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Friday, May 16, 2014
Ind. Decisions - More dialogue on the Supreme Court's decision this week in Bond v. State
Updating this ILB post from yesterday afternoon, re the Supreme Court decision issued May 13th in McLynnerd Bond, Jr. v. State, the ILB received two more notes from attorneys last night. Notably, both prosecutors and defense attorneys are reacting to the opinion:
- I am a public defender here in Marion County, which according to the latest census is roughly one-quarter black, give or take a few points...
The venire here is terrible as well, I can only imagine what it is like in more rural counties of the state. I have done 4 juries in the past 6 months, and I can recall only 2 black females being on my juries total. The pool tends to be somewhere around 25-30 people for a 6-person jury and we get maybe 3 or 4 black, most of those are women. I always challenge pool, but like others have stated, it never gets us anywhere.
- [And from a former Marion County Deputy Prosecutor]
I know this is snippy, but to state the obvious, The Indiana Supreme Court upholds the use of convenient lies by the police but disallows the use of an inconvenient truth. Perhaps it signals a desire to rein in abuses, but being now jaded, I feel this decision reflects the court's desire to put on a happy face.
Miranda is all but gone, the fourth amendment is in shreds, the fifth and sixth amendments are openly violated by federal courts when they allow "interviews" after the suspect has requested legal counsel, or holding the person of interest in custody without charge for extended periods, and denying the visit from counsel who have appeared in person to represent.
This court's decision does not serve to claw back those guaranties in any foreseeable fashion. I am depressed.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 16, 2014 09:23 AM
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