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Letter to victim’s mother supports lesser misdemeanor charge

August 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A defendant’s rambling letter to a victim’s mother was not enough to uphold his convictions for attempted obstruction of justice and invasion of privacy, but it was sufficient to support a lesser charge.
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Pawnshop owner not victim of prosecutorial misconduct

August 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A prosecutor’s comments to a witness about what would have been helpful did not shift the burden of producing evidence onto the defendant, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Indiana county's courthouse tower tree gets checkup

August 7, 2015
 Associated Press
Checking on the health of a tree growing from the courthouse clock tower in southeastern Indiana's Decatur County was among the reasons crews dangled from a crane to inspect the 154-year-old building in Greensburg this week.
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Sex offender wins right to view legal adult porn

August 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man convicted for obscene webcam conduct shared with someone posing as a 13-year-old girl nearly a decade ago may view legal pornography, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a three-way opinion Thursday.
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Guilty plea stands despite ineligibility for habitual charge

August 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although a man was wrongly charged as a habitual substance offender, the Indiana Court of Appeals determined the facts do not support his claim that his counsel was ineffective and he did not knowingly enter a guilty plea.
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Indiana medical company sued over data breach

August 7, 2015
 Associated Press
Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Fort Wayne seeking class-action status on behalf of patients who have had their data compromised by Medical Informatics Engineering.
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Reversal: VORP cannot be ordered in sentence

August 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday that offenders may not be ordered to participate in the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program, reversing a sentence and remanding to the trial court for a restitution hearing.
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Hamilton Southeastern Utilities gets partial Tax Court win

August 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
The sewer utility serving fast-growing Fishers won a partial victory on its appeal of a tax on connection fees, but the Indiana Tax Court didn’t fully rule in favor of Hamilton Southeastern Utilities.
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Interim committees schedule hearings on hot-button issues

August 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana legislators are preparing to examine a proposal that would permit the collection of DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony in the state.
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Attorney to seek resentencing in Indiana teen's sex case

August 6, 2015
 Associated Press
An Indiana 19-year-old is seeking a new sentence after being ordered to register as a sex offender in two states and refrain from having a computer or smartphone, or living in a place with Internet access, because he had consensual sex with a 14-year-old Michigan girl he met online who said she was 17.
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Jail conditions ordered eased for Indy blast convict

August 6, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge in South Bend has ordered a northern Indiana jail to ease conditions for an Indianapolis man awaiting sentencing on charges stemming from a deadly house explosion.
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Federal court properly denied bid to withdraw money-laundering plea

August 6, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indiana federal District Court judge properly denied a woman’s motion to withdraw her money-laundering plea, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Failure to read contract no protection against liability

August 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A coal mine superintendent failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that he should not be held liable because he did not understand the contract he signed.
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Long wait for cold beer decision not unusual

August 5, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Waiting nearly eight months for a cold beer would likely send thirsty Hoosiers across state lines for refreshment. But waiting this long for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether Indiana’s alcohol laws are constitutional is no reason to switch to liquor.
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Petition: Jail mistreats Indianapolis house blast convict

August 5, 2015
 Associated Press
Attorneys for an Indianapolis man awaiting sentencing on charges stemming from a deadly house explosion allege he's being mistreated in a South Bend jail.
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St. Joe County to pay $270K for not holding prompt hearings

August 5, 2015
 Associated Press
St. Joseph County in northern Indiana has agreed to pay $270,000 to settle a federal class-action lawsuit that accuses the county of failing to provide those arrested with probable cause hearings within 48 hours, the South Bend Tribune reported.
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Government demands Lance Armstrong's records from IU

August 5, 2015
 Associated Press
The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer.
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Strip club must face suit of pedestrian hit by drunk waitress

August 5, 2015
Dave Stafford
A pedestrian severely injured when he was struck by a strip club waitress driving home from work may proceed with a civil lawsuit against the Indianapolis club that furnished her free alcohol, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Wednesday.
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Historic documents provide glimpse of law school in the 1890s

August 5, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Anyone wanting to learn more about legal education from yesteryear can visit the IUPUI eArchives website where academic catalogues, commencement programs and other historical documents are now available online.
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Judge seats accused Best Chairs trademark infringer in Indiana

August 5, 2015
Dave Stafford
Online merchants who have sold more than $6 million worth of chairs with names that allegedly infringe on a longtime Indiana manufacturer’s trademarks will have to answer the claims in federal court in Evansville, a judge ruled Tuesday.
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Estate battle remanded to trial court to determine timeliness

August 4, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
An heir was successful in asserting he had a claim to his father’s estate but has more work to convince the courts he filed his claim in a timely manner.
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Wiretap and defamation claims against South Bend councilman allowed to move forward

August 4, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Overturning the trial court’s dismissal, the Indiana Court of Appeals is allowing the complaint claiming a South Bend city councilman violated the federal wiretap act and committed defamation to proceed.
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Risk to student in school religion case merits concealing mom’s name

August 4, 2015
Dave Stafford
The mother of a Fort Wayne public school student may proceed without identifying herself in a federal lawsuit claiming the second-grader was ostracized and shamed by a teacher because he told a classmate who inquired about his faith that he didn’t believe in God. The mother said identifying herself would disclose her son’s name, subjecting him to further harm and public criticism.
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2nd northern Indiana city drops gay protection proposals

August 4, 2015
 Associated Press
Officials in the northern Indiana city of Goshen have decided to put off voting on a proposal expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Reversal: Insurer’s acceptance of payment reinstated policy

August 4, 2015
Dave Stafford
A Porter County man won his argument that his insurer’s acceptance of a late payment kept his homeowners coverage in force, after which a garage fire caused damage exceeding $80,000. Now, the insurer also may have to pay bad-faith and punitive damages.
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  1. Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in December, but U.S. District Judge Robert Miller later reduced that to about $540,000 to put the damages for suffering under the statutory cap of $300,000.

  2. I was trying to remember, how did marriage get gay in Kentucky, did the people vote for it? Ah no, of course not. It was imposed by judicial fiat. The voted-for official actually represents the will of the majority in the face of an unelected federal judiciary. But democracy only is just a slogan for the powerful, they trot it out when they want and call it bigotry etc when they don't.

  3. Ah yes... Echoes of 1963 as a ghostly George Wallace makes his stand at the Schoolhouse door. We now know about the stand of personal belief over service to all constituents at the Carter County Clerk door. The results are the same, bigotry unable to follow the directions of the courts and the courts win. Interesting to watch the personal belief take a back seat rather than resign from a perception of local power to make the statement.

  4. An oath of office, does it override the conscience? That is the defense of overall soldier who violates higher laws, isnt it? "I was just following orders" and "I swore an oath of loyalty to der Fuhrer" etc. So this is an interesting case of swearing a false oath and then knowing that it was wrong and doing the right thing. Maybe they should chop her head off too like the "king's good servant-- but God's first" like St Thomas More. ...... We wont hold our breath waiting for the aclu or other "civil liberterians" to come to her defense since they are all arrayed on the gay side, to a man or should I say to a man and womyn?

  5. Perhaps we should also convene a panel of independent anthropological experts to study the issues surrounding this little-known branch of human sacrifice?

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