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

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)

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)
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)

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. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.