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Senate Republicans chief of staff, legal counseling leaving for law firm

April 26, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Senate Majority Caucus Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel Jeff Papa is leaving his legislative work to take a position with Barnes & Thornburg LLP later this summer, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday.
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COA reverses dissolution decree imputing potential income to mother

April 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the terms of a marriage dissolution decree, finding the trial court erred in imputing potential income to the mother based on the fact that she should now be able to work full-time because her children are older.
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Indiana Supreme Court denies death penalty statute appeal

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has turned down the request of a Gary man accused of slaying seven women to look at the constitutionality of the state's death penalty statute before he goes to trial.
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Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

April 26, 2017
 Associated Press
For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.
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Lawmakers' push to avoid social issues draws ire from some

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A push from GOP leaders in the Indiana Legislature to set aside divisive social issues this session has frustrated some social conservative groups who suggest Republican lawmakers ignored what their constituents care about.
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Indiana governor says he will sign several contested bills

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
Statehouse employees will be able to carry guns at the Statehouse, people with epilepsy will be able to use marijuana-derived oil as medicine and parents will see a modest increase in abortion notification rights when it comes to their minor children, under measures Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday said he will sign into law.
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7th Circuit Chief Judge Wood advocates civic involvement

April 25, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Speaking at Wabash College Monday afternoon, Chief Judge Diane Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals outlined the history of civic engagement in the United States and encouraged the students to become involved.
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Suit takes aim at Indiana religious-affiliated charter schools

April 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Monroe County nonprofit organization has sued the state and a charter school, seeking to block its funding because the group argues that taking tax dollars from public schools for the benefit of private religious institutions violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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Clarksville man gets 35 years in abuse death of 3-year-old

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press
A southern Indiana man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty in the child abuse death of his former girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
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Attorney to step down as radio talk-show host after 20 years

April 25, 2017
IBJ Staff
Conservative radio-show host and attorney Greg Garrison plans to retire in June after a 20-year run on Indianapolis station WIBC-FM 93.1, he announced Monday on the air.
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Holcomb vetoes public records search-fee bill

April 25, 2017
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb used the first stroke of his veto pen Monday afternoon on a bill that would have allowed state and local government agencies to charge a fee to citizens for public records requests that required more than two hours of work.
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Divided justices: Statute provides immunity to firearms sellers

April 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
Holding that state statute immunizes firearms sellers from damages claims brought after a third party misuses a gun purchased from their stores, a divided Indiana Supreme Court has dismissed a series of damages claims against an Indianapolis gun store. The justices did allow a claim for equitable relief to continue.
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ILS marks 50 years, commits to another 50

April 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Saturday night’s gala marking the 50th anniversary of Indiana Legal Services had the feel of a family reunion.
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Supreme Court suspends attorneys for failure to pay Disciplinary Commission

April 24, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court handed down three attorney suspensions last week, including two against attorneys who have failed to reimburse the court’s Disciplinary Commission for the costs of prosecuting them.
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Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation's highest courts.
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Gorsuch faced early test in court's life-and-death power

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
Just 11 days on the job, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had an early taste of the weighty power that sometimes comes to a member of the nation's highest court.
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Legislature passes vaping overhaul that removes controversial security firm scheme

April 24, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
The Indiana General Assembly — on the last day of the session — put its final stamp of approval on a proposal to overhaul the rules for Indiana’s vaping industry after two years of controversial actions.
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Supreme Court turns away GM appeal over ignition switches

April 24, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.
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Indy judges to have closed-door interviews before retention nod

April 24, 2017
Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges would appear behind closed doors before a committee comprised mainly of political appointees who would recommend whether jurists should or should not be retained in office, according to a bill that passed the General Assembly.
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Sullivan to receive professionalism award for 7th Circuit

April 24, 2017
IL Staff
Former Indiana Supreme Court justice and current Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Frank E. Sullivan Jr. will receive the prestigious 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the 7th Circuit.
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Justices affirm denial of PCR to man whose attorney called him a ‘Negro’

April 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed the denial of post-conviction relief to a man who said his attorney prejudiced him by referring to him as a “Negro” during the selection of jurors, but noted that the Court of Appeals misstated the legal standard of prejudice it applied when making its decision.
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Indiana Lawyer wins 2 journalism awards

April 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Lawyer took home two Society of Professional Journalists Indiana Professional Chapter awards Friday.
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Wabash College to honor 7th Circuit chief judge

April 24, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will be honored Monday by Wabash College as the 2017 recipient of the David W. Peck Senior Medal for Eminence in the Law. She is the second woman to receive the award since it was first given in 1974.
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Justice Dept. threatens sanctuary cities in immigration fight

April 21, 2017
 Associated Press
The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, sending letters Friday to nine jurisdictions warning it would withhold coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.
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COA hears malpractice case involving former Conour associate

April 21, 2017
Olivia Covington
Roughly five years after former Indianapolis personal injury attorney William Conour was charged in a federal wire fraud case, the Indiana Court of Appeals heard a legal malpractice action involving one of his ex-colleagues for alleged malpractice. One of Conour's victims claims the attorney's actions kept her in the dark about theft of her settlement money.
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