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Opinions Aug. 1, 2012

August 1, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court
The following opinions were issued Tuesday after IL deadline.  
Andrew Conley v. State of Indiana
58S00-1011-CR-634
Criminal. Affirms sentence of life without parole for Conley, who was 17 at the time he killed his 10-year-old brother. The court held that based on the age of defendant, the age of his brother, and the heinous nature of the crime, a sentence of life without parole was appropriate and constitutional.  

Engelica E. Castillo v. State of Indiana
45S00-1102-LW-110
Criminal. Reverses sentence of life without parole for a conviction of murder and remands to the trial court to enter a revised sentence of 65 years in prison, holding that Castillo’s role in causing fatal injuries to a 2-year-old was indirect and that her sentence was inappropriate compared with that of a co-defendant.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Justin A. Staton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1112-CR-1192
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Edward Lee Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1110-CR-445
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder and attempted murder.

Dewayne Busz v. Brandi Watkins and Mike Schuh (NFP)
43A03-1202-SC-67
Small claims. Affirms trial court judgment in favor of Watkins and Schuh.

Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions before IL deadline.
 

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  1. 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.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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