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The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer Thursday to three cases involving a murder conviction, a request for post-conviction relief, and the appointment of counsel for a mother involved in a termination proceeding.  

In James A. Carr v. State of Indiana, No. 25S04-1004-CR-219, James Carr appealed his murder conviction, which the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld. The appellate court held that Carr’s proceedings didn’t violate the speedy-trial provisions of Indiana Criminal Rule 4; Carr’s confession to law enforcement was not procured in violation of his Miranda rights; the trial court did not err by prohibiting cross-examination into Carr’s level of intoxication during his custodial interrogation; and the court did not err by refusing to instruct the jury on various lesser-included offenses.

In State of Indiana v. Craig Cooper,  No. 49S02-1004-PC-220, the appellate court affirmed the grant of Cooper’s request for post-conviction relief. He showed the requisite prejudice because he wouldn’t have pleaded guilty to the charged offense of operating a vehicle while an habitual traffic violator had he known there was no basis for that charge. He was prejudiced by the inadequate factual basis that was presented at the guilty plea hearing. Judge Margret Robb dissented because she didn’t believe Cooper demonstrated he was prejudiced by the error.

In Termination of parent-child relationship of I.B.; M.L. v. IDCS, No. 03S05-1004-JV-218, the Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of the motion to appoint counsel to appeal the termination of mother M.L.’s parental relationship with I.B. Mother failed to carry her burden as an indigent person to show the trial court she met the statutory requirements for the appointment of counsel. She didn’t even request the appellate counsel representation; her trial counsel did.
 

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  1. Such things are no more elections than those in the late, unlamented Soviet Union.

  2. It appears the police and prosecutors are allowed to change the rules halfway through the game to suit themselves. I am surprised that the congress has not yet eliminated the right to a trial in cases involving any type of forensic evidence. That would suit their foolish law and order police state views. I say we eliminate the statute of limitations for crimes committed by members of congress and other government employees. Of course they would never do that. They are all corrupt cowards!!!

  3. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  4. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

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