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Opinions May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Gerald P. VanPatten v. State of Indiana
02S03-1205-CR-251
Criminal. Vacates two convictions of child molesting, one as a Class A felony and one as a Class C felony, because a nurse’s testimony about statements made by the alleged six-year-old victim, who later recanted, should not have been admitted as substantive evidence. Affirms trial court was within its discretion to deny VanPatten’s attorneys’ motions to withdraw. Justice Massa concurs in result with a separate opinion in which Justice Rush joins. Remands for a new trial on the two counts.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Dekuita Steen v. State of Indiana
49A02-1211-CR-877
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft. The trial court properly admitted a loss-prevention officer’s testimony concerning security tags and store labels into evidence, and the evidence is sufficient to support the conviction.

Johann Schmidt v. State of Indiana
34A02-1207-CR-570
Criminal. Affirms denial of Schmidt’s motion to dismiss two counts of Class C felony theft filed in Howard County. The record shows the Howard County prosecutor properly filed charges against Schmidt as to the offenses committed in that county and charges out of Miami County that Schmidt was previously prosecuted on did not relate to the Howard County offenses. Remands for further proceedings.

Jason Tye Myers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A04-1209-PC-481
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Dywan Masterson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1208-PC-368
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Frank T. Grannan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1209-CR-696
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C misdemeanors operating while intoxicated, operating with an alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.08 but less than 0.15, and operating with a controlled substance or its metabolite in the body.

The Indiana 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. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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