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Opinions May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Jason Lee Sowers v. State of Indiana
08A02-1208-CR-640
Criminal. Reverses convictions of Class D felonies criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement. The bailiff improperly communicated with the jury foreperson, resulting in fundamental error. Remands for further proceedings. Judge Bradford dissents.

Anthony McCullough v. State of Indiana
49A02-1209-PC-719
Post conviction. Affirms partial denial of petition for post-conviction relief. Finds McCullough received effective assistance of trial counsel for his guilty plea to Class C felony fraud on a financial institution, and therefore pleaded guilty knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily to that charge.

Tammy Spengler v. State of Indiana (NFP)

88A01-1207-CR-318
Criminal. Affirms trial court acted within its discretion in admitting the jailhouse recordings of Spengler’s conversation with her co-defendant and mother, and the evidence is sufficient to sustain her convictions of murder, aiding in murder and invasion of property. Affirms sentence is appropriate.

In the Matter of the Adoption of A.V.W. and R.V.W.; E.S. v. D.K. and J.K. (NFP)
55A05-1210-AD-551
Adoption. Affirms grant of D.K. and J.K.’s petitions to adopt the minor children.

Gregory Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1209-CR-709
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and dealing in a narcotic drug.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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