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Opinions June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael J. Gaby v. State of Indiana
79A02-1006-CR-804
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A felony child molesting and remands for new trial, stating the trial court erred in permitting the state to refresh the victim’s recollection by allowing her to read a previous statement she made. Holds that retrial will not violate double jeopardy grounds because sufficient evidence exists to support conviction.

Uniontown Retail #36, LLC, d/b/a The Lion's Den #36 v. Board of Commissioners of Jackson County
36A01-1008-MI-434
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s order granting motion for summary judgment filed by the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County and permanently enjoining Uniontown Retail, doing business as The Lion’s Den, from operating a sexually oriented business at its current location. The Lion’s Den did not satisfy its burden of demonstrating that the ordinances are constitutionally overbroad.

Patrick Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1009-CR-1031
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery.

A.R. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A04-1012-JV-786
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication finding A.R. to be delinquent.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of R.L.; C.L. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
05A02-1012-JT-1411
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

Edward L. Weaver v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1009-CR-954
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.

Owen Cobbum, et al. v. Town of Cromwell (NFP)
57A03-1009-PL-486
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s judgment in favor of the Town of Cromwell.

Joshua Garrard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-1101-CR-10
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony theft.

Jason Q. Daugherty v. State of Indiana (NFP)
69A05-1011-CR-743
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Phillip Spratt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1006-CR-667
Criminal. Vacates conviction of Class B felony possession of cocaine. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and revises sentence to two concurrent 30-year sentences.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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