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COA to hear institutionalization case

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The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday in a case of two men being held in a state mental health institution until they are deemed able to stand trial.

The arguments will be at 5 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

In Thomas and Dausman v. Murphy and Boggs, No. 49A02-0812-CV-1140, Steven Thomas and Derrick Dausman are accused of child molestation but found to possess insufficient comprehension to stand trial under Indiana statute. They've been placed in a state mental health institution and receive "competency restoration services."

The men argue they should be placed in the least restrictive environment appropriate for their continued care and rehabilitation. Thomas and Dausman claim the state's failure to do so violates their rights under state law and the U.S. Constitution.

Judges James S. Kirsch, Paul D. Mathias, and Patricia A. Riley will hear the case on appeal from Marion Superior Court.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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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  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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