Tales from the Trenches

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Don’t Worry About Me, I’m NOT Guilty of Murder

Don’t Worry About Me, I’m NOT Guilty of Murder How would you react if someone walked up to you, shook your hand and said, “Hello. I want you to know, no matter what people might say, I didn’t kill anybody.” What’s the first…
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You Did the Crime, You Did Your Time – 5 Facts About Indiana’s Second Chance Law

You Did the Crime, You Did Your Time – 5 Facts About Indiana’s Second Chance Law Back in the dark ages in Indiana (before July, 2013), it didn’t matter what you did. If you were convicted of a crime it was on your permanent record.…
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I Shouldn’t Have Offered to Drive Her Home

Meet “Jason”, age 26 I’ll never forget that party after Jenny’s graduation open house. It should have been all happy memories. God, I wish they were. I liked Jenny’s friend Sarah. Sarah was beautiful, and fun. We would go cruising…
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Want to Erase Your Past? Now You Can in Indiana

Regret is a tough emotion to tackle. We go over the mistakes we made in the past over and over again, and we ask ourselves why we didn’t keep our mouths shut, or say no to that last drink, or stay away from those people. We’ve all made…
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I.B.S. (Irritable Bruce Syndrome)

I.B.S.  (Irritable Bruce Syndrome) I'll keep this short and sweet.  It seems like every day that I see someone on Facebook trashing some private citizen about some purely personal matter.  Let me just say this:  Doing so says more about…
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Unfairly Snoped?

Has a Muncie musician/bar owner been unfairly Snoped? I'm not sure I've ever before personally known someone who has been the subject of a Snopes item.  (Snopes.com purports to arbitrate the truth or falsity of various rumors, theories and…
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SCAMMING THE SCAMMERS

The 411 on 419's:  Scamming the scammers. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Like many cliches, this one has truth and wisdom (although if you follow it too rigidly, you'll miss out on some great all-you-can-eat buffets). Who…
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TEXTING AND...KNOWING SOMEONE'S DRIVING

TEXTING AND... SOMEONE ELSE’S DRIVING (from crisconner.com) You're texting while driving, you’ve drifted out of your lane, and -- CRASH. Your liability is a no brainer for the person (or estate) who files suit against you.  …
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DO YOU WANT YOUR ATTORNEY GAGGED?

SHOULD YOUR LAWYER BE GAGGED?An Indianapolis lawyer indicates that he is facing a disciplinary proceeding for, among other things, something he said about a judge in a private email.  If he's right, the implications may be of concern to everyone. Paul…
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Sex and Attorney Disbarment

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A LAWYER/AUTHOR SCORNED Well, maybe the disciplinary commission... An Indiana lawyer became a former lawyer by writing a tell-all book about a former client. Joseph Stork Smith was disbarred last week for, among other…
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Don't Slap the Lawyer in the Courtroom

I have joined the ranks of Americans who blog, reducing our nation's number of nonbloggers to double digits. [slogan align=]"The law is a ass" -- Mr. Bumble in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist[/slogan] Whether or not the law is an ass, its…
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Why Was A Convicted Throat-Slasher On The Loose?

WHY WAS A CONVICTED THROAT-SLASHER RELEASED FROM PRISON EARLY?On September 26, 2005 Travis Marlett, then a student at Muncie Central High School, attacked a fellow student with a knife, slashing her throat. Fourteen months later, he was sentenced…