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Supreme Court denies 17 cases for transfer

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Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court only took one case on transfer, which it ruled on Dec. 19. The justices declined to take 17 other cases.

In an opinion released the day the justices took the case, the high court reinstated John Kimbrough’s 80-year sentence for molesting his former girlfriend’s two young daughters in John Kimbrough, III v. State of Indiana, 45S04-1212-CR-687.

The justices declined to take Town of Zionsville, Indiana and Zionsville Plan Commission v. Hamilton County Airport Authority, 49A05-1107-PL-374, in which the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the town of Zionsville in a zoning dispute with the Hamilton County Airport Authority. Justice Steven David did not participate in the decision on this matter.

The justices were divided on whether to take the appeal of a man convicted of raping a fellow college student. Chief Justice Brent Dickson and Justice Loretta Rush voted to grant transfer to Jason Michael Palilonis v. State of Indiana, 42A05-1104-CR-197. Jason Michael Palilonis was convicted of Class B felony rape of student B.S. while both were at Vincennes University. The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.

A complete list of the petitions for transfer can be found on the court’s website.

 

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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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