Legal News

Federal court: Disbarred lawyer can’t seek judgeship

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
A disbarred Goshen lawyer who wanted to run for judge of Elkhart Circuit Court got nowhere trying to convince a federal judge he was wrongly denied the opportunity.
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Judge denies Blagojevich's bid to lighten 14-year sentence

August 10, 2016
 Associated Press
A federal judge refused Tuesday to lighten Rod Blagojevich's original 14-year prison sentence for corruption, rejecting pleas for lenience by the now white-haired former Illinois governor who attended the resentencing hearing by video from a Colorado prison a thousand miles away.
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Lawsuit planned by fans over called-off Hall of Fame game

August 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Several fans who traveled to Canton, Ohio, for the National Football League Hall of Fame game that was canceled on Sunday night because of poor field conditions are planning to sue the NFL and the hall.
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Technology lets lawyers pursue practices with no need to hit ‘print’

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
The paperless office has been an aspirational goal for many businesses including law firms for years. Advocates point to studies that say going paperless can increase efficiency by 25 to 50 percent and slash a law firm’s budget for paper, printers, printer cartridges and other traditional paperbound office supplies.
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Fitness trackers add to flood of digital evidence in courts

August 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The law surrounding the information is still evolving, particularly in the area of privacy and Fourth Amendment rights. Civil, but more likely criminal, attorneys will be handling digital evidence more and more especially as law enforcement increasingly relies on technology to track suspects and link them to crimes.
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Patel decision restricts feticide prosecutions

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals holds the Legislature didn’t intend feticide charges for pregnant women.
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$25M verdict poses tough questions for COA

August 10, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Hearing arguments about a case that resulted in what may be among the largest awards for loss of consortium, the Indiana Court of Appeals repeatedly questioned what amount of damages is too much and when a jury’s decision should be overturned.
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E-filed documents may tell more than attorneys intend

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Court officials are recommending lawyers be cautious when submitting e-filed documents, because those submissions may carry metadata revealing more than an attorney might intend.
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7th Circuit dogs insurer’s defense

August 9, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
An insurance company’s argument that a houseguest injured by the family dog was legally responsible was mauled, chewed and spit out by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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His hair now white, Blagojevich appears for resentencing

August 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared on a courtroom video in Chicago Tuesday in prison-issued clothing, his once dark hair now white, as a judge weighed whether to cut his 14-year sentence after an appeals court threw out some convictions related to his alleged attempt to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
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GM seeks to extend winning streak in Texas ignition-switch trial

August 9, 2016
 Bloomberg News
General Motors Co. has put two civil trials over its defective ignitions behind it without a loss. A third trial started Tuesday in what could be one of its toughest cases: a Texas teenager arrested for manslaughter in a death later linked to the faulty switch seeks compensation.
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Evansville mineral law firm Rhine Ernest joins BGD

August 9, 2016
IL Staff
Evansville-based Rhine Ernest LLP, a mineral law firm founded in 1979, has joined Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, expanding the firm’s presence in southwest Indiana.
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Former prison guard pleads guilty to sex with inmate

August 9, 2016
 Associated Press
A former corrections officer at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis has pleaded guilty to having sex with an inmate.
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COA splits over earliest, latest possible release dates

August 9, 2016
Dave Stafford
Two of three judges on an Indiana Court of Appeals panel urged lawmakers to revisit a requirement that trial courts advise convicts of their earliest and latest possible release dates, but a third judge dismissed the majority’s position that the requirement “imposes an impracticable burden on our trial courts.
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Service, silence to mark anniversary of Michael Brown's death

August 9, 2016
 Associated Press
A memorial service and moment of silence are planned today to mark the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown's fatal shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown's death was a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Man pleads guilty in church school's paddling incidents

August 9, 2016
 Associated Press
A former southern Indiana church employee has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors after being accused of paddling children at the church's boarding school.
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Man charged in deadly house explosion reaches plea deal

August 9, 2016
 Associated Press
A man charged with murder for his role in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion has reached a plea deal weeks before his scheduled trial.
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ABA commission sees need for ‘regulatory innovations’ in legal profession

August 8, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding the need for legal services among the poor and moderate-income greater than legal aid and pro bono can satisfy, an American Bar Association commission is advocating for the consideration of “regulatory innovations” which include non-lawyer ownership of legal service providers.
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Indiana voter ID law differs from recent overturned rulings

August 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Indiana's voter identification law differs from recently overturned laws in other states that legal experts say have caused disenfranchisement among minorities.
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NCAA athletes allowed to pursue $1B compensation case

August 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association must face claims by tens of thousands of current and former students testing the limits on how much compensation they can get for years of playing basketball and football.
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Whirlpool tries freezing copycat fridge filters with 40 lawsuits

August 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Whirlpool Corp. has filed 40 lawsuits to protect one replacement part: a $50 refrigerator water filter.
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Slaughter’s investiture ceremony Thursday

August 8, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court’s newest justice will have his investiture ceremony Thursday.
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Cialis users sue Lilly, claiming drug has ties to skin cancer

August 5, 2016
IBJ Staff
Seven men who took Cialis pills to treat erectile dysfunction sued Indianapolis drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. this week, claiming they later suffered from skin cancer that was related to the medicine.
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Pro se inmate wins appeal of sentence modification

August 5, 2016
Dave Stafford
An inmate’s pro se legal briefs arguing for a modification of his 70-year drug sentence impressed the Indiana Court of Appeals, who granted him another chance to make his case that he deserves leniency as a model prisoner who made the best of his time behind bars.
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Murderer deprived court record gets new shot at relief

August 5, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man convicted of killing a female co-worker whose skeletal remains were found in a Johnson County marsh was denied an opportunity to use the court record to plead his counsel was ineffective as he sought post-conviction relief, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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