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Indiana woman gets 12 years for neglect of malnourished teen

March 28, 2017
 Associated Press
An eastern Indiana woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the neglect of her 15-year-old niece who weighed just 40 pounds when she was admitted to a hospital.
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Sales of Polar Pure brings forfeiture dispute to US Supreme Court

March 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Supreme Court of the United States will enter the debate over civil forfeiture Wednesday when the eight justices consider whether the government can seize property from a convicted co-conspirator who did not receive any of the profits from the criminal transactions.
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COA affirms judgment for insurance company in work zone complaint

March 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
Summary judgment was properly awarded to an insurance company that denied a request to defend a construction company in a negligence suit, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday. The judges ruled the terms of the policy only obligated the insurance company after a certain amount of damages had been paid.
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Full House to hear ‘sanctuary campus’ bill

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana Senate bill that faced widespread criticism for its prohibition of so-called “sanctuary campus” policies at Indiana colleges and universities is now headed to the full House for consideration, though in a much different form than what was considered by the Senate.
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Supreme Court takes multiple evidence admissibility appeals

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to four appeals last week, three of which hinge on admissibility of certain evidence at the trial court.
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COA remands child support case

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court did not err in finding a Marion County father is voluntarily underemployed, yet it failed to consider evidence of the father’s prevailing job opportunities or earnings level, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday.
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High court struggles over hospital pension dispute

March 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States is struggling over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers.
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SCOTUS takes securities-fraud clash involving Indiana pensions

March 27, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case stemming from a New York City contract fraud to clarify investors’ ability to sue companies for omitting information from shareholder reports. Investors led by the Indiana Public Retirement System urged the Supreme Court not to take up the dispute.
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Supreme Court issues public reprimand against Johnson County prosecutor

March 27, 2017
IL Staff
A Johnson County prosecutor accused of violating professional rules of conduct through comments reported in the press has been publicly reprimanded by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Jury awards $6.1M to brothers injured in Marion crash

March 24, 2017
A judge this week certified what’s believed the largest-ever Grant County jury trial award of damages in a case stemming from a fatal car crash that happened almost eight years ago.
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4th Amendment seizure case goes to Supreme Court

March 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
It was a high-crime area, he was wearing the color associated with a local gang, and police believed he was a juvenile who was truant from school. Given those circumstances, state officials argued before the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday that officers were justified in stopping 18-year-old Jordan Jacobs and arresting him after discovering an handgun in his pocket.
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Parties urge justices to take med-mal case to provide clarity

March 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
A medical malpractice case on petition to transfer before the Indiana Supreme Court had both the appellants and appellees urging the justices Thursday to take their case.
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Indiana school district settles sex abuse case for $1.4M

March 24, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana school district has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit over a former employee's sexual misconduct with a woman when she was a 15-year-old high school student.
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Justices consider ‘grossly disproportionate’ standard in civil forfeitures

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The U.S. Supreme Court established a standard nearly 20 years ago for determining when the punitive nature of a civil forfeiture has surpassed a reasonable limit: if the forfeiture is “grossly disproportionate” to the criminal conduct in question.
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COA reinstates right-to-work case, says federal law preempts state claims

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
Although former members of a Fort Wayne union did make a claim upon which relief can be granted after their former union continued to take dues from their checks without their consent, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that federal labor law is preemptive in the state court case.
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COA awards summary judgment to city in mountain bike liability case

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals granted summary judgment in favor of the city of Indianapolis and Indy Parks and Recreation department after determining that the city was not liable for injuries sustained by a mountain biker as he was riding on a city-owned trail.
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Democratic leader Schumer vows filibuster of Gorsuch nomination

March 23, 2017
 Associated Press
The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees.
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Man gets 20 years for attempted murder of IMPD officer

March 23, 2017
IL Staff
An Indianapolis man who opened fire on a police officer after crashing his car at the end of a high-speed chase was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry announced March 23.
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Court approves senior judge certifications

March 23, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has certified two judicial officers as senior judges, including a senior judge who recently faced charges for driving while intoxicated.
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11 named as semifinalists for Rucker's spot on Supreme Court

March 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has cut the number of people still in contention to become a Supreme Court justice from 20 to 11.
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First round of Supreme Court interviews complete

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
With all 20 interviews to replace Justice Robert Rucker on the Indiana Supreme Court now complete, Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Judicial Nominating Commission are now considering which applicants should move on to the semifinalists round in April.
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Cheerleading uniform copyrights backed by US Supreme Court

March 22, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an apparel company’s copyrights on its cheerleading outfits in a ruling that bolsters the legal protections for pictures and graphic designs.
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SCOTUS bolsters rights of learning-disabled students

March 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A unanimous Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.
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Parents lose constitutional challenge of post-secondary school expenses

March 22, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Bound by precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals declined to find the statute allowing courts to impose post-secondary educational expenses on divorced parents is unconstitutional. The parents had argued the statute needs another look.
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COA rules park with no playground cannot enhance drug conviction

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A split Indiana Court of Appeals, divided over whether a park with no trees, no playground equipment and no benches could attract children during a school day, reversed a man’s conviction for Level 4 felony dealing in methamphetamine.
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