Douglas A. Guilmette v. State of Indiana - 2/3/14

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Monday  February 3, 2014 
9:45 AM  EST

9:45 a.m. No. 71S04-1310-CR-705. When Guilmette was arrested for theft, police saw what they believed to be blood on his shoes, and without obtaining a search warrant, they sent the shoes for DNA testing. Guilmette was later charged with murder, and the test results were admitted at trial. Guilmette was found guilty of theft and murder. The Court of Appeals held that testing the shoe, taken incident to the theft arrest but used as evidence of the murder, was an unconstitutional search, but that given the other evidence in the case, the erroneous admission of the DNA evidence was harmless error. Guilmette v. State, 986 N.E.2d 335 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted a petition to transfer the case and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

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  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

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