COA: Man’s Actions Waived Right To Speedy Trial

first_img COA: Man’s Actions Waived Right To Speedy TrialOlviia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comAn Indiana man convicted of multiple felony drug charges lost his appeal of his lack of a speedy trial because his actions, including his failure to object to a later trial date, waived his right to such a trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.In Lawrence Benton Roper v. State of Indiana, 53A04-1607-CR-1691, Lawrence Roper was charged with various drug-related felonies, as well as a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felony and being a habitual offender. Roper, proceeding pro se, verbally requested a “fast and speedy trial” at a hearing on June 25, 2015.The parties appeared in court on Aug. 27, but the pre-trial hearing was continued to Sept. 24. At the September hearing, Roper, again proceeding pro se, requested a continuance because he had hired counsel the day before. As a result of that request, Roper signed a motion for continuance that contained a waiver of his right to a speedy trial under Criminal Rule 4.At a subsequent hearing on Nov. 19, Roper moved for another continuance of the trial, which was then reset for Feb. 22, 2016. When Roper requested a third continuance in January 2016, the trial was moved to April.At the April trial, a jury found Roper guilty of four of his six charges, and he pleaded guilty to being a habitual offender and waived his right to be sentenced within 30 days. But one month later, Roper moved to discharge his conviction, arguing the Monroe Circuit Court had failed to bring him to trial within the Criminal Rule 4(B) timeframe.The trial court denied Roper’s motion. On appeal, he argued the court had erred by doing so. But the Indiana Court of Appeals disagreed, with Judge Melissa May writing in a Friday opinion that Roper “made no effort to object or otherwise bring any violation of that speedy trial request to the court’s attention until after he was convicted in April 2016.”“He waffled about whether he was going to retain counsel at his initial hearing, at his bail review hearing, and at the hearing on August 27, 2015,” May wrote. “That August 27, 2015, hearing was mere days before the time limit would expire on Roper’s speedy trial request, and yet Roper did not object to the resetting of that hearing to date past his speedy-trial deadline.”“Furthermore, at the hearing following the expiration of the seventy-day deadline (under Criminal Rule 4(B)(1)), Roper signed a written Motion for Continuance that included a waiver of his right to a speedy trial under Criminal Rule 4,” May continued. “Roper’s conduct is inconsistent with a desire to have his case tried in a speedy manner, and acted, in conjunction with his other actions, as a waiver of his Criminal Rule 4(b) request.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Race : Division-III Cal Lutheran debuts new stadium with art gallery

first_imgA new stadium makes recruiting easier for any football program. But at Cal Lutheran University, head coach Ben McEnroe has a few extra selling points when he tells prospective athletes about the new William Rolland Stadium.He had a hand in planning, so he can explain that the Division-III Cal Lutheran football team has FieldTurf — a change from the old stadium’s natural grass and the same surface the Super Bowl is played on.He can tell them all about the environment — the new stadium took ideas from the old Clef Stadium, keeping the players and fans as close as possible to the field for a more intimate experience.Or he can point out what is perhaps the most unique feature of any football stadium — an art gallery on the premises that, when it opens Oct. 29, will feature an extensive collection of bronze statues, oil paintings, watercolors and various memorabilia donated by the stadium’s namesake and primary donator, Bill Rolland.‘The administration was delighted to get the football stadium of their dreams,’ stadium project manager Valerie Crooks said. ‘We get to have games and practices at night — something we wanted for years. It’s the complete package.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe William Rolland Stadium and Gallery of Fine Art featured its first sporting event Oct. 1, when the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen took on their rival, the Redlands Bulldogs, in the first night game in school history.It was a game that Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine called one of the top five comebacks he’d ever seen. Down 24-0 at halftime, Cal Lutheran dropped the new stadium nerves and came back with 28 unanswered points — including a last-second touchdown — to seal the first victory at William Rolland.The Cal Lutheran-Redlands rivalry has developed throughout the years because one of the two teams usually ends up as conference champion, said Mike Maynard, Redlands head coach. And with more than 3,000 people in attendance, it had a rivalry-game environment that Maynard’s team enjoyed.‘It was an environment we don’t often get,’ Maynard said. ‘We don’t often see really loud, exciting atmospheres. This game had a lot of sound, a lot of atmosphere. It was a great experience, except for that last play.’And for McEnroe, it’s a victory that he hopes will set the standard for the stadium’s future.The stadium-art gallery hybrid was born from the request of Rolland, the stadium donor and a longtime southern California resident. Rolland wanted to give his $5 million to a structure that he could watch grow and develop on campus, not a project that took years to execute. That meant the timetable would be tight.Plus, he wanted a place to display his art collection. The idea of an art gallery in the stadium was unique; it wasn’t frowned upon at all by administrators. The prospect of the art gallery being included was met with support across the board, said Crooks.So, with a deadline of the start of the fall 2011 season, contractors set out to construct the stadium and gallery. The stadium would have been open for the first home game of the season, but rain delays halted construction progress during the summer, Crooks said.The first home game, played at a local community college, was a bit of a ‘roller coaster’ for the team’s seniors, McEnroe said. The team was concerned there wouldn’t be a home field for their final season.But the city of Thousand Oaks, Calif., approved a temporary occupancy order for the facility, and the Kingsmen were able to take the field for the first time against Redlands.McEnroe wishes he could deny the excitement of the new stadium led to the Kingsmen’s poor first-half play against Redlands, but he admits the team was ‘caught up in the moment.’‘It was important from an institutional standpoint and from a historical standpoint,’ he said. ‘Fortunately, we were able to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in school history. I would be lying if I said we were able to solely focus on the game at hand. We came out awestruck, but it worked in our favor.’The stadium’s opening ceremony will take place during Cal Lutheran’s homecoming weekend Oct. 29. And although the move to the new stadium is bittersweet for those who loved Clef Stadium, McEnroe has already seen the benefits.The Kingsmen won the last football game in Clef Stadium at the end of last year, playing in front of hundreds of football alumni back in town to say goodbye to the facility. McEnroe said they ‘couldn’t write a better script’ about the end of the season.Then, the Kingsmen received the NCAA tournament seedings. They earned the No. 4 seed in the region, which meant they had home-field advantage. But they couldn’t even play in front of a home crowd at Clef because it wasn’t up to NCAA standards. It was then, he said, that McEnroe knew he and the program were ready for Rolland Stadium.‘When I saw those rankings and we couldn’t host it, I was ready for the new stadium,’ he said. ‘We’re a good team at home, and now we have an opportunity to play at home. We’re very excited about it.’[email protected] Published on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers’ offense explodes again in rout of Diamondbacks

