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Teen’s felony murder conviction upheld

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
An man’s felony murder conviction in Elkhart County will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday there was sufficient evidence to support it and that the trial court did not err in instructing the jury.
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COA: Mother denied right to counsel in adoption proceeding

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Johnson County adoption after finding the mother was denied due process when the adoption court found that she had waived her right to counsel.
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Pence wants Supreme Court to dismiss public records case after release of white paper

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
After a “white paper” detailing a legal challenge to a federal immigration order was leaked as part of a journalistic investigation, attorneys for former Gov. Mike Pence are petitioning the Indiana Supreme Court to dismiss a court case seeking to uncover the contents of the white paper, saying the case is now moot.
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Alito: US' dedication to religious liberty being tested

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told an audience Wednesday at an event in Madison, New Jersey, sponsored by a Catholic lawyers' organization.
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Panel backs letting staffers have guns in Statehouse

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Legislative employees could carry guns as they go about their duties at the Indiana Statehouse under a National Rifle Association-backed measure that is advancing.
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Women reach plea deals in prostitution case involving teen

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
Three Indianapolis women, including a guardian, have reached plea agreements with prosecutors in connection with prostitution-related charges involving a teenage girl.
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Revised Trump travel ban blocked by 2 courts

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has suffered another federal court setback after a judge in Maryland rejected a revised measure that bans travel targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.
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Young wants to fill Indiana seats on federal courts quickly

March 15, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
With the deadline passed to apply for openings in the federal courts in Indiana, Sen. Todd Young’s office says it wants to move quickly to select candidates to fill the positions.
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CIB ordered to give deposition in IRS-Simon lawsuit over Pacers deal

March 15, 2017
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board has failed in its effort to avoid getting entangled in a legal dispute between the IRS and Mel Simon’s widow stemming from Mel’s sale of his half of the Indiana Pacers to his brother Herb in 2009.
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COA rejects ineffective counsel claim based on judge’s sentencing practices

March 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man who pleaded guilty to child molesting cannot prove that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday, but the post-conviction court must still address the issue of whether his plea was voluntary.
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Judicial Conference recommends new judgeship for Indiana’s Southern District

March 15, 2017
IL Staff
A new permanent judgeship for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is among the Judicial Conference of the United States’ recommendations to Congress for the creation of nearly five dozen new judgeships across the country.
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Woman may amend tortious interference claim against Allison Transmission

March 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman who alleges that an Indianapolis company contributed to her employment termination may continue her defamation claim against the company and amend her tortious interference claim pursuant to Indiana trial rules, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Supreme Court seeks feedback on proposed rules amendments

March 15, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking feedback on proposed changes to judicial rules from Hoosier legal professionals and members of the public.
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Admission and discipline rules amended to allow temporary law licenses

March 15, 2017
IL Staff
A recent amendment to Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and the Discipline of Attorneys has created a new pathway for attorneys admitted to practice in other states to gain a temporary law license in Indiana.
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Suspended judge gets probation for shoving police chief

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A suspended eastern Indiana city court judge has been placed on probation for shoving a police chief who also is his nephew.
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Police chasing thousands of tips in killing of 2 girls

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press
A month after two teenage girls were found slain after vanishing during a northern Indiana hiking trip, investigators said Tuesday they continue following up on thousands of tips that have led officers to interview more 300 people for possible involvement in the case.
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Murder charges dropped against Gary woman after years in jail

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press
Charges have been dropped against a Gary woman who has been in jail for more than four years accused of arranging the death of a business associate.
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Indiana man accused of spreading HIV sentenced to prison

March 15, 2017
 Associated Press
A Terre Haute man accused of spreading HIV has been ordered to serve 20 years in prison.
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ACLU suing state of Indiana in Lawrenceburg discrimination case

March 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is suing the Hoosier state for disability discrimination, the most recent piece of litigation in a lawsuit stemming from a donated piece of land in Lawrenceburg.
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Justices uphold St. Joseph County foreclosure

March 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a mortgage company that foreclosed on a St. Joseph County couple’s home, holding that although the couple’s personal liability was discharged under Chapter 7 liquidation, the lien on the property was still an enforceable action.
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COA orders post-conviction court to reduce criminal confinement sentence

March 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man who pleaded guilty to criminal confinement will have his sentence reduced by eight years after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday that his trial attorney’s erroneous counsel led the man to make the decision to reject a previous plea agreement.
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Trial court must reconsider convicted murderer’s PCR petition

March 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
A convicted murderer facing life without parole in Franklin County is getting a second chance at post-conviction relief after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday the trial court did not consider all the post-conviction claims properly before it.
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Notre Dame, McKinney up, Maurer down in US News rankings

March 14, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although deans consistently disparage the annual rankings, the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Schools may have given Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reason to cheer.
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Obama’s final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
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City sues drugmaker for letting OxyContin flood black market

March 14, 2017
 Associated Press
As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett, Washington, took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. He sued the maker of OxyContin.
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