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Appellant's Brief in Nevin Brooks v. State

Appellant's Brief in Nevin Brooks v. State

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IN THEINDIANA COURT OF APPEALS __________________________CAUSE NO. 49A04-0911-CR-000651NEVIN BROOKS, ) Appeal from the) Marion County Superior Court,Appellant ) Criminal Division 05)v. ) Lower Court Cause Numbers) 49G05-0907-MR-061072) 49D09-0812-JD-004015STATE OF INDIANA, )) The Honorable Grant Hawkins,Appellee ) Judge)) The Honorable Robert Altice, Jr.,) Special Judge
 
APPELLANT’S BRIEF
 
VICTORIA L. BAILEY, #24082-49Marion County Public Defender Agency151 N. Delaware, Suite 200Indianapolis, IN 46204(317) 327-4488vbailey@indygov.org Attorney for Appellant
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ......................................................................................... ivSTATEMENT OF THE ISSUES ....................................................................................1STATEMENT OF THE CASE .......................................................................................2CAUSE NUMBER 49D09-0812-JD-004015 ......................................................2CAUSE NUMBER 49G05-0907-MR-061072 ....................................................3STATEMENT OF THE FACTS .....................................................................................4Waiver Hearing
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Cause No. 49D09-0812-004015 ........................................4Probable Cause ...................................................................................4Best Interests ......................................................................................6Pre-Trial, Trial, and Sentencing
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Cause No. 49G05-0907-MR-061072 ........ 11Pre-Trial/Motion to Suppress ............................................................ 11Trial ................................................................................................... 15Sentencing ........................................................................................ 18SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENTS .......................................................................... 21ARGUMENTS ......................................................................................................... 23I. The juvenile court abused its discretion by waiving jurisdiction over Brooks .................................................................... 23II. The trial court erred in admitting the bullet found in
Brooks’ pocket when the law enforcement officer lacked
 
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reasonable suspicion to conduct the pat down of Brooks inviolation of the Fourth Amendment ................................................. 29III. The trial court erred in admitting the bullet found in
Brooks’ pocket when the law enforcement officer who
 patted Brooks down acted unreasonably under the totalityof the circumstances pursuant to Article I, Section 11 of theIndiana Constitution ......................................................................... 36IV.
The trial court erred in denying Brooks’ motion for a mistrial
 because Officer Cantrell gave testimony which constitutedevidentiary harpoons and they placed Brooks in grave peril ............. 39V. The State presented insufficient evidence to sustain
Brooks’ conviction
............................................................................ 45VI.
Brooks’ 55
-year sentence is inappropriate in light of hischaracter and the nature of the offense ........................................... 48CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 51WORD COUNT CERTIFICATE .................................................................................. 52CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE ....................................................................................... 52ABSTRACT OF JUDGMENT ...................................................................... end of brief 

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