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Fort Wayne hospital loses Medicaid payment appeal

July 14, 2015
Dave Stafford
Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne was not wrongly denied $27 million in Medicaid payments it sought from the state when it failed to properly and timely document the claims, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday.
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Incomplete continuity slip gets conviction vacated

July 13, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A Fort Wayne man’s argument that his defense strategy was upended when the government waited until mid-trial to produce a complete chain of custody document convinced the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction
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Retired ILS director says ‘small acts made a monumental contribution’

July 13, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Colleagues, former colleagues, clients, family and friends gathered July 11 to thank longtime Indiana Legal Services executive director Norman Metzger for his work in making sure disadvantaged and indigent Hoosiers did not fight alone.
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Jury hears closing statements on man accused in home blast

July 13, 2015
 Associated Press
Jurors have heard closing statements from the state and defense in the trial of a man accused of planning a 2012 home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision and killed a neighboring couple.
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COA affirms judgment against Hammond in towns’ sewer suit

July 13, 2015
Dave Stafford
Hammond’s sanitary district had no statutory authority to cancel wastewater treatment contracts with the neighboring Lake County towns of Griffith, Highland and Whiting, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday, affirming the trial court in a split opinion.
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Court to abusive litigant: Pay filing fees or you’re done

July 13, 2015
Dave Stafford
A Washington, D.C., man who has scribbled illegible, abusive lawsuits against presidents, Congress, celebrities and many others in federal courts around the country – sometimes seeking trillions of dollars – can’t do that anymore in the Southern District of Indiana without first paying filing fees, a judge has ruled.
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US personnel chief resigns in wake of massive data breach

July 10, 2015
 Associated Press
The head of the U.S. government's personnel office resigned abruptly on Friday, bowing to pressure for her to step down following a massive government data breach on her watch.
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Defense calls 1 witness in Indianapolis home explosion trial

July 10, 2015
 Associated Press
More than 160 witnesses testified for the prosecution in the month-long trial of a man accused of planning a home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision in 2012, killing two neighbors.
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Appeals panel hears arguments on Obama immigration action

July 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court in New Orleans was set to hear arguments Friday over President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation as many as 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
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Lawyer suspended for distributing pseudoephedrine

July 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
A South Bend attorney who pleaded guilty to federal charges that she supplied a key ingredient to members of a meth ring has been suspended from the practice of law for three years.
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Searches without suspicion are not unconstitutional, COA affirms

July 10, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A one-month-old decision by the Indiana Supreme Court upended a probationer’s argument that the search of his nightstand was unconstitutional.
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IU Maurer announces locked-in tuition for entering classes

July 10, 2015
IL Staff
Indiana University Maurer School of Law has announced tuition for the incoming class won’t increase during students’ three years of study in Bloomington.
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7th Circuit reversal: Kansas FedEx drivers employees, not contractors

July 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
Kansas FedEx truck drivers are company employees and not independent contractors, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, reversing a key ruling in continuing multi-district litigation.
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Tardy defendant gets a do-over from the COA

July 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A homeowner who arrived at the courthouse nine minutes after a judgment was entered against him will still get to have his day in court.
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Judge gives 35-year term in South Bend toddler's killing

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana judge has sentenced a 20-year-old man to 35 years in prison in the 2014 shooting death of a South Bend toddler.
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Indiana woman charged in business thefts, fraud scheme

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis woman faces forgery, counterfeiting and other charges for allegedly defrauding more than 20 central Indiana residents through a theft scheme.
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Judge orders Homeland Security chief, others to court

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge in Texas has threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court for not fixing problems that led to work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after the judge had put the plan on hold.
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New security measures in full swing at Clarksville Town Hall

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
Since June 1, a metal detector has been stationed at the Clarksville Town Hall's main entrance on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in front of the doors to Town Court on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The detectors also are used to scan people entering Town Council meetings.
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Pot-smoking Indianapolis church sues over marijuana laws

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.
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Ohio judge wants to know if he can refuse gay weddings

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
A judge who refused to marry a same-sex couple said on Wednesday that he wants to know if he can skip out of performing gay weddings altogether.
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US to make marriage benefits available to gay couples

July 9, 2015
 Associated Press
Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the government will make federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples following a Supreme Court of the United States decision last month that legalized same-sex marriage.
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COA finds lease payments are part of Trust

July 8, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Siblings trading motions over their deceased father’s estate got multiple denials from the trial court.
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COA: Declaratory judgment wrongly denied in malpractice case

July 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
A trial court wrongly denied a plaintiff’s motion for a declaratory judgment arising from an inability to select a panelist to review a malpractice dispute on behalf of a woman who died after a stroke.
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ATF agent found no bomb evidence at house explosion

July 8, 2015
 Associated Press
An agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told jurors he found no evidence of a destructive device or bomb at a 2012 explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood, killing two.
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Lilly, partner sue Lupin over generic testosterone

July 8, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Acrux DDS Pty Ltd. have filed a lawsuit against Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. for alleged infringement of patents that cover the testosterone treatment Axiron.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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