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Opinions April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

In the Matter of the Involuntary Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of L.J., and R.J., III; and V.A., and R.J. v. Marion Co. Dept. of Child Services and Child Advocates (NFP)
49A02-1108-JT-804
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights for mother and father.

Justin Thomas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-CR-660
Criminal. Holds that Thomas has not proven that a judge’s inquiry into venue constituted a fundamental error. Remands in part to correct abstract of judgment, holding sentences for both dealing in and possession of marijuana violate double jeopardy standards.

Steven W. Stockwell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1108-CR-392
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order revoking probation, holding Stockwell voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently waived his right to counsel at a probation violation hearing.

Lonnie Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A05-1109-CR-475
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony robbery.

Mychael Nance v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1108-CR-418
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to suppress evidence, holding that a warrantless search was justified, because police believed Nance’s home had just been or was being burglarized at the time they arrived.

Allen R. Stout, et al. v. Linda Zabona (NFP)
92A03-1105-CT-203
Civil tort. Affirms jury verdict and award of damages in favor of Zabona. Affirms jury’s verdict against Stout and other defendants on breach of contract and fiduciary duty.
 

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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  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.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

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