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Opinions March 28, 2013

March 28, 2013
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The following Indiana Supreme Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday:
In Re: Prosecutor's Subpoena Regarding S.H. and S.C.; S.H. v. State of Indiana
73S01-1209-CR-563
Criminal. Holds that in a situation where, as here, no charges have been filed and no grand jury has been convened, a prosecutor may subpoena witnesses pursuant to Indiana Code § 33-39-1-4. If those witnesses invoke their constitutional right against self-incrimination, however, the prosecutor cannot petition the court to grant them use immunity and compel them to testify without first filing charges or convening a grand jury. Reverses court’s denial of parents S.H.’s and S.C.’s motion to correct error and remands for further proceedings.

Thursday’s opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of G.P., and J.A. v. The Indiana Department of Child Services

49A02-1208-JT-643
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights. Mother J.A.’s due process rights were not violated, and there was sufficient evidence to support the termination.

Howard Osborne and Kimberly Easterday v. Tina R. Berger and Carla Hill, co-personal representatives of the Estate of Elbert H. Osborne, deceased (NFP)
85A04-1209-ES-482
Estate. Affirms order which approved the co-personal representatives’ amended petition for a final account in the estate.

Jami M. Martin v. State of Indiana (NFP)

03A01-1209-CR-402
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felonies possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.

Jamarcus Cain v. State of Indiana (NFP)

02A03-1207-CR-335
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license.

Daymon Holbert v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1209-PC-455
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

J.W. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and DeGood Dimensional Concepts, Inc. (NFP)

93A02-1205-EX-432
Agency action. Affirms denial of claim for unemployment benefits.

William Baxter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1205-PC-248
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Steven Reynolds v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A04-1208-CR-423
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony intimidation.

Tyrone Bell v. State of Indiana (NFP)

71A05-1207-CR-393
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft and the habitual offender enhancement.

William J. Caudill v. State of Indiana (NFP)

20A03-1206-CR-274
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony battery resulting in bodily injury.

Ricky Outlaw v. Indiana Dept. of Corrections, Keith Butts, Rick Talley, Bruce Lemon, and Alan Finnan (NFP)

48A02-1210-CT-889
Civil tort. Affirms dismissal of negligence complaint Outlaw filed against the Indiana Department of Correction, Commissioner Bruce Lemmon, Superintendent Alan Finnan, and Ricky Talley, in their individual and official capacities.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of D.K. (Minor Child) and B.K. (Mother) and D.B.K. (Father) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
82A01-1208-JT-367
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. I can understand a 10 yr suspension for drinking and driving and not following the rules,but don't you think the people who compleate their sentences and are trying to be good people of their community,and are on the right path should be able to obtain a drivers license to do as they please.We as a state should encourage good behavior instead of saying well you did all your time but we can't give you a license come on.When is a persons time served than cause from where I'm standing,its still a punishment,when u can't have the freedom to go where ever you want to in car,truck ,motorcycle,maybe their should be better programs for people instead of just throwing them away like daily trash,then expecting them to change because they we in jail or prison for x amount of yrs.Everyone should look around because we all pay each others bills,and keep each other in business..better knowledge equals better community equals better people...just my 2 cents

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  3. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

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