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State fighting birth certificate ruling

August 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Married same-sex female couples who challenged Indiana’s refusal to recognize the non-birth mothers on their children’s birth certificates reiterate that they want to be treated in the same manner as heterosexual couples – no more, no less. The state, which intends to appeal a ruling finding Indiana's paternity statutes to be unconstitutional, is first asking the judge to take another look at her ruling.
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Court grants habeas writ in case involving repealed drug statute

August 15, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A man convicted of Class A felony possession of three grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a “youth program center” in March 2008 will either be released from prison or resentenced after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals granted his habeas corpus petition.
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COA affirms woman in same-sex relationship legal parent of child

August 15, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a trial court’s conclusion that a lesbian couple who entered into a registered domestic partnership in California should be treated like married spouses. As such, the judges affirmed the award of joint legal custody and parenting time to the non-biological parent after the couple broke up.
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Prosecutors appeal 14-month sentence for ex-Indiana deputy

August 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court to order a stiffer sentence for a former central Indiana sheriff's deputy convicted of civil rights violations.
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IU McKinney launching Child Advocacy Law Clinic

August 15, 2016
IL Staff
Students at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will have the opportunity to work with Marion County’s Child Advocates starting this fall when the new Child Advocacy Law Clinic opens.
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Complaints to Indiana board prompted school corp FBI probe

August 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Complaints to an Indiana state agency prompted a federal investigation of Vigo County School Corp.'s "contracting procedures."
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Kentucky lawmakers allow pricey probe of gov's rival to move forward

August 15, 2016
 Associated Press
A $500,000 contract awarded by Kentucky's Republican governor to Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis investigate his Democratic predecessor has survived a challenge in a state legislative committee.
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Sides in Russell estate case seeking settlement

August 15, 2016
Jared Council, IBJ Staff
Attorneys in the estate case of deceased Celadon Group Inc. co-founder Steve Russell say they're hashing out a settlement, a move that would cease the high-profile wrangling over his $31 million estate and curtail estate losses from legal fees.
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Man loses challenge to robbery being a violent felony under ACCA

August 15, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A man serving 15 years for drug and gun charges thanks to three prior convictions of robbery in Indiana could not convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that robbery under Indiana law involving only the fear element isn’t a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act.
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Emails heat up lawsuit over sale of Pacers stake

August 15, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Attorneys for the IRS have gotten their hands on an email that appears to buttress their case that Herb Simon received a sweetheart deal when he acquired his ailing brother Mel’s 50 percent ownership in the Indiana Pacers in early 2009, just a few months before Mel died at age 82.
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Sandusky denies at appeals hearing that he molested boys

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
Jerry Sandusky took the stand Friday to forcefully deny the child molestation charges he was convicted of four years ago and said it wasn't his idea to waive his right to testify during his 2012 trial.
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Indiana man pleads guilty in deadly house explosion

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
One of five people charged in a deadly house explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood pleaded guilty Friday to a conspiracy charge after agreeing to a deal with prosecutors.
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DOJ willing to consider settlement in Anthem, Cigna merger

August 12, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A Justice Department lawyer on Friday told the judge in the antitrust case over Anthem Inc.’s $48 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. that the government was willing to hear settlement offers from the companies.
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ABA calls for including implicit bias in jury instructions

August 12, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Over opposition from some attorneys including one from Indiana, the American Bar Association has adopted a resolution that calls for judges to instruct jurors on implicit bias.
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First Coalition for Court Access meeting Wednesday

August 12, 2016
IL Staff
The Coalition for Court Access, created in May to coordinate Indiana Supreme Court programs that involve civil legal aid, will have its inaugural meeting Wednesday.
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7th Circuit: Defendants didn’t prove dismissal for forum non conveniens

August 12, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered an Indianapolis federal court to take another look at a case involving a Canadian resident who sued moving companies for destroying his property he attempted to move from India to St. John’s, Canada.
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Trial delayed for southern Indiana man accused of killing woman

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
The trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating some of her internal organs has been pushed back to June 2017.
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Parole denied for Hollandsburg slayings convict Smith

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Parole Board has denied an early release to one of the four men sentenced to four life sentences for a 1977 western Indiana home invasion that left three teenage brothers and their stepbrother dead.
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Ex-deputy gets home detention for stealing ammunition

August 12, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has sentenced a retired Delaware County sheriff's deputy to six months home detention after he pleaded guilty to selling more than $8,000 in county-owned ammunition.
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Rush: Chemistry among justices to remain intact with Slaughter

August 11, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The necessary team chemistry required for the Indiana Supreme Court to function properly appears to remain intact with the appointment of Geoffrey Slaughter to the bench, Chief Justice Loretta Rush said Thursday during his investiture ceremony.
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Judge delays trial on HIV charges over delayed discovery

August 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A man in western Indiana accused of intentionally spreading HIV for more than a decade was ordered released Thursday, and a judge also delayed his trial until February because some documents and witnesses were not shared with the defense sooner.
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Legislative panel on judiciary to discuss LGBT civil rights

August 11, 2016
Dave Stafford
"Civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation” is the lone subject on the agenda for the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary’s initial meeting on Aug. 30.
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Inmate suit alleging no water for 10 days proceeds

August 11, 2016
Dave Stafford
An inmate who claims corrections officers at Westville Control Unit refused to provide him water for 10 days in December 2015 may proceed with his suit against them alleging cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled.
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ABA approves paid externships for law students

August 11, 2016
IL Staff
Law students will be able to earn money while earning class credit as part of a change to the legal education standards approved by the American Bar Association during its annual meeting this week.
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Couple sues, claims neighborhood unsafe with Pokemon gamers

August 11, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Wahby Park in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, used to be a quiet spot for a dozen or so residents to go for a stroll around sunset. Then came hundreds of smartphone-wielding, garden-stomping Pokemon players.
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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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