An attorney is planning to ask the state Supreme Court to consider whether a central Indiana county's public defender system is violating the rights of indigent defendants to an adequate legal defense.
The decision gives new life to efforts by Monarch, the state’s largest beer and wine distributor, to sell liquor in Indiana—efforts that have been shot down repeatedly by the Legislature and have led to several other lawsuits.
The decision in an Indiana case by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes just three weeks after a three-judge panel in Atlanta ruled the opposite, which sets up a likely battle before the Supreme Court.
The justices Monday heard arguments in a case involving Carmel-based flavoring maker TC Heartland that could end the reign of the Eastern District of Texas, which handles more than a third of all patent suits in the United States.