Thursday, October 30, 2014
Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court decides two today
In Wayne A. Campbell v. State of Indiana, a 9-page, 5-0 opinion in an appeal from a pro se defendant, Justice Rucker writes:
Defendant was convicted following a jury trial during which the jury was given a supplemental jury instruction on the definition of “intentionally” after deliberations had begun. Some years later, defendant petitioned for post-conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel, in part, for counsel’s failure to object to the instruction. The post-conviction court denied relief. And finding no error we affirm.In Anthony Hollowell v. State of Indiana, a 10-page, 5-0 opinion in an appeal from a pro se defendant, Justice Rucker writes:
From time to time a case is presented to us that neither implicates this Court’s law-giving function, nor involves compelling issues of great public interest. This is such a case. But we elect to address the merits under the general heading of “doing substantial justice.” Here, despite a pro se petitioner’s best efforts, his attempt to appeal the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief went awry and the Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal. We grant transfer and affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 30, 2014 08:09 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions