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Man ruled competent to stand trial in officer's slaying

February 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A man accused in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis police officer has been found competent to understand the charges against him.
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Man’s forgery convictions for bogus check affirmed

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man who tried to pass a bogus check for $2,248.33 at two Marion grocery stores failed to persuade an appellate panel to reverse his convictions because of insufficient evidence. He argued in part his conviction shouldn’t stand because the stores had no video cameras.
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Despite inadmissible testimony, molestation conviction affirmed

February 22, 2017
A trial court erred in allowing evidence of a defendant’s alleged prior bad acts at his child molestation jury trial, but based on other corroborating evidence, the admission was harmless, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Divided full 7th Circuit allows inmate death case to go to trial

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman whose son was found dead in an Indiana Department of Correction facility can now take her case to trial after a divided en banc 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in favor of the health care providers who treated her chronically ill son.
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Defendant’s testimony makes admission error harmless

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Although unauthenticated videos and photos showing a defendant appearing to make methamphetamine should not have been admitted at trial under the silent-witness theory, the Indiana Court of Appeals found the error was harmless because of the defendant’s own testimony.
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Robing ceremony planned for former senator elected to St. Joseph bench

February 22, 2017
IL Staff
A former Indiana senator who was recently elected to St. Joseph Circuit Court will be honored this week.
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Forums scheduled to discuss race and gender

February 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court’s Race & Gender Fairness Commission is inviting the public to participate in a series of discussions about the status of race and gender in the judicial system.
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Task force recommends changes to Indiana Bar Exam and grading system

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
After more than a year of study, a task force convened by the bar associations in Indianapolis has concluded part of the Indiana Bar Exam tests on “fake laws” and the revised grading system may be forcing the Board of Law Examiners to fail more students.
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For some firms, splitting office space and expenses is best practice

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
For many firms, splitting office space and sharing resources is a strategy that makes good business sense. But such arrangements aren’t without challenges.
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Merit selection for Marion County a path back to court?

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
As the General Assembly weighs a new means of choosing Marion County judges, critics of the proposed merit-selection system say its enactment will almost guarantee another court fight.
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No slowdown in expungements

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The number of petitions filed around the state remains high, but clerks and attorneys say they have adjusted to the workload.
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Legal aid agencies jointly seek $210,000 expungement grant

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
In what is believed to be a first, Indiana Legal Services Inc., Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic are hoping to collaborate on a single project that they say will help people overcome hurdles to employment and give communities an economic boost.
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ABA watches law schools’ attrition, bar pass rates

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
At the mid-year meeting of the American Bar Association held in early February, legal education was in the spotlight or, some might say, the hot seat.
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Hispanic lawyers’ past experiences draw them to immigration law

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
Representing individual immigration litigants makes sense for many Hispanic attorneys because they have seen members of their own families move through the process of becoming either a legal citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
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Lawmakers consider attorney anti-indemnification bill

February 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to prohibit attorneys from indemnifying themselves from legal malpractice claims is up for consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives, but some malpractice attorneys say the measure may not be necessary in light of existing rules of conduct.
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Reuhs: Insurance coverage for the internet of things

February 22, 2017
The “internet of things” appears to represent the next wave of new liabilities: cars being remotely controlled by hackers or medical devices being used as access points for theft of medical records.
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WKW: Automobile insurance coverage without entering your car

February 22, 2017
One of the lesser known benefits of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is that it does not require insureds to be inside an automobile. This is because most policies frame the coverage as applying when the insured is legally entitled to recover from an uninsured or underinsured motorist because of an accident, but they do not specify where the insured has to be when the accident occurs.
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Eye on the Profession: Dr. King’s timeless words from 50 years ago still ring true

February 22, 2017
John Trimble
Is our legal profession confronted with “fierce urgency?” I submit that we are.
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Neutral Corner: Experts advise to ‘think slow’ when handling mediations

February 22, 2017
John Van Winkle
The tendency for decision-makers to respond first with an intuitive (and often wrong) response has significant implications for both mediators and advocates.
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Supreme Court to hear HHGregg, managers’ incentive fight

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear a case Feb. 23 in which a trial court and the Indiana Court of Appeals reached opposite conclusions about whether key HHGregg managers were entitled to incentive bonuses triggered by the company’s receipt of $40 million from an executive’s life insurance proceeds.
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Hammerle’s 2016 Oscar predictions

February 22, 2017
Robert Hammerle
Once again, the Oscars are upon us, and it’s time that I stare into my admitted fuzzy crystal ball. I wouldn’t go to Vegas and bet on my predictions, but I’m not afraid to be wrong.
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Justices reject appeal of tea party groups over IRS review

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a nonprofit group that wanted to sue individual IRS officials for targeting tea party groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
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Deadline approaches to apply for Indiana Supreme Court

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The deadline for attorneys to apply to become an Indiana Supreme Court justice is noon on March 3.
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COA reverses drug convictions for lack of police inventory regulation

February 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals vacated a Putnam County man’s drug conviction Tuesday after finding that police officers were not following proper protocol when they searched the man’s vehicle.
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Supreme Court reprimands senior judge convicted of OWI

February 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has issued a public reprimand against a senior judge convicted of driving while intoxicated.
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  1. Is it possible to amend an order for child support due to false paternity?

  2. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  3. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  4. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  5. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

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