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Pence signs criminal code update, mental health witness bills into law

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Gov. Mike Pence this week has signed numerous bills into law, including the legislation that reconciles conflicts between HEA 1006-2013, which reformed the state’s criminal code, and other bills touching on criminal law.

Legislation Pence has signed include:
•    House Enrolled Act 1006, reconciles the technical and substantive conflicts between the criminal code legislation passed last year and other criminal law bills, as well as HEA 1269, a HEA 1006-2013 follow-up;
•    HEA 1008, publication of list of criminal offenses;
•    HEA 1155, expungement;
•    HEA 1347, Circuit Court clerk administrative matters, which also includes language on Indiana’s small claims courts;
•    Senate Enrolled Act 3, deals with the use and possession of firearms by judicial officers and battery on judicial officers;
•    SEA 36, probate, trust and transfer on death matters;
•    SEA 59, guardian filing for dissolution of marriage, which is a topic the Indiana Court of Appeals has addressed recently;
•    SEA 88, mental health witnesses in criminal cases;
•    SEA 138, victim advocates in civil proceedings; and
•    SEA 235, allows Marion Superior Court to establish a three-year mental health pilot project that requires community corrections to reduce recidivism by using evidence-based services, programs and practices.

The governor has seven days from receiving a bill to sign it or veto it. If he takes no action on it during that time frame, the bill automatically becomes law. A complete list of bills waiting for the governor’s signature is available on his Bill Watch page.
 

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  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

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