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Defense calls 1 witness in Indianapolis home explosion trial

July 10, 2015
 Associated Press
More than 160 witnesses testified for the prosecution in the month-long trial of a man accused of planning a home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision in 2012, killing two neighbors.
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Appeals panel hears arguments on Obama immigration action

July 10, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal appeals court in New Orleans was set to hear arguments Friday over President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation as many as 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
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Lawyer suspended for distributing pseudoephedrine

July 10, 2015
Dave Stafford
A South Bend attorney who pleaded guilty to federal charges that she supplied a key ingredient to members of a meth ring has been suspended from the practice of law for three years.
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Searches without suspicion are not unconstitutional, COA affirms

July 10, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A one-month-old decision by the Indiana Supreme Court upended a probationer’s argument that the search of his nightstand was unconstitutional.
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IU Maurer announces locked-in tuition for entering classes

July 10, 2015
IL Staff
Indiana University Maurer School of Law has announced tuition for the incoming class won’t increase during students’ three years of study in Bloomington.
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7th Circuit reversal: Kansas FedEx drivers employees, not contractors

July 9, 2015
Dave Stafford
Kansas FedEx truck drivers are company employees and not independent contractors, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, reversing a key ruling in continuing multi-district litigation.
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Tardy defendant gets a do-over from the COA

July 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A homeowner who arrived at the courthouse nine minutes after a judgment was entered against him will still get to have his day in court.
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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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  5. 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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