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New Indiana attorneys sworn in at admission ceremony

October 6, 2014
Kelly Lucas
The Indiana Board of Law Examiners reported that 378 of the aspiring lawyers who sat for the July bar exam were successful in that effort. On Monday, Indiana’s newest class of lawyers was sworn in at an admission ceremony hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Indianapolis again says justice complex RFP not public

October 6, 2014
Dave Stafford
A representative of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told Marion County judges Monday that the request for proposals the city issued to three teams competing to design, finance and construct a criminal justice facility is not a document the public can see.
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Same-sex marriage rulings stand

October 6, 2014
IL Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States has let stand rulings from the 7th Circuit and other federal courts that will end laws against same-sex marriage in Indiana and other states.
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Archbishop celebrates Red Mass with Indianapolis bench and bar

October 3, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Describing the justice that comes from law as “rough or limited,” Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin urged lawyers, judges and law students to stay connected with God “who is perfect justice, mercy and love.”
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Metal detector still out at Indianapolis City-County Building

October 3, 2014
Dave Stafford
Marion County judges said Friday they were unaware that a metal detector has been broken and out of commission for weeks at a public entrance of the Indianapolis City-County Building.
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Judge: Yorktown’s door-to-door soliciting restriction unconstitutional

October 3, 2014
IL Staff
Yorktown’s ordinance forbidding door-to-door canvassing before or after daylight hours is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled.
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Appeals court affirms rejection of YouTube defamation claims

October 3, 2014
Dave Stafford
The sister-in-law of a Boston woman who disappeared in 1981 and whose body was found buried in Massachusetts nine years later lost a defamation appeal Friday stemming from comments to a YouTube video she posted about the case.
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Man gets life for killing ex-girlfriend's father

October 3, 2014
 Associated Press
A southwestern Indiana man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend's father.
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US Supreme Court takes up housing bias case

October 2, 2014
 Associated Press
For the third time in recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider taking away a powerful legal tactic the Obama administration and others have used to combat housing discrimination.
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Appeals court affirms disbarred attorney’s convictions

October 2, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The South Bend attorney who was disbarred in 2010 and convicted of forgery in 2013 lost his appeal before the Indiana Court of Appeals Thursday.
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Plainfield facility to house low-risk, first-time offenders

October 2, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday the conversion of a Plainfield short-term offender program into an individualized program for first-time, lower-risk offenders sentenced to prison.
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Defendant’s breach of plea agreement allows state to back out

October 2, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals addressed an issue of first impression Thursday: whether the state can withdraw from a plea agreement after the trial court has accepted it. The state was allowed to withdraw its agreement with a defendant after the man refused to testify at his co-conspirator’s trial, which was part of the deal.
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Judge concerned remonstrators may not have enough time to ask for a stay

October 2, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the annexation by the city of Martinsville of approximately 3,000 acres, finding the remonstrators’ appeal is moot because they did not ask for a stay of the annexation approval. But one judge had concerns that municipality clerks may be able to make an annexation final before remonstrators have enough time to consider requesting a stay.
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Judge convicts northern Indiana man in 2 killings

October 2, 2014
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana man paroled in 2010 after serving time for killing a family friend has been convicted in the fatal shootings of his brother and sister-in-law.
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Indiana AG proposes home contractor registry

October 1, 2014
 Associated Press
Indiana residents looking to hire contractors for home repair or remodeling projects would be able to search a state registry that's among a package of legislative proposals Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday he's supporting in an effort to boost consumer protections.
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U.S. judge blocks Obamacare tax rule for non-exchange states

October 1, 2014
 Bloomberg News
An Oklahoma federal judge dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s health care law, invalidating IRS rules aimed at making policies affordable for consumers around the country.
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Judge tosses suit over IU student's disappearance

October 1, 2014
 Associated Press
A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit filed by the parents of an Indiana University student last seen more than three years ago against two men who were with her the night she vanished.
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Court must reconsider man’s request for credit time

October 1, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court mistakenly believed it could not award educational credit time to a man serving his sentence on home detention, so the Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the court to re-evaluate his petition.
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Justices order $7,025 credit applied for father’s arrearage

October 1, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
In a per curiam decision released Wednesday, the Indiana Supreme Court accepted a case involving owed child support and ordered the father be credited for more than $7,000 seized from his bank account for the arrearage.
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American Judicature Society dissolving after 101 years

October 1, 2014
IL Staff
The American Judicature Society, an organization formed in 1913 to promote a fair justice system, announced Tuesday that it will be shutting down amid challenging times for nonprofits.
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Annual Red Masses bless lawyers, judges and government officials

October 1, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
With the start of October comes the celebration of the ancient rite of the Red Mass. Two masses, meant to convey God’s blessing on those who serve the law, will be held in Indiana.
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Justices reverse COA, reinstate ex-teacher's attempted seduction charge

October 1, 2014
Dave Stafford
A former high school teacher must face a charge of attempted child seduction for Facebook communications propositioning a 16-year-old student for sex, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, reinstating a case the Court of Appeals had dismissed.
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Judge upholds conviction in southwestern Indiana slaying

October 1, 2014
 Associated Press
A judge has denied a southwestern Indiana man's request to reverse his murder conviction for the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend's father.
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Venue change sought in case of woman's 1975 death

October 1, 2014
 Associated Press
An Indiana man who spent more than 25 years in prison for the death of his second wife is seeking a new location for his trial on charges he killed his first wife in 1975.
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What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?

October 1, 2014
 Associated Press
The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the U.S. Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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