Order asks for attorneys, court to use more professionalism

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The Indiana Supreme Court denied a request for a writ of mandamus Friday. The high court noted that the attorneys and court involved had failed to act as professionally as they should regarding schedules.

The justices unanimously voted to deny the verified petition for writ of mandamus and prohibition seeking relief in State of Indiana, ex rel., John Crosby, et al. v. The Harrison Superior Court and the Hon. Roger D. Davis, as Judge Thereof, No. 31S00-1010-OR-615.

“The members of the Court conclude, unfortunately, that the level of professionalism exercised by both counsel and the trial court in the events underlying this original action falls short of the standard that other members of the legal profession and members of the public have a right to expect,” wrote Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. “This Court urges the trial court, prosecutor, and defense attorney to cooperate in finding effective ways of resolving scheduling issues that arise as criminal cases are set for trial.”

The justices didn’t find in this instance that the trial court exceeded its jurisdiction or that it failed to act when under a clear duty to do so. The high court concluded its intervention was unwarranted.


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  1. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  2. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.

  3. maybe if some of the socia workers would treat the foster parents better, they would continue to fostr.

  4. We have been asked to take in a 2 no old baby because mother is in very unstable situation. We want to do this but will need help with expenses such as medical and formula... Do we have to have custody thru court?

  5. Very troubling. A competent public defender is very much the right of every indigent person in the US or the Fifth amendment becomes meaningless. And considering more and more of us are becoming poorer and poorer under this "system," the need for this are greater than ever.... maybe they should study the Federals and see how they manage their program? And here's to thanking all the PD attorneys out there who do a good job.