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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear two arguments Thursday, including a death penalty appeal by a man whose appeal has already once been denied by the justices.

At 9 a.m., the high court will hear arguments in Tommy R. Pruitt v. State of Indiana, No. 15S00-0512-PD-617, in which Tommy Pruitt was convicted of murder and other charges in Dearborn Circuit Court for killing Morgan County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Starnes. The Dearborn Circuit Court denied his petition for post-conviction relief. Pruitt appealed the denial, arguing he is mentally retarded and had ineffective assistance of his counsel, so he should not be sentenced to death.

Pruitt previously appealed his sentence, in which the majority of Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and sentence in September 2005. Justice Robert Rucker dissented, believing Pruitt met his burden to prove he is mentally retarded and recommended his sentence be revised to a term of years.

In State of Indiana v. Adam L. Manuwal, No. 50S05-0805-CR-269, charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated under Indiana Code Sections 9-30-5-1 and 2 - operating a vehicle while intoxicated - were dismissed against Adam Manuwal by the Marshall Superior Court. Manuwal was arrested and charged after driving an all-terrain vehicle on private property. The Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal after concluding he was improperly charged under the operating while intoxicated statutes and the state could have filed charges pursuant to I.C. Section 14-16-1-23 - operation of an off-road vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.

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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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