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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. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. 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.

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

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