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Riverboat casino, county get partial win in tax court

Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Tax Court dealt a win and a loss to a county and a casino that were arguing over how much a gambling resort in southern Indiana was worth during the Great Recession.

JNC files report on COA finalists to Holcomb

Olivia Covington
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb now has 60 days to select Indiana’s next Court of Appeals judge after the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission officially submitted the names of its three finalists on Friday.

COA upholds 6-year stalking sentence for ex's break-in, threat

Olivia Covington
A Ripley County man who broke into his ex-wife’s home by climbing on the roof and cutting through the drywall with razor blades has lost his appeal of his six-year sentence for convictions of intimidation and invasion of privacy, with the Indiana Court of Appeals rejecting his argument that the sentence is inappropriate.

Rewrite of business organization laws provides uniformity, clarity

All it took to simplify Indiana’s business organization laws was a 149-page bill.

Rewrite of business organization laws provides uniformity, clarity

All it took to simplify Indiana’s business organization laws was a 149-page bill.
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Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, criminal sex act charges

Flinching when he heard himself described as a man who used power to prey on women, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was arraigned Friday on rape and other charges in the first criminal prosecution to result from the wave of allegations against him that sparked a national reckoning over sexual misconduct.

Taking on the system, ‘Dreamers’ get law degrees

Denia Perez’s parents brought her from Mexico to the United States illegally when she was 11 months old. Last month, she became among the first of the so-called “Dreamers” to earn a law degree. And now, she and others are using their lawyerly know-how to take on the system so they can legally practice.

Brownsburg man pleads guilty to terrorism-related charge

A suburban Indianapolis man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group overseas pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge Wednesday. Akram Musleh of Brownsburg entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

Man convicted of corpse abuse, not murder, in woman’s death

A jury in Evansville acquitted a man of murder and kidnapping in the death of a 19-year-old disabled woman while convicting him of criminal confinement and abuse of a corpse.

2 youths get 100-plus years in Indiana killing, shootings

Two Indianapolis youths convicted of killing a man and wounding four others during a late-night series of shootings and robberies have each been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

Emails show deception by Nassar, USA Gymnastics

Emails show Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics in 2015 came up with false excuses to account for the absence of a sports doctor who had been accused of sexually assaulting female athletes.

Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs

A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for President Donald Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients' groups and Democrats who argued the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope.

Judge orders law firm of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer to pay $10M

A federal judge in California ordered a law firm linked to Stormy Daniels’ attorney to pay $10 million on Tuesday to a lawyer who claimed that the firm had misstated its profits and that he was owed millions.

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘Spygate’

President Donald Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the Russia investigation Wednesday, saying the FBI has been caught in a “MAJOR spy scandal” over its use of a secret informant to determine whether some of Trump’s campaign aides were working with Russia ahead of the 2016 election.

EPA to update Hammond, Whiting residents on toxic cleanup

Residents of two northwestern Indiana cities are getting an update on efforts to clean up heavy metals near a former industrial smelter.

Indianapolis official announces halt to merit board changes

The Indianapolis City-County Council president has halted plans to revamp the city’s civilian police merit board in the wake of its recent vote clearing two officers of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

Ex-sheriff’s official pleads guilty to lying to FBI

A former Lake County Sheriff’s Department official has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during a public corruption investigation that led to the conviction of former Sheriff John Buncich.

Indiana residents urged to comment on US Steel settlement

Environmental groups are urging northwest Indiana residents to comment on a proposed federal settlement over a U.S. Steel plant’s discharging of a hazardous chemical that entered a Lake Michigan tributary in Portage.

Ex-Notre Dame coach Holtz settles Daily Beast defamation suit

Attorneys for Lou Holtz say the former Notre Dame football coach and the news website The Daily Beast have settled a defamation lawsuit filed by the ex-ESPN analyst and college football Hall of Famer.

Man who abandoned family ordered to pay $2M in support

A former Indiana man who was considered dead after abandoning his family nearly 25 years ago and fleeing to Florida has been ordered to pay his ex-wife nearly $2 million in back child support.

Fort Wayne officers’ excessive force countersuit bid rejected

A federal magistrate judge has rejected a bid by four Fort Wayne police officers to countersue a woman who accuses them of racial profiling and excessive force.

Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled employers can prohibit workers from banding together to dispute their pay and conditions in the workplace, an important victory for business interests. The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court’s conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration, not the courts, to resolve disputes.

Court: Trump can't delay “Apprentice” defamation suit

A New York court ruled Thursday that former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, at least for now. Trump’s lawyers had asked to put the case on ice until appeals judges decide whether to dismiss it or postpone it until after his presidency.

Trump: If FBI spied on my campaign, ‘bigger than Watergate’

President Donald Trump lent credence Thursday to reports that FBI informants had infiltrated his presidential campaign, saying that “if so, this is bigger than Watergate!” Trump’s comments came on the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to head the Justice Department probe into possible coordination between Russia and Trump campaign officials, an investigation Trump repeatedly has called a “witch hunt.”

Man gets work release for estranged wife’s abduction

An Indiana man has been sentenced to work release for abducting his estranged wife at gunpoint from her workplace. Kyle Mulkins, 22, had pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of criminal confinement in the August 2017 abduction.

Judge sets hearing on request to block Indiana abortion law

A federal judge has set a June hearing in Evansville on Planned Parenthood’s bid to block a new Indiana law that requires medical providers who treat women for complications arising from abortions to report detailed patient information to the state.

Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claims

Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials announced Wednesday.

