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Opinions Aug. 5, 2013

August 5, 2013
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Brad Kroft v. State of Indiana
49A04-1211-CR-593
Criminal. Reverses and remands on interlocutory appeal denial of a motion to suppress, holding that a state trooper who stopped a motorist because a working tail lamp had a dime-sized hole that emitted white light did not have reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop that resulted in two charges: Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 or more, and Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

In Re the Guardianship of C.S. and A.S.: E.R. v. M.S. and D.S. (NFP)
79A02-1210-GU-863
Civil/guardianship. Reverses and remands a modification of visitation granting more time for paternal grandparents to visit their grandchildren, C.S. and A.S. The panel held the that trial court abused its discretion in failing to restrict the paternal grandparents’ visitation as had been requested by the children’s adoptive father, E.R., who also is their maternal grandfather.

Todd M. Westbrook v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Youth Opportunity Center, Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1209-EX-759
Civil/agency action. Affirms dismissal of an appeal of unemployment benefits to the Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Review Board.

Zachariah Galyan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-1303-CR-140
Criminal. Affirms three-year sentence on a conviction of Class D felony intimidation.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  5. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

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