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COA again rejects Evansville’s gun-in-park suit appeal

June 13, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man who sued the city of Evansville after he was forced to leave a park after police spotted him carrying a firearm may proceed with a lawsuit seeking damages and treble attorney fees under a statute that bars municipalities from regulating firearms.
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Judge: Krieg DeVault owes ex-partners who sued over compensation

June 13, 2017
Dave Stafford
A major Indianapolis law firm must pay three departed partners who sued, a judge has ruled, but it will be up to a judge or jury to determine whether paying the former employees would create a “substantial and material adverse effect” for the law firm partnership, as it has claimed in the case.
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7th Circuit: Plain-view doctrine controls appeal of motion to suppress

June 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana district court did not err in denying a convicted felon’s motion to suppress after three guns were found in his home during a search for electronic devices because the guns were found under the plain-view doctrine, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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McKinney grad named to rural affairs USDA post

June 13, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana native and graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has been named to a U.S. Department of Agriculture post overseeing rural issues. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Monday that Anne Hazlett will lead the USDA's rural development agencies.
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Judge to hear challenge to new Indiana abortion restrictions

June 13, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit seeking to block a new Indiana law that makes it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky say portions of the new law are unconstitutional.
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Holcomb praises justice pick's 'sharp legal mind'

June 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
A rural Indiana judge with more than a decade of experience on a trial court bench has been selected as Indiana’s 110th Supreme Court justice.
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Tax sale purchasers lose as COA tangles over statutory interpretation

June 12, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Likening people who buy property at tax sales to gamblers, an Indiana Court of Appeals panel split over how much due diligence the tax sale statute requires of purchasers but still found the buyers of a cell tower property in Bloomington did not do enough.
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Gorsuch has unanimous first opinion for Supreme Court

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
Justice Neil Gorsuch's first Supreme Court opinion Monday stayed true to what Gorsuch promised in his nomination hearing and to the reputation for good writing he developed as an appellate judge.
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Justices strike down gender differences in citizenship law

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday struck down part of an unusual law that treats fathers and mothers differently when it comes to conferring citizenship on children born outside the U.S.
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High court ruling speeds up generic biotech drug approval

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
A unanimous United States Supreme Court is speeding up the time for generic biotech drugs to become available to the public in a ruling that means a loss of billions in sales to the makers of original versions.
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Justices side with Microsoft in Xbox 360 class action case

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States is giving Microsoft Corp. another chance to stop a class action lawsuit filed by owners of the Xbox 360 video game system who claim the console has a design defect that scratches game discs.
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Indiana domestic violence law addresses phone plans, pets

June 12, 2017
 Associated Press
A new Indiana law taking effect July 1 aims to help those affected by domestic violence leave abusive relationships.
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COA: Lack of allocution notice demands resentencing

June 12, 2017
Dave Stafford
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals remanded a man’s sentencing because a judge failed to directly offer him a chance to speak before sentencing him, instead asking the man’s counsel, who said his client did not wish to speak.
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Holcomb picks Goff as next Indiana justice

June 12, 2017
IL Staff
Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff has been selected as the 110th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday.
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NY appeals court says chimpanzees don't have rights of people

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Two chimpanzees that were caged at a trailer lot and at a primate sanctuary don't have the legal rights of people in New York, an appeals court said Thursday.
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Attorneys now have online state court record access

June 9, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana lawyers can now view online public records in state trial court cases in the Odyssey case management system available through mycase.in.gov.
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Canvassers charged in fake, fraudulent voter registrations

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Twelve employees of a Democrat-linked group focused on mobilizing black voters in Indiana are accused of submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications ahead of last year’s general election to meet quotas, according to charging documents filed Friday.
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No bond for woman accused of leaking top-secret documents

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Augusta, Georgia, ordered a young woman charged with leaking classified U.S. documents to remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued she might possess more stolen government secrets.
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COA: Man’s actions waived right to speedy trial

June 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana man convicted of multiple felony drug charges lost his appeal of his lack of a speedy trial because his actions, including his failure to object to a later trial date, waived his right to such a trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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Comey's release of Trump memo to newspaper: Was it legal?

June 9, 2017
 Associated Press
When former FBI Director James Comey revealed Thursday that he orchestrated a disclosure of damaging details about his conversations with President Donald Trump, he demonstrated his savvy use of media and his skills as a Washington operator. He also kicked up a hornet's nest of questions about the legal and ethical implications of the move.
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Justices to decide whether adults can send sexually explicit images to certain teens

June 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
After oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court next week, the justices will decide if adults can send sexually explicit photos to 16- and 17-year-olds without breaking state law.
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7th Circuit: Retired veteran can’t sue government for distress

June 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A retired veteran who was wrongfully deprived of incapacitation payments during his time in the reserves cannot sue the U.S. government for distress caused by that deprivation because existing caselaw prohibits servicemembers from suing the government for injuries accrued while in the military, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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7th Circuit affirms preliminary injunction to allow pro-marijuana rally

June 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A pro-marijuana nonprofit organization may be able to hold a rally on the steps of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a preliminary injunction against the county’s policy for approving courthouse events.
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Supreme Court suspends attorneys for failure to pay fees, meet CLE requirements

June 7, 2017
IL Staff
Nearly 200 attorneys licensed to practice law in Indiana have been suspended for failure to pay certain fees or meet continuing legal education requirements.
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7th Circuit: Summary judgment properly awarded to glue manufacturer

June 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
A federal judge properly awarded summary judgment to a glue manufacturer after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals determined a man who claimed he suffered neurological issues from the glue’s fumes failed to provide expert testimony to establish causation.
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