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Opinions Jan. 15, 2013

January 15, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Timothy W. Plank, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Debra L. Plank, Deceased v. Community Hospitals of Indiana, Inc., and State of Indiana
49S04-1203-CT-135
Civil tort. Affirms trial court denial of Timothy Plank’s request to hold an evidentiary hearing to challenge the constitutionality of the Medical Malpractice Act. Plank forfeited his opportunity to conduct such a hearing.

Indiana Court of Appeals
George Dean King v. Kay S. King, et al.
49A02-1202-MF-73
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court’s approval of the receiver’s Verified Final Accounting relating to the receivership of eight business entities founded by George W. King and the distribution of the receivership assets among his three children. The COA rejected George Dean King’s assertion that the conveyance of Crown Associates Inc. included certain inter-company accounts receivable created by the court-appointed receiver. The COA ruled the trial court did not abuse its discretion because the siblings’ settlement agreement which transferred ownership of Crown to George Dean King did not specifically mention the accounts receivable.  

Amir H. Sanjari v. State of Indiana
20A03-1206-CR-273
Criminal. Affirms 10-year sentence for nonsupport of dependent children after resentencing ordered by the Indiana Supreme Court, holding that Amir Sanjari’s sentence was not inappropriate given Sanjari’s character and that Sanjari presented no evidence that the sentence was vindictive.

Steven Engelking v. Amy Engelking
18A02-1206-DR-495
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court judgment requiring Steven Engelking to pay child support for two children born through artificial insemination from a third-party sperm donor. The court rejected Steven Engelking’s argument that he did not knowingly and voluntarily consent to the artificial inseminations and ruled that both parents have an obligation to support the children.

Secrena D. Erwin, individually and as Mother of Sheyenne R. Jenkins, deceased v. HSBC Mortgage Services, Inc., Ian's Pointe Homeowners Association, Inc., and R&G Management Co., Inc., et al.
32A01-1202-CT-80
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of HSBC et. al. in the wrongful death action filed after the drowning of 5-year-old Sheyenne Erwin. The appeals court held that the grant of summary judgment based on lack of duty was properly granted.

J.R. v. State of Indiana
49A05-1204-JV-175
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a delinquent child for burglary, which would be a Class B felony if committed by an adult; theft, which would be a Class D felony if committed by an adult; auto theft, which would be a Class D felony if committed by an adult; and resisting law enforcement, which would be a Class A misdemeanor if committed by an adult.

John Pichon, Jr. v. American Heritage Banco, Inc., et al.
76A03-1201-PL-4
Civil plenary. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands for new trial after a judgment of $1,189,105 plus interest had been entered against John Pichon, holding the trial court erred in excluding from evidence an exhibit purporting to show Pichon repaid a $650,000 promissory note.

Designplan, Inc. and Jill D. Willey v. John R. Price and The National Bank of Indianapolis Corporation (NFP)
29A05-1203-PL-120
Civil Plenary. There was no breach of duty, and the trial court did not err by granting NBI’s motion for summary judgment.

Bin Mu v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1205-CR-310
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony criminal confinement and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Norma E. Singo, et al. v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company Americas, and Fred Shimfessel, Richard Cart, d/b/a Cart's Creative Designs and Encore Credit Corp. (NFP)
39A01-1202-MF-48
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Deutsche Bank, et al.

Kelly Lee Muncy, Kendra Marie Vondersaar, Karen Kay Muncy and Kim Sue Muncy v. Town of Avon, Indiana (NFP)
32A04-1203-OV-134
Local ordinance violation/zoning. Affirms trial court ruling that use of property for open storage violates an Avon zoning ordinance.

Pamela J. Podemski v. U.S. Bank National Association as Trustee (NFP)
20A03-1207-MF-325
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court denial of Pamela Podemski’s motion to set aside default judgment and foreclosure decree.

State of Indiana v. Jason Burkett (NFP)
09A02-1205-PC-356
Post conviction. Reverses and remands post-conviction relief court’s grant of petition for post-conviction relief.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of Tr.C., Te.C., and K.C. (Minor Children); N.C. aka N.J. (Father) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
42A04-1205-JT-273
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.


 

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  1. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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