Man gets 90 years for setting fire to covered bridges

A Rockville man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison after being convicted of setting fires that destroyed a covered bridge and damaged another.

Judge: Special counsel had authority to prosecute Manafort

Special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a federal judge in Washington ruled Tuesday.

Lake County Jail deal seeks to curb turnover, overtime

A county in northwestern Indiana has ratified a jail contract that increases jailers' pay in an effort to curb turnover and overtime among corrections officers.

Ex-officer pleads guilty but mentally ill after 2016 crash

A former Lake County sheriff’s officer who authorities say struck and killed a man with his squad car while intoxicated at the 2016 Gary Air Show has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

Indianapolis police arrest protesters blocking traffic

Indianapolis police arrested several people who blocked a street outside the Statehouse as part of a nonviolent protest against poverty, racism and other issues. At least 14 demonstrators reportedly were arrested.

IU had 56 reports alleging employee sexual misconduct

More than 50 reports alleging sexual misconduct by Indiana University employees across all campuses were filed from July 2016 to June 2017. The Bloomington campus had 17 reports and the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Indianapolis had 21.

Supreme Court greenlights driver rights in rental car case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that people who borrow rental cars from friends or family are generally entitled to the same protections against police searches as the authorized driver.

Indiana Senate Republicans pick Bray to lead after special session

Indiana Senate Republicans selected a new leader to replace outgoing President Pro Temp David Long. The decision came after lawmakers concluded a one-day special session by sending a handful of bills to Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Supreme Court rules for inmate whose lawyer conceded guilt

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a lawyer for a criminal defendant cannot override his client’s wish to maintain his innocence at trial, even if the lawyer’s aim is to avoid a death sentence.

Supreme Court makes legal sports betting a possibility

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law Monday that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. Indiana was among the states pushing for the decision.

Republican immigration moderates say they’ll force House votes

Republican lawmakers with moderate views on immigration defied party leaders and took steps Wednesday toward forcing election-year House votes on the issue, and a leader of the group said they had enough support to succeed.

County wants U.S. Supreme Court to hear church grants case

A New Jersey county wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that bars a longstanding practice of giving public historic preservation grants to churches.

Porn star’s lawyer says Russian paid Trump attorney Cohen

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer said Tuesday he has information showing that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, received $500,000 from a company associated with a Russian billionaire within months of paying hush money to Daniels, a porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump.

Indiana joins lawsuit against Gary sanctuary city ordinance

A judge has allowed the state of Indiana to intervene in a lawsuit alleging the city of Gary’s sanctuary city ordinance violates state law. Attorney General Curtis Hill sought to have the state added as a plaintiff in the case against Gary officials.

Southern Indiana federal court film nominated for 2 Emmys

The documentary about the federal courts in Indiana produced to mark the Southern Indiana District Court’s bicentennial in 2017 has been nominated for two Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter.

Woman who posed as DCS worker killed mom, claimed baby

A Gary woman will spend decades in prison for killing a mother in her Anderson home in 2015 and trying to pass off the woman’s baby as her own.

Suspect in officer’s death was wanted in another killing

A 21-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a Terre Haute police officer was wanted for questioning in another man’s killing when Friday’s deadly shootout unfolded, according to court documents filed Monday in a related case involving the alleged gunman’s girlfriend.

Clerk: Trump slogan banned from clothing in Indiana primary

A county clerk says Indiana election officers have directed poll workers not to allow anyone into voting stations with clothing sporting the phrase “Make America Great Again,” a slogan popularized by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Gary man pleads guilty, faces life term in 7 women's deaths

A Gary man has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty in the deaths of seven women and instead faces life in prison without parole. Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana, entered the guilty pleas during a surprise court hearing Friday in Crown Point. He will be sentenced May 25.

Trump: Giuliani needs to ‘get facts straight’ on Stormy

President Donald Trump insisted Friday that “we’re not changing any stories” about the 2016 hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels, even as he further muddied the explanation for the settlement by suggesting the new face of his legal team needs to “get his facts straight.”

Shakeup in Trump’s legal team may usher in tougher stance

President Donald Trump hired a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process as the White House shifted to a more aggressive approach to a special counsel investigation that has reached a critical stage.

Lawsuit challenges court fees 4 Indiana counties charge

A new lawsuit is taking aim at the service fees four Indiana counties charge people when they file lawsuits in Hamilton, Johnson, Marion and Wayne counties.

Man who fled country gets 92 years for bank robbery, firing at police

A Muncie man who was tracked down in Colombia and convicted of robbing a bank and shooting at a responding police in 2012 has been sentenced to more than 92 years in prison.

Fort Wayne police allege slander, defamation in countersuit

Four Fort Wayne police officers are alleging slander and defamation by a black probation officer accusing them of violating her constitutional rights.

Supreme Court: Sotomayor recovering after shoulder surgery

The U.S. Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor is “resting comfortably” after shoulder replacement surgery.

Rosenstein: Justice Department won’t be ‘extorted’ by Congress

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday lashed out at congressional Republican allies of President Donald Trump who have drafted articles of impeachment against him, saying the Justice Department won’t be extorted or give in to threats.

Trump lawyer working on Mueller probe to retire

White House lawyer Ty Cobb will retire at the end of the month, the White House said Wednesday, further shaking up President Donald Trump’s legal team as the president intensifies his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

New Indiana program addresses maternal opioid crisis

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb joined state health officials Monday in announcing a new program that targets opioid addiction among mothers and newborns.

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