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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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Indiana law applies to truck fatality, COA rules

July 8, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A family’s attempt to apply Illinois law in an Indiana traffic fatality failed to overcome state court precedent, which has established that laws of the state where an accident happened govern the conduct of the parties.
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Lender in foreclosure gets tax refund, COA rules in reversal

July 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
A $307,193 property tax refund received by owners of industrial property in Marion County was wrongly awarded to borrowers who had defaulted on a mortgage on the property, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Adoption reversed: Putative father wrongly denied genetic testing

July 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
A child born to a married couple who placed the newborn for adoption may have had a different father, and a trial court erred in denying his requests for genetic testing that could have given him standing to contest the adoption, the Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Court rules litigants are responsible for lawyers ‘asleep on the job’

July 8, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Although the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed the party of investors did have a “poor lawyer,” the panel declined to overturn the nearly $450,000 judgment against them, saying “legal bungling … does not justify reopening a judgment.”
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Ex-cop snared in drug, conspiracy sting loses appeal

July 8, 2015
Dave Stafford
A former Indiana police officer sentenced to 40 years in prison after he transferred guns and agreed to protect a cocaine shipment in a sting operation lost his federal court appeal.
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Supreme Court appoints Valpo law professor to rules committee

July 8, 2015
IL Staff
Valparaiso University School of Law professor Del Wright Jr. has been appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.
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Agents testify insurance was increased before home explosion

July 7, 2015
 Associated Press
Insurance agents say the girlfriend of a man accused of blowing up an Indianapolis house nearly doubled the coverage for the contents of her home 11 months before the explosion that killed two neighbors.
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Who gets the notes? The ABA sides with firms

July 7, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Clients may come and clients may go, but until now it hasn't been entirely clear who gets the documents, as well as the notes and drafts, when a client decides to change attorneys.
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GPS search after fatal crash unconstitutional, COA holds

July 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
The warrantless search of a driver's global positioning system after a crash in which a passenger died was unconstitutional, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday.
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Teens sentence their peers in Tippecanoe County program

July 7, 2015
 Associated Press
A special Tippecanoe County Courthouse program has jurors, lawyers and defendants, but they're all younger than 18.
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COA affirms habitual offender enhancement

July 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
A habitual offender failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that an amended statute, which took effect July 1, 2014, should have been applied to enhance his dealing cocaine conviction.
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Law firm mergers and acquisitions hit record in first half of 2015

July 6, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In another active year of law firm mergers and acquisitions, Indiana attorneys’ offices are, so far, remaining on the sidelines.
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Law sending low-level offenders to counties raises questions

July 6, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana counties are expecting to see increases in their inmate populations under a new law that will send low-level offenders to county jails, work release or home detention instead of to prison, the South Bend Tribune reported Sunday.
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Indiana Supreme Court weighs case on custody, mental illness

July 6, 2015
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court is weighing an emotionally charged case in which a man lost custody of his daughter after spurning child-welfare officials’ suggestions that he leave his mentally ill wife based on their fears that she might harm the girl.
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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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