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Victim’s posthumously admitted testimony supports murder conviction

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
A woman’s deposition identifying to police the man who shot her in the face was properly admitted in the suspect’s murder trial after the victim died, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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‘Dismayed’ by trial court, COA orders resentencing

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis judge who sentenced a defendant to jail without permitting him to speak on his own behalf disregarded state law and violated the defendant’s rights, a panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals held in a stern ruling.
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Sheriff’s department not liable in death of former deputy’s wife

January 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department cannot be held liable for the death of the wife of one of its former deputies who used her husband’s gun to kill herself. The Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday the deputy was acting as a husband, not a law enforcement official, during the incident.
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Indianapolis jail at Twin Aire touted as criminal justice reform

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Dozens of city, county, neighborhood and social services representatives gathered in the bracing cold Tuesday morning on the site of the decade-defunct Citizens Gas and Coke Utility plant site in the Twin Aire neighborhood just about three miles southeast of downtown Indianapolis. A new criminal justice center is proposed to rise in the 2900 block of East Prospect Avenue.
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Holcomb cautiously backs Trump immigration order

January 31, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Indiana’s governor is giving cautious support to President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting refugees and immigration into the country.
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Syrian family denied entry sues Trump administration

January 31, 2017
 Associated Press
A lawsuit has been filed against the Trump administration on behalf of a Syrian family who was denied entry into the United States at the Philadelphia airport over the weekend.
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Fueled by protest, liberals push for blockade of Trump picks

January 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
Democrats are racing to respond to the wave of liberal outrage triggered by President Donald Trump, jumping into protests, organizing rallies and vowing to block more of the new president's nominees — including, possibly, his pick for the Supreme Court.
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COA affirms revocation of good time credit

January 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man whose disciplinary actions resulted in the loss of good time credit in a county community corrections program was not entitled to have that credit restored when his probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided Monday.
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Divided COA reverses denial of proceedings supplemental

January 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A divided Indiana Court of Appeals panel has reversed a trial court’s denial of a motion for proceedings supplemental in a civil case, writing that it was incumbent upon the county clerk, not the litigant, to ensure that a criminal court knew of a lien against criminal bond proceeds.
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Report: Marion County Jail going at former Citizens Gas site

January 30, 2017
IL Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will announce a new Marion County Jail and Criminal Justice Center will be built at the near-east side site of the former Citizens Gas & Coke Utility Plant on Prospect Street, a television station reported, citing unnamed sources.
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7th Circuit strikes down portions of Indiana vaping law

January 30, 2017
Olivia Covington, IBJ Staff
A federal court has struck down portions of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, holding that the “astoundingly specific provisions” related to regulations of security, cleanliness and other physical requirements imposed on out-of-state manufacturers violates federal law and seems to imply a state attempt to create a monopoly for an Indiana security firm.
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State immigration lawyers say clients fearful amid Trump orders

January 30, 2017
Olivia Covington, Marilyn Odendahl, Dave Stafford
As the nation witnessed chaotic scenes over the weekend of immigrants detained at major American airports, Indiana immigration lawyers said President Donald Trump’s executive orders tightening immigration enforcement and banning immigrants from seven nations are dividing families and sowing fear with their clients.
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Indiana man charged in dad’s killing to use insanity defense

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
A northeast Indiana man charged with killing his father plans to use an insanity defense when he goes to trial in Auburn.
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State lawmakers discuss expanding screening for teachers

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will help strengthen Indiana’s system for running background checks for teachers.
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Man convicted in deadly blast faces murder-for-hire trial

January 30, 2017
 Associated Press
A man serving two life sentences in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion faces trial on a murder-for-hire charge.
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Anti-abortion groups hold triumphant rally after Obama years

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
The politically ascendant anti-abortion movement gathered Friday for a triumphant rally on the National Mall, rejoicing at the end of an eight-year presidency that participants said was dismissive of their views.
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Hearing officer urges reprimand for Johnson County prosecutor

January 27, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court should limit its discipline of Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper to a public reprimand, the hearing officer presiding over his case recommends.
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Legal aid filing fee bill moves to House

