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Opinions March 26, 2013

March 26, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Teresa Meredith, et al. v. Mike Pence, et al.
Civil plenary/school vouchers. Affirms constitutionality of Indiana’s Choice Scholarship program, affirming a trial court’s grant of summary judgment for state defendants in a suit in which plaintiffs claimed the voucher program violated state Constitution provisions on education and religious liberties. The court held that the voucher plan is within the Legislature’s power under Article 8, Section 1, and that the enacted program does not violate either Section 4 or Section 6 of Article 1 of the Indiana Constitution.

Indiana Court of Appeals
State of Indiana v. Gregory Lagrone

49A05-1203-CR-135
Criminal. Affirms trial court grant of a motion to suppress evidence obtained in a search of a home that led to Class D felony charges against Lagrone of dealing marijuana and possession of marijuana. The court held that warrantless use of a parcel wire device inserted by police into a package containing marijuana, signaling when the package is open inside a home and instigating a police search, is a violation of the Fourth Amendment and an unjustifiable intrusion into a home.  

Victor C. Regalado v. The Estate of Joseph James Regalado, and Paula Heffelfinger (NFP)

64A03-1207-ES-322
Estate. Affirms trial court grant of motion to correct error on the basis of newly discovered evidence regarding DNA of a purported heir, remanding the matter to the trial court for further proceedings with regard to Paula Heffelfinger’s heirship.

Michael Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A04-1208-PC-405
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief from an aggregate sentence of 120 years in prison for conviction of three counts of Class A child molesting.

Donnie Messer v. State of Indiana (NFP)

44A03-1206-CR-303
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order to serve 10 years in the Department of Correction for a conviction of Class B felony manufacturing methamphetamine.










 
 

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  1. 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.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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