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Indiana judge to serve on Guantanamo Bay detainee team

April 11, 2016
 Associated Press
A northeastern Indiana judge who's also a National Guard member will be deployed to Cuba this summer to help with the litigation team that prosecutes Guantanamo Bay detainees.
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Justices take 2 cases, deny 18

April 11, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court granted two of 20 transfer requests and decided the cases last week, but four more cases were denied with split decisions.
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Appellate pleadings, motions to be put online sometime in next 60 days

April 11, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court task force created to look into remote access and privacy of electronic records has decided appellate pleadings and motions filed by attorneys will be put online at mycase.in.gov sometime within the next 60 days
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Statehouse rally set to oppose new abortion law

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Opponents of a new Indiana abortion law will rally Saturday at the Statehouse against new restrictions they claim are unprecedented.
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How to solve the housing crisis: more lawyers

April 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The solution to a homelessness crisis that has accompanied the drop in affordable housing is to hire more lawyers: Give poor renters an attorney, and landlords will more likely settle eviction cases. Homelessness will fall, and the strain on city services will be relieved. Or so goes the logic.
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Apple's fight with US over privacy enters a new round

April 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Apple Inc.’s fight over privacy with the U.S. isn’t over yet, even after the government dropped a demand for the company’s help in accessing a California shooter’s iPhone because someone else found a way to crack it.
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Same-sex couples argue Indiana birth certificate law biased

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press
An attorney for eight married same-sex couples argued that the state of Indiana is discriminating against them by not allowing both women to be listed on their children’s birth certificates.
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Women allege gender, race discrimination at Salesforce

April 8, 2016
Jared Council, Indianapolis Business Journal
Two women employed in the Indianapolis offices of Salesforce.com Inc. have filed federal discrimination lawsuits against the cloud-software giant, claiming the company passed them over for promotions on multiple occasions because of their race and gender.
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Federal judge reaffirms ban on political ‘robocalls’ in Indiana

April 8, 2016
Dave Stafford
Just weeks ahead of Indiana’s presidential primary, a federal judge reaffirmed Indiana’s ban on automated telephone calls for political purposes.
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Judge seals records in case of 1-year-old’s murder

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge in Spencer presiding over the case of a man accused of abducting and killing a 1-year-old girl has ordered certain records sealed.
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US: Clinic discriminated against man with HIV

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department says South Bend pain management clinic will pay $20,000 to a person with HIV that it refused to treat to settle allegations of discrimination.
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Indiana trooper fired for proselytizing on duty to motorist

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana State Police fired a trooper who is facing a second lawsuit accusing him of preaching to citizens while on duty, saying Thursday he disobeyed a written order to stop the practice.
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Charges dropped in Valparaiso University hoax hostage call

April 8, 2016
 Associated Press
A prosecutor has dropped charges against a Valparaiso University student who previously was accused of calling police and saying he had taken hostages in the school library, leading to a campus lockdown.
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National medical-legal partnership conference convenes in Indianapolis

April 7, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
An estimated 400 attorneys, medical professionals and social workers from around the country have come to Indianapolis for the 2016 National Medical-Legal Partnership Summit.
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COA: Statute of limitations prevents business partner’s lawsuit

April 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment for a man who left one business partnership and started another and was later sued, ruling the statute of limitations on the disgruntled partner’s lawsuit had expired on both of his claims.
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Grassley at peace with obstructionist stance on high court pick

April 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The Iowa Republican senator who chairs the Judiciary Committee has been at the center of a storm of pressure from the White House, Democrats and grassroots activists across the country to get him to crack and allow the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland to go forward.
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Uber drivers may add $1B 'bounty' claim as trial nears

April 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Uber Technologies Inc. drivers suing to be treated like employees are trying to add $1 billion in penalties under California’s unique “bounty hunter” statute as they prepare for trial in June.
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Judge rules NCAA must go to trial in football death

April 7, 2016
 Associated Press
A Maryland judge is refusing to drop the NCAA from a wrongful death lawsuit involving a Frostburg State University football player who suffered a head injury during practice in 2011.
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Dickson saluted after final Statehouse argument

April 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
Retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson heard his final argument at the Statehouse courtroom Thursday, where his fellow justices and those arguing and attending saluted him with a standing ovation.
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COA: Agreed judgment not appealable

April 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said an agreed judgment is not appealable and reversed a Marion Superior Court decision that ruled in favor of a woman who prolonged judgment in the court so she wouldn’t have to pay $850 in medical bills and fees.
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7th Circuit: No discrimination in firing

April 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a woman did not suffer discrimination and the company did not retaliate against her for filing a workers’ compensation claim after she was fired for extending her medical leave.
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Maurer to give commencement address at IU

April 7, 2016
Indianapolis Business Journal
Well-known Indianapolis businessman Michael S. "Mickey" Maurer has been selected to give this year’s address at Indiana University’s graduate commencement ceremony on May 6, the school announced Tuesday.
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Planned Parenthood files suit challenging new Indiana abortion law

April 7, 2016
Scott Roberts
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky challenging the recently enacted legislation that does not allow women to get abortions if the fetus may have a disability or potential diagnosis of a disability.
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COA: Man can keep $25,000 deposit

April 6, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man can keep the $25,000 deposit paid to him after a real estate sale did not through, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The contract the parties entered into was enforceable and did not specify financing as part of the sale.
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COA: Woman’s motion in divorce case can stand

April 6, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a woman seek to modify a divorce agreement after she found her husband hid more than $1 million in undisclosed assets five years later.
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  1. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  2. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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