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Split Supreme Court vacates transfer in re-entry case

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The Indiana Supreme Court took action on one case last week, vacating the transfer it granted in April in a case challenging the termination from a county re-entry court program.

The decision to vacate transfer was a divided one among the justices. Chief Justice Brent Dickson and Justices Steven David and Mark Massa voted to vacate transfer granted April 24 to Edward Lee Matthys v. State of Indiana, 79S02-1404-CR-298, and deny the motion. Justices Robert Rucker and Loretta rush dissented, voting to deny the motion to dismiss.

Edward Lee Matthys appealed his termination from the Tippecanoe County Re-Entry Court Program and his subsequent placement in the Indiana Department of Correction. He claimed he was deprived of due process because a trial court hearing was not held until after he had already been effectively terminated from the re-entry program. He also argued he was sentenced inappropriately.

The Court of Appeals in January affirmed, finding that the sentence was not inappropriate as it was compelled by an agreement he had signed in 2011 prior to his admission to the re-entry program.
 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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