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COA accepts appeal on Camm prosecutor

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The Indiana Court of Appeals has accepted an interlocutory appeal addressing whether a southern Indiana prosecutor should be able to stay on the third triple-murder trial of former Indiana State Police trooper David Camm.

Spencer Circuit Judge Jonathan Dartt ruled in January that Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson should be able to continue prosecuting the case, despite a book deal that he had arranged on the case, but cancelled after the Indiana Supreme Court in June 2009 ordered a new trial. Defense attorneys argued it was a conflict of interest requiring his removal, and that’s the issue the appellate court on March 11 decided to hear.

The case is on hold while the appeal is pending. Camm has been twice convicted of the September 2000 murders of his wife and two young children, ages 5 and 7. The Court of Appeals overturned Camm’s first conviction and the Indiana Supreme Court two years ago reversed it again.

This latest appeal is likely to spawn a new request for the state’s highest court, before it ultimately is allowed to proceed at the local level for trial in Spencer County.

Rehearing "Prosecutor can stay for new Camm trial" IL Jan. 19-Feb. 1, 2011

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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