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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. Uh oh, someone is really going to get their panti ... uh, um ... I mean get upset now: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/31/arkansas-passes-indiana-style-religious-freedom-bill

  2. Bryan, stop insulting the Swedes by comparing them to the American oligarchs. Otherwise your point is well taken.

  3. Sociologist of religion Peter Berger once said that the US is a “nation of Indians ruled by Swedes.” He meant an irreligious elite ruling a religious people, as that Sweden is the world’s least religious country and India the most religious. The idea is that American social elites tend to be much less religious than just about everyone else in the country. If this is true, it helps explain the controversy raking Indiana over Hollywood, San Fran, NYC, academia and downtown Indy hot coals. Nevermind logic, nevermind it is just the 1993 fed bill did, forget the Founders, abandon of historic dedication to religious liberty. The Swedes rule. You cannot argue with elitists. They have the power, they will use the power, sit down and shut up or feel the power. I know firsthand, having been dealt blows from the elite's high and mighty hands often as a mere religious plebe.

  4. I need helping gaining custody of my 5 and 1 year old from my alcoholic girlfriend. This should be an easy case for any lawyer to win... I've just never had the courage to take her that far. She has a record of public intox and other things. She has no job and no where to live othe than with me. But after 5 years of trying to help her with her bad habit, she has put our kids in danger by driving after drinking with them... She got detained yesterday and the police chief released my kids to me from the police station. I live paycheck to paycheck and Im under alot of stress dealing with this situation. Can anyone please help?

  5. The more a state tries to force people to associate, who don't like each other and simply want to lead separate lives, the more that state invalidates itself....... This conflict has shown clearly that the advocates of "tolerance" are themselves intolerant, the advocates of "diversity" intend to inflict themselves on an unwilling majority by force if necessary, until that people complies and relents and allows itself to be made homogenous with the politically correct preferences of the diversity-lobbies. Let's clearly understand, this is force versus force and democracy has nothing to do with this. Democracy is a false god in the first place, even if it is a valid ideal for politics, but it is becoming ever more just an empty slogan that just suckers a bunch of cattle into paying their taxes and volunteering for stupid wars.

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