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Opinions July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court posted no opinions before IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
David K. Murphy v. State of Indiana
18A02-1002-CR-213
Criminal. Reverses and remands trial court’s decision denying Murphy educational credit time. Murphy contended the trial court is the proper authority to determine whether to grant educational credit time for receiving his general educational development diploma prior to sentencing. The Court of Appeals agreed.
 
Norman A. Donovan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-0912-CR-617
Criminal. Remands with instructions to merge operating a vehicle while intoxicated conviction into his operating with a 0.08 alcohol concentration equivalent conviction, vacate the OWI conviction, and enter judgment on the ACE conviction. Affirms in all other respects.

Willie L. Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
90A02-1001-CR-23
Criminal. Affirms order to pay $1,767 in restitution.
 
Jimmy Yarbrough v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0912-CR-1217
Criminal. Affirms conviction of burglary as a Class B felony.
 
Kyla Phillips v. Hook-SuperX, Inc. (NFP)
36A01-1003-CT-142
Civil. Affirms trial court’s denial of Phillips’ motion for relief from judgment.
 
Frank Guajardo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-0912-CR-1234
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence because Guajardo may not challenge his guilty plea on direct appeal. However, the trial court erred by imposing a public defender fee without finding Guajardo had the ability to pay; the fee is reversed and the case remanded for a determination of Guajardo’s ability to pay.

Shawn M. Swartout v. State of Indiana (NFP)
92A05-1002-CR-66
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony possession of methamphetamine, Class D felony possession of a narcotic drug, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Thomas Christman v. Matthew Christman (NFP)
85A02-0910-CV-1014
Civil. Affirms trial court’s judgment in Thomas Christman’s action to partition land filed against his son Matthew.

James E. Jennings v. State of Indiana (NFP)
87A01-1002-CR-34
Criminal. Affirms conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a Class C misdemeanor.

Anthony Franklin v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-0912-CR-1241
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction following a bench trial.

James Ingersoll v. State of Indiana (NFP)
75A03-0911-CR-540
Criminal. Affirms post-conviction court’s denial of request for education credit time.

Wesley Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-0909-PC-440
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
 
Khalid M. Jackson-Bey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-0911-CR-646
Criminal. Affirms convictions of robbery, confinement, and battery.

Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions before IL deadline.
 

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  1. I can understand a 10 yr suspension for drinking and driving and not following the rules,but don't you think the people who compleate their sentences and are trying to be good people of their community,and are on the right path should be able to obtain a drivers license to do as they please.We as a state should encourage good behavior instead of saying well you did all your time but we can't give you a license come on.When is a persons time served than cause from where I'm standing,its still a punishment,when u can't have the freedom to go where ever you want to in car,truck ,motorcycle,maybe their should be better programs for people instead of just throwing them away like daily trash,then expecting them to change because they we in jail or prison for x amount of yrs.Everyone should look around because we all pay each others bills,and keep each other in business..better knowledge equals better community equals better people...just my 2 cents

  2. I was wondering about the 6 million put aside for common attorney fees?does that mean that if you are a plaintiff your attorney fees will be partially covered?

  3. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

  4. Being dedicated to a genre keeps it alive until the masses catch up to the "trend." Kent and Bill are keepin' it LIVE!! Thank you gentlemen..you know your JAZZ.

  5. Hemp has very little THC which is needed to kill cancer cells! Growing cannabis plants for THC inside a hemp field will not work...where is the fear? From not really knowing about Cannabis and Hemp or just not listening to the people teaching you through testimonies and packets of info over the last few years! Wake up Hoosier law makers!

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