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Opinions March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael Williams, Jr. v. State of Indiana
30A01-1207-CR-305
Criminal. Reverses convictions of Class B felonies burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, and Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license. Williams’ trial counsel’s performance was deficient by failing to object under Indiana Evidence Rule 404(b) to the admission of evidence of William’s previous bad acts and convictions. Remands for a new trial.

In Re the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of S.H. and E.H., N.H. v. The Indiana Department of Child Services and Lake County Court Appointed Special Advocate (NFP)
45A03-1207-JT-313
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Antonio Highbaugh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1201-CR-3
Criminal. Affirms sentence of 365 days of incarceration with 361 days suspended to probation for Class A misdemeanor residential entry.

In Re the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of T.J.: S.J. v. The Indiana Department of Child Services and Child Advocates, Inc. (NFP)

49A04-1207-JT-342
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

David S. Healey v. State of Indiana (NFP)

33A04-1202-MI-107
Miscellaneous. Grants petition for rehearing, reverses denial of verified petition to remove designation as a sex offender, and remands for further proceedings.

Anthoney D. Coveleski v. State of Indiana (NFP)

84A05-1206-CR-282
Criminal. Reverses Class D felony conviction and orders the trial court to enter the judgment of conviction on assisting a criminal as a Class A misdemeanor. Finds the state presented sufficient evidence to support the misdemeanor conviction.

Glenda Howell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1208-CR-436
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony dealing in cocaine.

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

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  2. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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  4. Ind. Courts - "Illinois ranks 49th for how court system serves disadvantaged" What about Indiana? A story today from Dave Collins of the AP, here published in the Benton Illinois Evening News, begins: Illinois' court system had the third-worst score in the nation among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, according to new rankings. Illinois' "Justice Index" score of 34.5 out of 100, determined by the nonprofit National Center for Access to Justice, is based on how states serve people with disabilities and limited English proficiency, how much free legal help is available and how states help increasing numbers of people representing themselves in court, among other issues. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 and was followed by Hawaii, Minnesota, New York and Delaware, respectively. Local courts in Washington, D.C., had the highest overall score at 80.9. At the bottom was Oklahoma at 23.7, followed by Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana. ILB: That puts Indiana at 46th worse. More from the story: Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee and Maine had perfect 100 scores in serving people with disabilities, while Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, Missouri and Idaho had the lowest scores. Those rankings were based on issues such as whether interpretation services are offered free to the deaf and hearing-impaired and whether there are laws or rules allowing service animals in courthouses. The index also reviewed how many civil legal aid lawyers were available to provide free legal help. Washington, D.C., had nearly nine civil legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty, the highest rate in the country. Texas had the lowest rate, 0.43 legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty. http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2014/11/ind_courts_illi_1.html

  5. A very thorough opinion by the federal court. The Rooker-Feldman analysis, in particular, helps clear up muddy water as to the entanglement issue. Looks like the Seventh Circuit is willing to let its district courts cruise much closer to the Indiana Supreme Court's shorelines than most thought likely, at least when the ADA on the docket. Some could argue that this case and Praekel, taken together, paint a rather unflattering picture of how the lower courts are being advised as to their duties under the ADA. A read of the DOJ amicus in Praekel seems to demonstrate a less-than-congenial view toward the higher echelons in the bureaucracy.

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