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Opinions Oct. 24, 2012

October 24, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Leslie Ann Grider v. State of Indiana
48A02-1112-CR-1156
Criminal. Reverses 19-year sentence following guilty pleas to two counts of Class C felony forgery, four counts of Class D felony theft, and two counts of Class D felony check fraud. The language of the plea agreement indicates the parties’ intention that the trial court would impose concurrent sentences on all counts regardless of the separate cause numbers. Orders Grider’s sentences to be concurrent for a total of eight years.

Rick Singleton, et al. v. Fifth Third Bank
71A04-1202-MF-83
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses ruling in favor of Fifth Third Bank on its renewed motion for entry of agreed final judgment. Based upon the forbearance agreement and a directive to wire funds to make the final payment, Singleton’s payment was not untimely and did not constitute a termination event under the forbearance agreement. Remands for further proceedings.

Harry E. Knauff, Jr. and Carolyn R. Knauff v. Nathan T. Hovermale and Sarah E. Hovermale
52A05-1111-PL-584
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment quieting title in certain real property in the names of the Hovermales following a bench trial. The Knauffs didn’t show that the trial court clearly erred when it concluded that they failed to establish the control element of adverse possession. Judge Kirsch dissents without opinion.

Lonnie D. Covey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
90A02-1204-CR-284
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class C felony forgery.

Lamar Herron, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A04-1201-CR-58
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Joshua C. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1203-CR-130
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for five counts of child molesting, three as Class A felonies and two as Class C felonies; one count of Class C felony child exploitation; one count of Class D felony possession of child pornography; and two counts of Class D felony dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

Robert V. Kirts v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1202-CR-122
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felonies operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death and failure to stop after an accident resulting in death.

 

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  1. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  2. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  3. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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