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Unequal protection and due process claims fail because juvenile was not sentenced

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The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected a teenager’s claim of unequal treatment and violation of his due process rights because he incorrectly referred to the juvenile court’s disposition order as a sentence.

TLC, the teenager, was given home placement and later placed in several youth treatment facilities for his behavioral problems. After he hit his mother and put her in a headlock, the state filed a delinquency petition against him, alleging that he committed the offenses of battery and criminal mischief, both Class B misdemeanors if TLC had been an adult.

The juvenile court subsequently awarded wardship of TLC to the Indiana Department of Correction.

TLC appealed, arguing, in part, that the juvenile court erred in “sentencing him.” He said he received unequal treatment under the law and his due process rights were violated.

The Court of Appeals noted TLC incorrectly asserted he was sentenced. It pointed out that the juvenile court issued a dispositional order rather than a sentence because it provided for treatment rather than punishment.

In regard to TLC’s other claims, the Court of Appeals noted he did not present any evidence supporting his unequal protection and due process rights arguments.

Also, the COA found TLC presented no evidence that he was treated any differently than the other juveniles under similar circumstances, so his equal protection argument fails.

 “In sum, all of TLC’s claims are based on the false premise that TLC received a sentence, which he did not,” Judge John Baker wrote in In the Matter of TLC, a Child alleged to be a Delinquent Child v. State of Indiana, 60A01-1308-JV-377. “Thus, TLC has no sentencing claim on appeal. The juvenile court tried home placement without monitoring, home placement with monitoring, Southwest, Valle Vista, and the Gibault facilities, all before turning to the DOC. For all these reasons, we conclude that the juvenile court’s placement and disposition of TLC was consistent with the logic and effect of the facts and circumstances before it. Thus, TLC’s claim fails.”

 

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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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