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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. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  3. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  4. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  5. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

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