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  • Attorney Zaki Ali Awarded Clients' Choice Award

    Attorney Zaki Ali has just received Avvo’s 2015 Clients’ Choice Award Badge as a testament to the level of high-quality service he delivers to each of his cases. Through the numerous outstanding reviews Zaki has received, he has proven more and more the passion and skill he dedicates and the successful results he achieves for his clients. With over 15 years of experience, Attorney Zaki Ali has the ...
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  • Understanding Indiana's Homicide Laws

    Unlike other states, which distinguish between various levels or degrees of murder, all murder charges in Indiana fall under the same statute. However, there are other manslaughter charges that will define a homicide that occurs accidentally or as the result of a sudden emotional response. Murder Nearly everyone understands the dictionary definition of murder as the unlawful killing of another ...
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  • Intimidation - Threats Without Proof of Intent Insufficient

    In McCaskill v. State , 3 N.E.3d 1047 (Ind.Ct.App. 2014), an intimidation prosecution, the State failed to prove that Rakiea McCaskill communicated a threat with the intent that the complaining witness, Tamika Matlock, engage in conduct against her will: i.e ., to leave her husband and/or cause her husband to leave her. See Ind. Code § 35-45-2-1(a)(1). McCaskill had a one-year-old child with ...
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  • Public Intoxication - Vagueness Problems with Criminalizing Annoying Behavior

    In an issue of first impression, the Court of Appeals in Morgan v. State , 4 N.E.3d 751 (Ind.Ct.App. 2014), held that the subsection of Indiana's public intoxication statute that criminalizes "annoying" another person is unconstitutionally vague. Rodregus Morgan was intoxicated as he slept in a plexiglass bus shelter. When an officer awakened Morgan, he smelled alcohol, Morgan was unsteady on his ...
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  • Involuntary Confession Persuading Defendant He Cannot Have a Fair Trial Based Upon His Race

    In State v. Bond , decided May 13, 2014, a murder suspect's confession was involuntary because a detective told him that there was a possibility that is trial would not be fair due to an impartial jury because of his race. The detective intensely interrogated Bond in 2011 for a 2007 cold case murder. About two hours into the custodial interrogation, the detective told Bond, who is ...
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  • Other 2014 Legislative Changes -- Sentence Modification and Pretrial Division

    The General Assembly also made it easier to modify a person's sentence. Effective July 1, 2014, the judge may reduce or suspend a person's sentence and impose any sentence the court was authorized to impose at the time of sentencing. The prosecutor's consent is no longer required. A hearing on the sentence modification petition is likewise no longer required, but if the judge sets a hearing on the ...
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