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Indiana Supreme Court hears arguments in home explosion appeal

September 22, 2016
Olivia Covington
Defense counsel for Mark Leonard, the man convicted of killing two people in a 2012 home explosion, argued before the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday that Leonard’s constitutional rights to an attorney were violated when an undercover officer posed as a hitman in prison and questioned Leonard, without his attorney present, about his plan to have a key witness killed.
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Lawyers blast bias in ALJ system; urge technical adjudicators remain

September 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawyers who practice before Indiana administrative law judges painted a picture Wednesday of a rigged, onerous system that overwhelmingly favors the government when parties appeal state agency actions.
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7th Circuit affirms decision not to hold special election for judges

September 22, 2016
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court’s decision not to order a special election for Marion County Superior judges after two candidates for judge said their names were unconstitutionally kept off of the general election ballot.
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Anthem, Cigna accusing one another of merger breach, US says

September 22, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., the health insurers fighting a U.S. antitrust lawsuit, have accused one another of breaching their $48 billion merger agreement, the Justice Department said in a court filing.
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Lawmakers OK more background checks for Indiana teachers

September 21, 2016
 Associated Press
A panel of Indiana lawmakers has endorsed recommendations to strengthen the state's background checks system for educators and streamline the process for revoking a teacher's license.
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Pence confident Trump Foundation followed law

September 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Mike Pence is defending Donald Trump against new criticism of how the Republican presidential hopeful used his charitable foundation.
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Red Masses scheduled around Indiana

September 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Lawyers and judges around Indiana are preparing for Red Mass celebrations in their communities.
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US District Court seeks comments on magistrate judge’s reappointment

September 21, 2016
IL Staff
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking comments from members of the bar and the public concerning the reappointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker, whose current term of office is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2017.
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COA vacates public defender, probation fees for indigent man

September 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has vacated an order for a man convicted of public intoxication and found to be indigent to pay more than $600 in public defender and probation fees.
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COA finds that defendant did not prove counsel error

September 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals will not reverse a decision to deny a man’s petition for post-conviction relief after he was convicted of three counts of felony robbery, despite his argument that the third charge of felony robbery was added against him in an untimely manner.
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Criminal Justice Institute accepting funding applications

September 21, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is now accepting applications for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program.
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Court: Menard founder doesn't owe ex-fiancee ownership share

September 21, 2016
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
The founder of the Menards building supply chain doesn't have to give his ex-fiancee ownership interest in the company, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.
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Pence lawyer: Man seeking pardon must exhaust court remedies

September 21, 2016
 Associated Press
An Illinois man must first exhaust all his options in court before Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will consider a pardon for a robbery the man says he didn't commit, an attorney for the Republican vice presidential candidate said.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg entertains, educates Notre Dame audience

September 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about her life and career during a special appearance at Notre Dame Sept 12. During the two-hour event, Judge Ann Claire Williams of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals moderated the discussion that also included a handful of questions from students.
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‘Making a Murderer’ attorney sees reform taking root

September 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Hoosier native Jerry Buting will continue the conversation about reform at the Indiana State Bar Association's annual meeting this month.
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Putting renowned criminal defense lawyer Voyles on hot seat pays off for legal aid

September 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
Jim Voyles, the criminal defense attorney best known for representing a who’s who of famous clients thought ILAS board member and Frost Brown Todd LLC partner Tom Davis was making a sucker’s bet when he asked Voyles be the guest of honor at a fundraising roast marking ILAS’s 75th anniversary.
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Indiana Tech fails key test: 1 grad passes bar

September 21, 2016
Jennifer Nelson, Marilyn Odendahl
The state’s newest law school has been mum about the dismal results and what’s next for the school and its students.
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Lake Michigan private, public land rights clash before COA

September 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
Long Beach, Indiana, is at the center of a landmark dispute between public access and private property rights to the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan.
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Incoming ISBA president outlines plans to help legal profession adapt to changing marketplace

September 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Mitchell Heppenheimer’s agenda for his term at the helm is focusing on ways to help Hoosier lawyers be successful in the shifting landscape. In particular, he plans to launch a campaign to educate people on why they should turn to a lawyer for legal advice and that lawyers can be hired at reasonable prices.
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Tweeting reporters allowed in court?

September 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
Members of the media and judges are working together to develop standards for journalists who want to cover court proceedings to protect defendants and allow transparency.
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Notre Dame police want records secret, ESPN lawyer argues

September 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
Case pits arguments for strict statutory interpretation against a determination based on public policy.
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Indiana Kids’ Election seeks legal volunteers for schools

September 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
Through the Indiana Kids’ Election Speakers’ Bureau, hundreds of attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students from across the state have volunteered to teach elementary, middle and high school students about the election process, and there are still spots open for other interested legal professionals.
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Indiana law schools welcome Class of 2019

September 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The students in the Class of 2019 who recently began their legal studies at Indiana law schools are, for the most part, very similar to the crop that enrolled one year ago.
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Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

September 21, 2016
Sept. 22, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most tragic day in the history of the Southern District of Indiana: the murder of United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl.
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Start Page: The appeal of the newest Apple iPhone? The core

September 21, 2016
Seth Wilson
This article will provide a brief overview of the new features available on the iPhone 7 to help you determine if it’s time to upgrade.
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