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January 18, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Linda K. Roddy v. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security
12-1682
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Vacates judgment of the District Court and remands Roddy’s case for disability insurance benefits to the Social Security Administration for further proceedings. Finds the administrative law judge made a number of errors in his consideration of the record, in which he denied her benefits.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jermaine Hines v. State of Indiana
48A02-1206-CR-442
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. Law enforcement had reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to detain Hines.

John F. Harris, III v. State of Indiana
20A03-1205-CR-210
Criminal. Affirms conviction of possession of cocaine, enhanced to a Class B felony because the offense occurred within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex. There was proof that children were residing in the immediate vicinity at the time of the offense. Reverses habitual offender finding because the state failed to prove Harris has more than one dealing offense.

Kelly Bertholet Stokes v. Estate of Kenneth Stokes (NFP)
64A05-1205-ES-237
Estate, supervised. Dismisses interlocutory appeal filed by Kelly Bertholet Stokes after her motion to correct error was denied following the denial of her motion for reimbursement of monies seized by bank.

Danielle Kelly v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1112-CR-584
Criminal. Grants rehearing to address Kelly’s claim that the court failed to consider a “dispositive fact” in its discussion regarding incriminating statements, but affirms opinion in all respects which upheld denial of Kelly’s motion to suppress.

Matthew A. Parks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
64A03-1202-CR-66
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molesting.

Jonathan Books v. State of Indiana (NFP)
25A03-1208-CR-357
Criminal. Affirms sanction for probation violation.
 

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  1. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

  2. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  3. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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