mean a mortgagee was denied notice that a claim existed against the property, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justices held a lis pendens filing  provided sufficient notice.
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Wanted: lawyers willing to be judges

August 27, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Reach for Youth is offering attorneys the opportunity to wear the black robe and test their judicial chops.
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7th Circuit affirms ruling but rejects rationale

August 27, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although it agreed with the decision to toss the testimony of three experts, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals cautioned the District Court about blanket assertions.
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Lawmakers hear from advocates on police body-camera rules

August 27, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers studying possible restrictions on the public release of police body-camera footage heard an impassioned plea Wednesday from a woman who is fighting to get a video of her husband's shooting death by Indianapolis police.
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Kentucky clerk defies court order to issue gay-marriage license

August 27, 2015
 Associated Press
The clerk's office in Moorehead, Kentucky, on Thursday again refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple, in defiance of a Supreme Court of the United States ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country two months ago.
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Lawyer on trial, accused of coaching witnesses to lie

August 27, 2015
 Associated Press
The question of how far lawyers can go in providing clients the strongest possible defense underlies a rare trial coming to a close in Chicago, where federal prosecutors accuse an attorney of coaching defendants and witnesses to outright lie.
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