For his work in founding and developing C-SPAN, the cable network that gives Americans a front row seat to their government, Indiana native and Purdue University alumnus Brian Lamb was honored Monday by the Benjamin Harrison President Site with the 2019 Advancing American Democracy Award.
Honoring the honorable: Marshall added, Dred Scott author removed from Southern District mural
Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, arguably best known for authoring the notorious 1857 majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford, used to be featured in an Indiana Southern District Court mural. But his name was recently replaced with “Marshall,” representing longest-serving Chief Justice John Marshall and Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, the court’s first African-American justice.
An Indiana prison inmate’s lawsuit alleging corrections officers attacked him and then marched him naked down the range at Indiana State Prison to humiliate him may proceed in large part, a federal judge has ruled.
Despite a Supreme Court ruling making mandatory union fees for non-member public employees illegal, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to award a fee refund to the named plaintiff in a landmark labor law case.
A former guidance counselor at an Indianapolis Catholic high school who was fired for being in a same-sex marriage is suing the school and the archdiocese — the second such lawsuit filed by an employee who was fired for the same reason.
A former high school assistant principal who alleged she was coerced to quit for disagreeing with the school superintendent about a student discipline issue was not denied protected speech or due process, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
Nearly five years after Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law, a lawsuit alleging subsequent amendments to the act infringe on religious rights went before a Hamilton County judge Thursday.
Conservative religious groups are arguing their constitutional rights were violated by limits that were placed on Indiana’s contentious religious objections law signed in 2015 by then-Gov. Mike Pence.
For their joint efforts in serving the rule of law in Indiana and helping judicial families across the country, retired Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson and his wife Jan were honored by the Saint Thomas More Society of Central Indiana with the Couple of All Seasons Award.
A southern Indiana woman accusing her local government of endorsing Christianity has cleared the first hurdle of a motion to dismiss her claim that a nativity scene placed on the Jackson County Courthouse’s front lawn violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a statement in court Friday saying the Archdiocese of Indianapolis was within its rights when it fired a Cathedral High School teacher in a same-sex marriage. The Justice Department’s so-called “statement of interest” said the First Amendment prevents courts from impairing the constitutional rights of religious institutions.
A central Indiana school bus driver is suing the district that employs him, alleging his First Amendment rights were violated when he was suspended after speaking out against proposed changes that would have forced some children to travel further to attend school. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the federal lawsuit last month on behalf of Madison-Grant United School Corp. bus driver James “Randy” Sizelove.
A Pittsboro law enforcement officer who won a $15,000 damages award on a claim that police officials were illegally recording his conversations has also been awarded more than $70,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
When an Indiana Court of Appeals judge recently veered away from his colleagues’ conclusion that a grieving mother’s statements in a social media post could be constitutionally restricted and prosecuted, he went even further, calling Indiana’s harassment statute unconstitutionally overbroad. Many First Amendment attorneys agree.
An Indianapolis resident who wanted to add his name to the November mayoral ballot cannot do so now that a federal judge has upheld a finding by the Marion County Election Board that the would-be candidate failed to acquire enough legitimate voter signatures. However, the court also raised concerns about language on a candidate form that could make it “more difficult for voters to support independent candidates,” yet found the language was not enough of a burden to overrule the board’s decision.
A mother who made threatening social media posts toward a police officer after her son’s death has lost an appeal of her harassment conviction. The Indiana Court of Appeals divided on the sufficiency of evidence supporting her conviction, while a dissenting judge also declared the state’s harassment law “unconstitutionally overbroad and facially invalid because it is susceptible of prohibiting protected expression.”
An Indianapolis church must pay its former pastor $80,000 after the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the enforcement a judgment stemming from the church’s failure to pay the clergyman his regular salary.
A group representing transgender students filed a motion Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a teacher who claims Brownsburg Community School Corp. violated his religious freedom rights by requiring him to refer to students with gender dysphoria by their preferred names.
Catholic church leaders in Indianapolis are citing the First Amendment as a defense to a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired because he’s in a same-sex marriage.
Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tatts. A lawyer for the former NBA star has asked an artist to remove certain tattoos from a large painting of Bird on an Indianapolis multi-family residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web on a shoulder.
The release of emails in the gerrymandering lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters spurred Michigan residents to strip their legislators of redistricting duties and turn the mapmaking over to an independent commission. However, a new federal lawsuit is challenging the new body, asserting the exclusion of certain individuals violates the First and 14th amendments.