Year in Review: Baer death penalty reversal most-read IL story of 2019

Convicted killer Fredrick Baer no longer faces execution for a 2004 double-murder. (IL file photo)

A federal appeals court’s reversal of Madison County killer Fredrick Baer’s death sentence was the most-read story on the Indiana Lawyer’s digital edition, www.theindianalawyer.com. Continuing coverage of the May 1 judges’ shooting in Indianapolis, and our annual list of new laws passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year also were among the web pages most read by IL Daily readers.

Indiana Lawyer readers clicked on stories on our site more than 2.6 million times between Jan. 1 and Dec. 10, 2019, according to Google Analytics. Here are the 50 most-viewed story headlines during that time.

1 7th Circuit reverses death sentence for murderer Baer (Jan. 11)

2 Clark Co. judges hospitalized after overnight shooting; local courts closed Wednesday (May 1)

3 New laws for 2019 (June 25)

4 Lawyer who owns town of Story lists it for $3.8 million (April 8)

5 Clark County Judge Adams indicted as result of May 1 shooting (June 28)

6 Web Exclusive: Johnson County prosecutor still on job despite felony guilty pleas (June 11)

7 DCS announces new foster care reimbursement rates (Aug. 19)

8 2 Indiana law schools slump, 1 climbs in 2020 U.S. News rankings (March 12)

9 Judges’ shooting suspects to go free after prosecutor declines to file charges (May 10)

10 In 9-0 ruling, SCOTUS rejects Indiana excessive civil forfeiture (Feb. 20)

11 Indy attorney who told court ‘someone is going to die’ suspended (Jan. 14)

12 Judge sanctions lawyer, ex-DOC nurse in inmate abuse case (March 6)

13 Prosecutor faces discipline for allegedly undisclosed testimony deal (Oct. 29)

14 Hamilton County magistrate judge suspended after arrest in meth sting (March 26)

15 Bingham joining Dentons, bringing biggest global firm to Indiana (Oct. 7)

16 Despite ‘not good law’ dissent, COA affirms ruling against fired worker (April 11)

17 Brady confirmed to Northern Indiana District Court (April 10)

18 Hendricks Judge Freese faces discipline charges (Jan. 30)

19 Marijuana legalization elsewhere leaves Hoosier employers dazed (March 19)

20 Lawyer who told disciplinary commission ‘I politely dare you’ faces complaint (Aug. 7)

21 Ex-DOC nurse faces sanctions for allegedly false affidavits (Jan. 8)

22 3 judges face discipline in Indianapolis shooting (Oct. 16)

23 South Bend attorney wanted for mail fraud arrested in Florida (Jan. 17)

24 Named partner files to dissolve divorce firm Hollingsworth & Zivitz (May 6)

25 Three judges involved in Indianapolis shooting now face discipline (Oct. 11)

26 Lawyer: Judges’ shooting case rife with ‘speculation and conjecture’ (May 31)

27 Split 7th Circuit slams Indiana attorneys in grant of habeas petition (March 1)

28 Suit seeks to require counsel for kids in CHINS cases (Feb. 6)

29 Dow Agro lawsuit accuses employees of stealing secrets before quitting (Nov. 11)

30 Hill, Disciplinary Commission spar over hearing officer appointment (March 22)

31 Title IX investigation ends with IU Maurer professor’s departure (May 15)

32 Hendricks Judge Freese suspended 45 days over friend’s estate theft (June 4)

33 Longtime Warsaw attorney resigns amid misconduct allegations (Feb. 15)

34 Details about judges shooting begin to emerge (July 9)

35 Bose attorney to challenge Hill for Republican AG nomination (June 25)

36 Prosecutor Cooper facing 540 days of probation for guilty pleas (April 16)

37 Taco food truck explosion not foreseeable, divided COA says (Feb. 8)

38 7th Circuit affirms $15M med-mal judgment over missed tumor (Feb. 27)

39 February bar passage rate falls below 50 percent (April 8)

40 7th Circuit reinstates student case against Purdue in sexual assault case (July 1)

41 Hill accusers ‘pleased’ Disciplinary Commission reviewing alleged sexual misconduct (March 19)

42 Lawyer discipline hearing in Park Tudor case could be closed (May 8)

43 Fathers perceive family court bias; bill seeks presumption of equal parenting time (Jan. 8)

44 DCS lawsuit details harm to children (June 25)

45 Indiana fetal disposition law upheld by U.S. Supreme Court (May 28)

46 Lawyer suspended for hiring killer in ‘woefully inadequate’ defense (Sept. 10)

47 Wabash Superior judge appointed in 2017 dies at 42 (March 7)

48 Attorney-photographer seeks more than $38K in fees after winning copyright suit (July 9)

49 Many law firm merger calls, little interest (April 2)

50 Law exempting Bloomington, W. Lafayette from rental fee cap struck down (March 15) •

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