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, scores on a single by Cody Bellinger as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila takes a late throw during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks’ Alex Avila, right, is congratulated by Zack Godley after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, is forced out at second as Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Ketel Marte throws out Chris Taylor at first during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin, whose normal position is catcher, is congratulated by Clayton Kershaw after closing out the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger tosses his bat after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, scores on a single by Cody Bellinger as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila takes a late throw during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 7Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — With millions of dollars being spent on technology to break down spin rates, horizontal and vertical breaks, biomechanics and the minutest change in body positioning, it took a 36-year-old catcher to show that maybe pitching isn’t really that hard.Russell Martin caught all 13 innings of Friday night’s six-hour marathon (the longest regular-season game in Dodgers history), returned at 3 in the afternoon Saturday to catch three more innings in Clayton Kershaw’s sim game — then ended it on the mound, retiring the side in order on 10 pitches to close out the Dodgers’ 18-5 destruction of the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night.“It would have been really tough to blow that lead. It would have been really, really tough to blow that lead,” said Martin, estimating it was his first pitching appearance in “probably close to 20 years.”And then he succumbed to the modern fascination with technology. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Diamondbacks added the laugh track to Saturday’s rout when they raised the white flag in the bottom of the seventh, sending their backup catcher to the mound first. Murphy’s first pitch floated in at 51 mph. Martin topped out at 83 mph in his clean inning then puffed out his chest.“The other guy didn’t look like he was really committed to try and throw the ball hard at all,” Martin said with a smile, injecting some catcher-on-catcher trash talk into the pitchers’ duel. “I took it a little bit more seriously than he did.”If Murphy’s strategy was to stay “under hitting speed” it didn’t work. The Dodgers scored seven runs off him in the eighth inning, piling up numbers in another offensive explosion.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Eleven Dodgers had hits in the game including pitchers Kenta Maeda and Brock Stewart each of whom had a double. Eight Dodgers drove in runs, including 11 by Justin Turner (five on a pair of two-run singles and a bases-loaded walk) and Cody Bellinger (six), who homered twice.The Dodgers have drawn 21 walks in the first three games of the season. The power has nearly kept pace with the patience. Joc Pederson, Bellinger and Austin Barnes homered Saturday, giving the Dodgers 13 to start the season (three each by Pederson and Bellinger).“I think the walks,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked which number was a more positive sign for the season ahead. “I think the idea of scaring pitchers out of the strike zone is something we believe in. You earn good pitches. When they’re afraid to throw to the white part of the plate, you’re going to get your walks and when you can slug and hit good pitches, it makes you dangerous.“When you get eight guys in a lineup and guys on the bench that can do the same thing, it’s tough to navigate our lineup.”The Diamondbacks have certainly found that to be the case. They have given up 34 runs on 42 hits (including the 13 home runs) in the first three games of the season.The season-opening series concludes Sunday with Walker Buehler making his season debut — and who knows what else. The first three games have featured a record-setting eight home runs on Opening Day, the longest regular-season game in Dodgers history and a catcher’s duel on the pitcher’s mound.“It’s sort of expect the unexpected the way these first three games have played out,” Roberts said. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I want to know what my spin rate was,” Martin said. “Everybody’s talking about spin rate. I want to know if I have a good spin rate or not.”Martin certainly fared better than his counterpart, John Ryan Murphy.Related Articleslast_img read more