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
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)
Domestic relation. Affirms order dissolving marriage and distributing marital property.

Claudia Scott v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms on interlocutory appeal the denial of Scott’s motion to suppress.

Kenneth Hawkins v. Debra Hawkins (NFP)
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)
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)
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. Freedom From Religion Foundation: If you really want to be free from religion, don't go to the Christmas Play or the Christmas Pageant or the Christmas Parade. Anything with "Christ" or Saint...fill in the blank...would be off limits to you. Then leave the rest of us ALONE!

  2. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  3. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  4. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  5. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon