In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JAN. 5-18, 2011

The Indiana Court of Appeals now has its first female chief judge. Read about the issue before the Indiana Supreme Court regarding the victim-advocate privilege. For the first time in more than five decades, a member of the Baker family won't be on the Indiana Judges Association's board of managers.

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End of a family legacy

For the first time since the mid 1950s, the Indiana Judges Association won’t have anyone in the Baker family sitting on the board of managers and being as intimately involved in the group’s activities as they have been for two-thirds of the group’s existence.

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FBI shares hate crime statistics

In late September 2010, as part of the FBI Citizen’s Academy in Indianapolis, agents passed around photos from a cross burning that took place four years earlier in Muncie.

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Indiana Family courts receive more than $200,000

As the family court project of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration enters a new year, courts that participate in the program have learned they will continue to operate with about the same amount of funding they have had in recent years.

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Justices order refunds in estate planning UPL case

The Indiana Supreme Court is shaking its proverbial finger at a company it found had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, making it clear that the court’s orders must be followed or non-compliant litigants will be sanctioned.

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Justices sharply split on insanity defense case

Faults in the state’s mental health system can’t be used to justify an insanity defense being rejected in favor of a different sentence that will keep a person locked up, an Indiana Supreme Court majority ruled.

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Climate litigation focus of lecture

Civil Litigation as a Tool for Regulating Climate Change will be the topic of the 25th Annual Monsanto Lecture on Tort Law & Jurisprudence at Valparaiso University School of Law on Feb. 18.

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Bankruptcy delays collection effort

Former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick has filed for bankruptcy, putting on hold the state’s attempt to seize his property to help pay off the $108 million he owes from a civil racketeering default judgment against him.

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Tax judge denies state’s motion to dismiss

The Indiana Tax Court has denied the state’s motion to dismiss a mother and daughter’s challenge to the jeopardy tax assessments made against them after the state found they didn’t pay taxes on their sales of puppies.

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Justice wants attorney suspended longer

The Indiana Supreme Court couldn’t agree on the appropriate sanction for an attorney who engaged in an improper ex parte communication with a judge, leaving one judge to argue for at least a 90-day suspension.

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Governor names two new trial judges

Gov. Mitch Daniels has chosen two new judges for the state’s trial bench roster, one of those to succeed the jurist elevated earlier this year to the Indiana Supreme Court.

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IBA: Wentworth Named Indiana Tax Court Judge

Governor Mitch Daniels has selected Indianapolis Bar Association member Martha B. Wentworth as the next Indiana Tax Court judge. Wentworth replaces Judge Thomas G. Fisher, who retired from the court on January 1.

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IBA: Court employee honored

Chief Justice Shepard presented the Distinguished Hoosier Award on behalf of Governor Mitch Daniels to Judy Glaze, a thirty-plus year court employee in Criminal Court 4 and Civil Court 13.

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