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COA heads to northern Indiana for ‘Appeals on Wheels’

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The Indiana Court of Appeals will travel to northern Indiana Wednesday to hear arguments in Lake and St. Joseph counties involving two criminal cases.

Judges Paul Mathias, Melissa May and Michael Barnes will hear Rashawn Speed v. State of Indiana, 35A02-1308-CR-696 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph High School. Speed was found guilty of child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor related to his conduct with an acquaintance’s 13-year-old niece.

Speed raises four issues on appeal: whether the trial court improperly allowed vouching testimony on the victim’s behalf; whether the trial court erred by allowing certain questions; whether the evidence supports his convictions; and whether Speed’s trial counsel was ineffective.

Judges John Baker, James Kirsch and Margret Robb are scheduled to hear the appeal of Maddox Macy v. State of Indiana, 52A02-1309-CR-808, in Crown Point. Maddox Macy argues her resisting law enforcement conviction cannot stand because she didn’t forcibly resist.

Police and animal control officers went to Macy’s home after receiving a report that two of her dogs bit her neighbor. She was uncooperative and loud, and police threatened to arrest her if she did not calm down. She continued “making a scene,” according to court records, so the police officer forced her into the back of his police car. She refused to put her feet inside the door, so the officer had to place them inside the car. She was convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.

The arguments will be held at 1 p.m. CDT at the Lake County Government Complex Auditorium, 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point. The Women Lawyers Association is hosting the argument, which is a part of the “Appeals on Wheels” program. High school students from Lake and Porter counties will attend the argument.

 

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  1. It is amazing how selectively courts can read cases and how two very similar factpatterns can result in quite different renderings. I cited this very same argument in Brown v. Bowman, lost. I guess it is panel, panel, panel when one is on appeal. Sad thing is, I had Sykes. Same argument, she went the opposite. Her Rooker-Feldman jurisprudence is now decidedly unintelligible.

  2. November, 2014, I was charged with OWI/Endangering a person. I was not given a Breathalyzer test and the arresting officer did not believe that alcohol was in any way involved. I was self-overmedicated with prescription medications. I was taken to local hospital for blood draw to be sent to State Tox Lab. My attorney gave me a cookie-cutter plea which amounts to an ALCOHOL-related charge. Totally unacceptable!! HOW can I get my TOX report from the state lab???

  3. My mother got temporary guardianship of my children in 2012. my husband and I got divorced 2015 the judge ordered me to have full custody of all my children. Does this mean the temporary guardianship is over? I'm confused because my divorce papers say I have custody and he gets visits and i get to claim the kids every year on my taxes. So just wondered since I have in black and white that I have custody if I can go get my kids from my moms and not go to jail?

  4. Someone off their meds? C'mon John, it is called the politics of Empire. Get with the program, will ya? How can we build one world under secularist ideals without breaking a few eggs? Of course, once it is fully built, is the American public who will feel the deadly grip of the velvet glove. One cannot lay down with dogs without getting fleas. The cup of wrath is nearly full, John Smith, nearly full. Oops, there I go, almost sounding as alarmist as Smith. Guess he and I both need to listen to this again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ65J02XA

  5. Charles Rice was one of the greatest of the so-called great generation in America. I was privileged to count him among my mentors. He stood firm for Christ and Christ's Church in the Spirit of Thomas More, always quick to be a good servant of the King, but always God's first. I had Rice come speak to 700 in Fort Wayne as Obama took office. Rice was concerned that this rise of aggressive secularism and militant Islam were dual threats to Christendom,er, please forgive, I meant to say "Western Civilization". RIP Charlie. You are safe at home.

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