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The Indiana Court of Appeals travels to Marion and South Bend this week to hear arguments in an appeal of voluntary manslaughter and criminal recklessness convictions, and a case involving a conviction of child solicitation.

The appellate court will be at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion Tuesday to hear Jeremy D. Simpson v. State of Indiana, No. 46A04-0802-CR-103. The LaPorte Circuit case involves Jeremy Simpson's convictions of voluntary manslaughter and criminal recklessness. He argues the state failed to rebut his self-defense claim, among other issues. Chief Judge John Baker and Judges Terry Crone and Cale Bradford will hear the case at 11 a.m. in the Globe Theater on the mall in the Student Center, 4201 S. Washington St.

On Wednesday, Judges Crone and Bradford, along with Judge Michael Barnes, head to Indiana University - South Bend to hear Dustin Neff v. State of Indiana, No. 29A02-0904-CR-332. Dustin Neff was convicted of child solicitation after driving to an arranged meeting place in Hamilton County to meet who he believed was a 12-year-old girl from Georgia he spoke to online.

Neff claims there's insufficient evidence to prove the offense as charged and the state failed to prove venue in Hamilton County. Neff is a resident of Madison County. Arguments begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Dorothy & Darwin Wiekamp Hall on campus, 1700 Mishawaka Ave.

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  1. Just an aside, but regardless of the outcome, I 'm proud of Judge William Hughes. He was the original magistrate on the Home place issue. He ruled for Home Place, and was primaried by Brainard for it. Their tool Poindexter failed to unseat Hughes, who won support for his honesty and courage throughout the county, and he was reelected Judge of Hamilton County's Superior Court. You can still stand for something and survive. Thanks, Judge Hughes!

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  4. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  5. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

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