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Opinions March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline Thursday.
Indiana Supreme Court
David K. Murphy v. State of Indiana
18S02-1103-CR-142
Criminal. Reverses trial court ruling that Murphy submit his request for six months of educational credit time for receiving his GED while awaiting sentencing to the Department of Correction. Adopts the result reached by the Indiana Court of Appeals that the trial court is the proper authority to determine whether a defendant who completes an educational degree before sentencing is entitled to educational credit time. Remands for further proceedings.

Today’s opinions
Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Molly C. Wilson v. Charles W. Wilson (NFP)
62A04-1004-DR-269
Domestic relation. Affirms order dissolving marriage and distributing marital property.

Claudia Scott v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1006-CR-385
Criminal. Affirms on interlocutory appeal the denial of Scott’s motion to suppress.

Kenneth Hawkins v. Debra Hawkins (NFP)
49A05-1007-DR-446
Domestic relation. The trial court abused its discretion by assigning a value of $181,800 to Kenneth’s vested pension without consideration of the present value of the benefit. Affirms in all other respects. Remands for further proceedings.

Steven A. Ratliff v. Marlene M. (Ratliff) Bontzolakes (NFP)
41A01-1005-DR-242
Domestic relation. Dismisses Ratliff’s appeal of the trial court order that he pay for college expenses incurred by his daughter.

Justin Looney v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1007-CR-395
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in cocaine but reverses his sentence and remands for re-sentencing. The trial court abused its sentencing discretion in finding Looney’s juvenile record and his lack of steady employment to be an aggravating circumstance.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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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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