January 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A bill that would extend the $1 filing fee on civil cases submitted to Indiana state courts has breezed through the Senate and is now headed to the House of Representatives.
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Woman exonerated in murder loses appeal over fingerprint errors

January 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to allow a plaintiff to seek money damages against an Elkhart County detective who incorrectly identified latent fingerprints as those of a woman convicted of murder in 2002. The panel ruled that despite his training, the detective was still considered an expert on fingerprint identification.
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COA affirms drug convictions

January 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the convictions of a man convicted on a litany of drug-related charges after finding that the evidence was sufficient to support his convictions and that there were no constitutional violations or court errors that harmed his case.
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ILAS sees red ink flow into budget

January 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Even coming off a holiday fundraiser that pulled in just over $150,000, the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society is expecting the 2016 expenditures will throw its budget in the red for the first time in decades.
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Indiana pain medicine doctor faces 55 felony charges

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indiana doctor faces 55 felony charges after federal investigators say he traded pills for work on his farm among other accusations.
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Congressmen write Trump letter about East Chicago lead

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press, IL Staff
Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking for details related to cleaning up lead contamination in East Chicago.
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Delaware County approves $16K for dog to help kids in court

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
Delaware County officials have approved plans to acquire a service dog to aid young people in the juvenile court system.
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Abortion ban bill won't be heard in Indiana House committee

January 27, 2017
 Associated Press
A key Indiana House panel won’t consider a contentious attempt to ban abortions, its chairman said Thursday, meaning the measure likely is dead this session.
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  1. Living in South Bend, I travel to Michigan a lot. Virtually every gas station sells cold beer there. Many sell the hard stuff too. Doesn't seem to be a big deal there.

  2. Mr. Ricker, how foolish of you to think that by complying with the law you would be ok. Don't you know that Indiana is a state that welcomes monopolies, and that Indiana's legislature is the one entity in this state that believes monopolistic practices (such as those engaged in by Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers) make Indiana a "business-friendly" state? How can you not see this????

  3. Actually, and most strikingly, the ruling failed to address the central issue to the whole case: Namely, Black Knight/LPS, who was NEVER a party to the State court litigation, and who is under a 2013 consent judgment in Indiana (where it has stipulated to the forgery of loan documents, the ones specifically at issue in my case)never disclosed itself in State court or remediated the forged loan documents as was REQUIRED of them by the CJ. In essence, what the court is willfully ignoring, is that it is setting a precedent that the supplier of a defective product, one whom is under a consent judgment stipulating to such, and under obligation to remediate said defective product, can: 1.) Ignore the CJ 2.) Allow counsel to commit fraud on the state court 3.) Then try to hide behind Rooker Feldman doctrine as a bar to being held culpable in federal court. The problem here is the court is in direct conflict with its own ruling(s) in Johnson v. Pushpin Holdings & Iqbal- 780 F.3d 728, at 730 “What Johnson adds - what the defendants in this suit have failed to appreciate—is that federal courts retain jurisdiction to award damages for fraud that imposes extrajudicial injury. The Supreme Court drew that very line in Exxon Mobil ... Iqbal alleges that the defendants conducted a racketeering enterprise that predates the state court’s judgments ...but Exxon Mobil shows that the Rooker Feldman doctrine asks what injury the plaintiff asks the federal court to redress, not whether the injury is “intertwined” with something else …Because Iqbal seeks damages for activity that (he alleges) predates the state litigation and caused injury independently of it, the Rooker-Feldman doctrine does not block this suit. It must be reinstated.” So, as I already noted to others, I now have the chance to bring my case to SCOTUS; the ruling by Wood & Posner is flawed on numerous levels,BUT most troubling is the fact that the authors KNOW it's a flawed ruling and choose to ignore the flaws for one simple reason: The courts have decided to agree with former AG Eric Holder that national banks "Are too big to fail" and must win at any cost-even that of due process, case precedent, & the truth....Let's see if SCOTUS wants a bite at the apple.

  4. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  5. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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