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Trump orders Justice Department to intensify crime-fighting

February 9, 2017
 Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump signed a trio of executive actions on Wednesday directing the Department of Justice to intensify its effort to fight drug-related crime and violence against police officers.
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Indiana governor grants pardon that Pence didn't act upon

February 9, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana's new governor has pardoned a Chicago man whose request languished under then-Gov. Mike Pence despite evidence the man was wrongly convicted of armed robbery.
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Treatment center to offer substance-abuse education geared for lawyers

February 9, 2017
Dave Stafford
Recent studies showing disproportional rates of substance abuse among attorneys prompted Fairbanks Treatment Center to announce Thursday the advent of educational programs for people in the legal profession who may be at risk of alcoholism or drug addiction.
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COA overturns bestiality conviction based on confession

February 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
Although a Delaware County man admitted to sexually assaulting his roommate’s dog, the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned the man’s bestiality conviction Thursday because the prosecution failed to establish a corpus delicti.
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Prosecutor files charges against restaurant owners underreporting sales

February 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
The owners of five Mexican restaurants across Indiana who are accused of underreporting nearly $2 million in sales are now facing criminal charges in Marion Superior Court.
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Houchin to chair children’s commission in 2017

February 9, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, will chair the Commission on Improving the Status of Children this year, as the 20-member group set its first quarterly meeting for next Wednesday.
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7th Circuit affirms deferral on sentencing request

February 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana federal judge appropriately deferred judgment on a convicted child molester’s request for concurrent state and federal sentences because the state court was presented with additional facts that were relevant to sentencing, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday.
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Man gets life for fatally shooting Indiana police officer

February 9, 2017
 Associated Press
A judge sentenced a man to life in prison without parole Wednesday for fatally shooting an Indiana police officer sitting in his patrol car.
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Anthem vows to appeal ruling blocking $48B Cigna purchase

February 9, 2017
 Bloomberg News, IBJ Staff
Anthem Inc. on Thursday morning vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling that blocked its $48 billion purchase of Cigna Corp. on the grounds it would be anticompetitive.
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Judge affirms dead candidate winner in Allen County election

February 8, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
An Allen Superior judge decided Wednesday that the Republican candidate for an at-large seat on the Allen County Council who died four days before the General Election was properly left on the ballot and certified as a winner. The judge noted that Indiana Code doesn’t specifically address this unique situation.
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Man serving 2 life terms gets 50 years more in murder plot

February 8, 2017
 Associated Press
A man serving two life sentences for causing a massive Indianapolis house explosion has had 50 years added to his prison time for trying to have a witness killed.
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Justices hold mayor lacked authority to fire utilities superintendent

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Supreme Court held Wednesday that a mayor did not have statutory authority to terminate his city’s utilities superintendent, writing in an opinion that “may well offend sound public policy” that only the utilities board can terminate the superintendent with cause, notice and a hearing.
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Police: Driver in double fatal Tesla crash was intoxicated

February 8, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
The driver of a speeding Tesla electric car that crashed and burned in Indianapolis, killing her and a passenger, was too drunk to drive, according to a police report released Wednesday. The two worked at a company that provides case management software for plaintiff attorneys.
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COA affirms convictions of man involved in fatal police chase

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man’s various drug, handgun and resisting law enforcement convictions Wednesday after holding that the man was aware of the contraband in his vehicle and that his operation of the vehicle resulted in a passenger’s death.
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Tax Court to hear arguments at IU Maurer

February 8, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Tax Court is taking its oral arguments on the road and heading to Bloomington this week.
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Indiana trial court civil case records to debut online March 1

February 8, 2017
IL Staff
A number of Indiana trial court records will be made available to the public online at no cost beginning March 1 through the state’s case management system, Odyssey, according to a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday.
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Bills dealing with sex crime punishments move to full Senate

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Two bills dealing with the punishment of sex crimes are moving to the full Indiana Senate for consideration.
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All clear given after evacuation of Lake County Gov't Center

February 8, 2017
 Associated Press
The Lake County Government Center in Crown Point will resume normal operations Wednesday after being evacuated following a threat.
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Lateral hiring up

February 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The pace of attorneys jumping from one firm to another is expected to continue this year.
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Jury still out if Marion County courts will go to new jail location

February 8, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indianapolis judges will decide by May 1 if their future venue will be at new justice center a few miles outside of downtown.
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Hoosier attorneys travel to Rwanda on legal mission trip

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A group of Indianapolis attorneys, determined to provide support to their African counterparts, traveled to Rwanda in late January to get a firsthand look at what it means to be an attorney in a country filled with blatant corruption and intentional oppression.
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State immigration lawyers say clients fearful amid Trump orders

February 8, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana immigration attorneys and their clients face uncertainty after President Donald Trump issued executive orders in his first week banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, suspending refugee resettlement programs and stepping up domestic enforcement.
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COA considers new allegations in medical malpractice cases

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Can parties present evidence or theories at trial that were not presented to the medical review panel?
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After heartbreak, tech startup maintains focus on case management software

February 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Case Pacer, launched in 2013, continues to move forward and grow after the death of its founder, Kevin McCarthy and sales representative, Casey Speckman, in an car crash last year. It expects to double in size within the next year.
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Borissov: Broadband access in rural areas and mandatory e-filing

February 8, 2017
Would I welcome mandatory e-filing with such open arms if I practiced in a small town or rural area in Indiana, as many of our distinguished colleagues do, where access to broadband is limited?
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  1. Is it possible to amend an order for child support due to false paternity?

  2. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  3. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  4. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  5. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

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