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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. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  2. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  3. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  4. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  5. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

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