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Judge rules man on death row not competent to be executed

November 20, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
A special judge in Johnson County has ruled that Michael Dean Overstreet is not currently competent to be executed.
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Judges: Cop shouldn’t have asked driver for license

November 20, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the denial of a man’s motion to suppress evidence collected during an investigatory traffic stop. The judges held that once the police officer knew the owner of the vehicle – who had a suspended license – was not driving, the investigation should have ended.
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Court reverses adjustment to fire protection territory’s general fund levy

November 20, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
Citing a lack of sufficient factual findings and a public law’s unconstitutionality, the Indiana Tax Court on Wednesday reversed the adjustment made by the Department of Local Government Finance to the Greenfield Fire Protection Territory’s general fund levy for the 2012 budget year.
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Fort Wayne attorney elected to Judicial Nominating Commission

November 20, 2014
IL Staff
John O. Feighner, of Fort Wayne, has been elected to serve as the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission district three representative. He will replace John Ulmer, whose term expires at the end of the year.
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Indiana panel hears testimony on human trafficking

November 20, 2014
 Associated Press
A state trooper who investigates human trafficking told a commission devoted to children's issues Wednesday that he's looked into nearly 40 such cases this year but the shadowy nature of the forced sex and labor trade means it's unclear how far the problem reaches into Indiana.
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Child services agency exceeding caseload standard

November 20, 2014
 Associated Press
Leaders of Indiana's Department of Child Services say it isn't meeting state-mandated caseload standards but aren't asking for money to hire more child welfare workers.
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Palladium contractors to pay $5.3M to settle suit

November 20, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis, IBJ Staff
The Carmel Redevelopment Commission is headed for a $5.3 million payday after agreeing to settle a lawsuit over defects found in the structural steel web supporting the Palladium’s distinctive domed roof.
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State seeks greater damages from township embezzler

November 19, 2014
Dave Stafford
The former Marion County Center Township accountant who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $340,000 also should pay the cost of investigating his wrongdoing, the Indiana State Board of Accounts says.
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Judges reverse drug charges based on constitutional violation

November 19, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed drug charges against two Bloomington men after finding the police detective’s actions unreasonable. The detectives entered the men’s property while looking for another person despite clear signs of "no trespassing."
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Split COA orders trial for woman injured measuring countertop

November 19, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday concluded summary judgment was not proper for a home improvement business on a woman’s negligence claim. The customer was injured when a granite countertop propped up outside of the business fell on her foot while she was measuring it.
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Federal judge approves settlement in Marion County campaign literature case

November 19, 2014
Jennifer Nelson
A federal judge on Monday approved a settlement between the Marion County Election Board and the unslated candidate from whom it confiscated campaign materials in 2012.
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Indiana lawmakers sworn in on Organization Day

November 19, 2014
 Associated Press
Members of the General Assembly took their oaths of office Tuesday as a part of Organization Day formalities and talked about some of their plans for when they return to work full-time in January.
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Settlement pending in multimillion-dollar Palladium litigation

November 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis, IBJ Staff
The defendants in a multimillion-dollar legal dispute over construction defects at Carmel’s tony Palladium concert hall have agreed to settle the dispute, court records show.
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Councilors to get peek at justice center plans

November 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, IBJ Staff
Some city-county councilors might get early access to information about a new criminal justice complex, but they have to agree to keep it under wraps.
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Adoption case presents issues of first impression

November 19, 2014
Dave Stafford
Adoption laws are evolving, as evidenced by a case before the Indiana Supreme Court and a separate push for a pre-birth abandonment bill aimed at biological fathers who don’t support their baby’s mother during pregnancy.
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Globalization increases demand for foreign experience

November 19, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Exchange programs with law schools in China are providing valuable experience to students who want to build careers in international or corporate law, attorneys say.
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SCOTUS hears case of fisherman caught in Sarbanes-Oxley net

November 19, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
A dispute involving six-dozen undersized fish has a group of legal scholars arguing the federal government’s tendency to broadly interpret the criminal code runs the risk of making everyone guilty of an illegal act.
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Indianapolis attorney turns pastime into an album of children’s music

November 19, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Dave Heger, an in-house counsel for AES Corp., is a musician in his off-hours, playing guitar and making up songs for his two children. He turned those snippets of melodies into songs and turned those songs into an album.
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Dean's Desk: Truly integrated experiential education

November 19, 2014
andre douglas pond cummings
Legal education has lost its way. While many law schools seek to update and modernize their approach through the adoption of some required skills instruction and the addition of clinical experiences for more of their students, a significantly more aggressive approach is necessary to reform legal education fully and prepare law students to enter the practice of law today.
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Attorney faces meth charges in 2 counties

November 19, 2014
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission seeks an emergency suspension of a Corydon lawyer’s license to practice.
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Preparing for Ebola

November 19, 2014
Dave Stafford
The first Ebola cases in the United States caused panic that Indiana legal and medical experts say has receded somewhat as public health systems contained the virus and educated people about the risks of the disease and the perils of overreacting.
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Leonard: Proposed rule expands safe harbors under federal Anti-Kickback Statute

November 19, 2014
The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently published a proposed rule seeking to add new safe harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute, as well as amend certain existing safe harbors within the rule.
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DTCI: Is technology killing the work-life balance?

November 19, 2014
From DTCI
I will admit that when I first started practicing law, there were no BlackBerry phones, iPhones or tablets allowing one to access email at any time of the day, anywhere in the world. I also could not access the system in our office while at home or some other remote location. Now that all of these options are available to us, I can’t help but wonder is technology killing the ability to balance work with life?
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Quality of Life: Volunteer to live a longer and healthier life

November 19, 2014
Jonna Kane MacDougall
Not only do the recipients of the volunteers’ time and effort benefit, but studies have shown that the volunteers themselves benefit as well.
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Bell: 3 things to know when leaving a law firm

November 19, 2014
James Bell
According to the all-reliable Internet, the economy is improving. That may mean lawyers will soon be moving from their secure jobs to (possibly perceived) greener pastures. The act of leaving a law firm implicates several Rules of Professional Conduct that both law firm management and departing attorneys should be aware of. Here are three things to know about leaving a law firm.
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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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