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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. "So we broke with England for the right to "off" our preborn progeny at will, and allow the processing plant doing the dirty deeds (dirt cheap) to profit on the marketing of those "products of conception." I was completely maleducated on our nation's founding, it would seem. (But I know the ACLU is hard at work to remedy that, too.)" Well, you know, we're just following in the footsteps of our founders who raped women, raped slaves, raped children, maimed immigrants, sold children, stole property, broke promises, broke apart families, killed natives... You know, good God fearing down home Christian folk! :/

  2. Who gives a rats behind about all the fluffy ranking nonsense. What students having to pay off debt need to know is that all schools aren't created equal and students from many schools don't have a snowball's chance of getting a decent paying job straight out of law school. Their lowly ranked lawschool won't tell them that though. When schools start honestly (accurately) reporting *those numbers, things will get interesting real quick, and the looks on student's faces will be priceless!

  3. Whilst it may be true that Judges and Justices enjoy such freedom of time and effort, it certainly does not hold true for the average working person. To say that one must 1) take a day or a half day off work every 3 months, 2) gather a list of information including recent photographs, and 3) set up a time that is convenient for the local sheriff or other such office to complete the registry is more than a bit near-sighted. This may be procedural, and hence, in the near-sighted minds of the court, not 'punishment,' but it is in fact 'punishment.' The local sheriffs probably feel a little punished too by the overwork. Registries serve to punish the offender whilst simultaneously providing the public at large with a false sense of security. The false sense of security is dangerous to the public who may not exercise due diligence by thinking there are no offenders in their locale. In fact, the registry only informs them of those who have been convicted.

  4. Unfortunately, the court doesn't understand the difference between ebidta and adjusted ebidta as they clearly got the ruling wrong based on their misunderstanding

  5. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

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