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Divided COA: Man can't use RFRA to avoid taxes

January 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a Marion County man cannot avoid paying income taxes using a religious freedom defense, with the majority writing that the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for the collection of taxes in the furtherance of a compelling government interest.
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Man wanted in '99 abduction, sex assault caught in Oregon

January 13, 2017
 Associated Press
A man wanted in the 1999 abduction and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in southern Indiana has been arrested in Oregon.
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Church members join in grief, anger as gunman sentenced to death

January 12, 2017
 Associated Press
Family members of the nine people Dylann Roof killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church weren’t the only ones who suffered. Their church family grieved, too.
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In final argument, Roof does not ask jury to spare life

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Dylann Roof said he wasn't sure “what good it would do” to ask jurors for life in prison instead of execution, showing no remorse for killing nine black church members during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Trial court domestic violence counseling order affirmed

January 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court was within its discretion when it ordered a man to complete domestic violence counseling even though he was not convicted on a domestic battery charge, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday.
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Indiana judge lets death penalty appeal go to high court

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana judge has ruled that a man who faces the death penalty can appeal, claiming the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.
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Sentencing hearing continues for Charleston church shooter

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Final testimony is expected as prosecutors wrap up their argument that Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for the Charleston, South Carolina church shootings.
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State: Task force helped convict 8 of insurance fraud

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Officials say a state task force’s unemployment insurance fraud investigation has helped lead to the convictions of eight people.
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Lake County sheriff's official pleads guilty to wire fraud

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
The second-in-command at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department pleaded guilty to wire fraud Friday in a bribery case in which the sheriff and a tow truck operator also are charged.
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Defendant in Indianapolis house blast to be sentenced

December 19, 2016
 Associated Press
A woman who was one of five people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion is set for sentencing.
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Drug dealer’s convictions upheld after ‘exceptionally weak’ arguments

December 13, 2016
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Monday a convicted drug dealer’s appeal of his drug conspiracy and firearm convictions and related sentence, calling his numerous arguments for reversal “exceptionally weak.”
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Gary police log: Indiana lawmaker victim of armed robbery

December 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Police dispatch logs show that an Indiana lawmaker was the victim of an armed robbery at the Glen Theater in Gary.
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COA affirms mom’s convictions targeting stepmom

December 9, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a mother’s intimidation convictions Friday, writing that her children’s stepmother had lawful custody of the children, so the mother’s threats against the woman constituted intimidation based on a prior lawful act.
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Jury selection begins in high-profile Saints star's death

December 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Conflicts settled by gunfire are tragically common in New Orleans, but there was nothing routine about this one: The dead man was retired football player Will Smith, a star on the 2006 Saints team who helped lift the stricken city's spirits with a winning season after Hurricane Katrina, and played with the team when it won the franchise's only Super Bowl three seasons later. Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of the man accused in his killing after a road-rage incident.
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Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex abuse

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
A former USA Gymnastics team doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his Michigan home with a girl under 13.
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Woman gets 4 years for embezzling $5.5 million

November 10, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling $5.5 million from her former employer.
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Meth conviction reversed over toxicology authentication

November 10, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a man’s conviction of operating a vehicle with meth in his blood and subsequently causing death after finding that the state failed to authenticate the toxicology report that found traces of drug in his blood sample.
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Vigo County deputy charged in alleged kickback scheme quits

November 9, 2016
 Associated Press
A Vigo County sheriff’s deputy jailed in an alleged school contract kickback scheme has resigned as he seeks his release from custody.
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Police level of force raised in Charleston shooting trial

November 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Testimony in the trial of a white former Charleston, South Carolina, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist is raising questions about how much force is justified.
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2 Somali pirates get life in prison; 3rd gets 33 years

November 8, 2016
 Associated Press
Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he cooperated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case.
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Former police officer in murder trial: I feared for my life

November 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A white former police officer in Cincinnati on trial for murder has taken the stand to tell jurors he feared for his life when he fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop in Ohio.
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COA divided over search producing gun, affirms conviction

November 7, 2016
Olivia Covington
The admission of a gun obtained without a warrant from a man later convicted of carrying a handgun without a license did not violate the man’s constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure and, thus, does not warrant the reversal of his conviction.
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Ex-police supervisor accused of stealing drugs pleads guilty

November 4, 2016
 Associated Press
A former Columbus Police Department narcotics division supervisor accused of taking drugs from its evidence room has pleaded guilty to charges.
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COA denies correction of sentencing order in dismissal

November 2, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
Because the plain language of Indiana Trial Rule 41(B) states that a dismissal operates as an adjudication upon the merits, the Indiana Court of Appeals found there is no need to remand a man’s case to correct his sentencing order as he claimed.
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7th Circuit vacates brandishing sentence for lack of jury finding

November 1, 2016
Olivia Covington
A man convicted of attempted robbery in Indiana federal court will be resentenced after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found Tuesday that the jury failed to find that the defendant had actually aided and abetted the brandishing of firearms during the robbery.
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