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Justices take forfeiture, adoption appeals

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The Indiana Supreme Court added to its docket a Marion County drug forfeiture case and a Lake County adoption matter.

Justices agreed to review Antonio Hughley, $3,861.00 in U.S. Currency and One (1) Buick, VIN# 4V37J7E133835 v. State of Indiana, The Consolidated City of Indianapolis/Marion County and The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, 49S04-1406-MI-386.

In a five-page memorandum decision, the Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of the state for seizure of cash found on Hughley. Authorities asserted the money was related to drugs seen in plain view as police searched his home for a suspect in a separate investigation.

Despite Hughley’s affidavit denying the cash was the proceeds of criminal activity, the appeals panel ruled summary judgment for the state was proper for the seizure of the money because the affidavit didn’t give rise to a genuine issue of material fact.  

Justices also granted transfer in In Re The Adoption of: J.T.D. & J.S. (Minor Children), Children to be Adopted and N.E. (Prospective Adoptive Parent) v. Indiana Department of Child Services, 49S04-1406-MI-386.

In that case, the Court of Appeals ruled that an adoption petition should remain in Lake Superior Court over the objection of the Department of Child Services. DCS had initiated termination of parental rights proceedings in juvenile court involving the children, and sought to transfer the adoption proceeding to juvenile court under the county’s case allocation plan.

The appeals court held, though, that the General Assembly had placed jurisdiction in adoption cases with probate courts, so keeping the matter in Superior Court was proper.

Justices denied transfer in 18 cases. Supreme Court transfer dispositions may be viewed here
 

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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.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  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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