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Friday, November 15, 2013

Ind. Decisions - SCOIND posts one opinion today

In Patrick Austin v. State of Indiana, a 22-page, 5-0 opinion, Justice David writes:

Today we examine the bounds of acceptable police procedure in attempting to interdict interstate narcotics shipments under the Indiana Constitution, and also elaborate on the application of Indiana’s Rules of Criminal Procedure providing for a speedy trial.

In this case, a truck driver was arrested after a deliberate operation conducted by the Indiana State Police uncovered a large quantity of cocaine in the truck driver’s cargo. He requested a speedy trial, and when the trial court was unable to bring him to trial within the time limit because of court congestion he sought to be discharged from pre-trial incarceration. We find no error in the police action or in the continuance of the defendant’s trial, and therefore affirm the trial court.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 15, 2013 10:25 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions