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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. Bill Satterlee is, indeed, a true jazz aficionado. Part of my legal career was spent as an associate attorney with Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans in Valparaiso. Bill was instrumental (no pun intended) in introducing me to jazz music, thereby fostering my love for this genre. We would, occasionally, travel to Chicago on weekends and sit in on some outstanding jazz sessions at Andy's on Hubbard Street. Had it not been for Bill's love of jazz music, I never would have had the good fortune of hearing it played live at Andy's. And, most likely, I might never have begun listening to it as much as I do. Thanks, Bill.

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  5. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

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