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Justices to hear case in which glove DNA led to conviction

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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear a case in which DNA found on a glove was the sole evidence that led to the conviction of a man on a burglary charge in St. Joseph County.

Justices granted transfer in Martin Meehan v. State of Indiana, 71A04-1209-CR-453. Convicted of Class C felony burglary and found to be a habitual criminal, Meehan succeeded in getting the conviction reversed at the Court of Appeals, which worried that the case could set a precedent in which criminals could frame other people simply by leaving at a crime scene a piece of evidence containing DNA.

Meehan is one of seven appeals to which the Supreme Court granted transfer for the week ending Aug. 16. Others are:


Justices denied 23 requests for appeal. Transfer dispositions may be viewed here. 
 

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  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

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