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Opinions March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Robert B. Long and Jason P. Edwards
09-3493, 09-3636
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Criminal. Affirms Edwards’ convictions of one count of narcotics conspiracy, two counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The government’s affidavit in support of the wiretap established necessity. Affirms Long’s sentence for the same convictions, plus one additional count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The District Court’s total quantity determination was adequate. The District Court didn’t err when it initiated the sentencing hearing by immediately calculating the guidelines range, rather than engaging in a preliminary discussion of the findings in the presentence report.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Nicholas Suding v. State of Indiana
32A01-1002-CR-156
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of conspiracy to commit murder, stating the trial court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing and that sufficient evidence existed to convict Suding. Rules amendment to charges did not affect defendant’s rights.

Clyde Piggie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1005-PC-264
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition of post-conviction relief for Class A felony of dealing cocaine.   

John David Jenkins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1008-CR-404
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident resulting in non-vehicular property damage.

William A. Lawhorn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
38A02-1009-CR-1037
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony of dealing methamphetamine.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  2. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

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