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Opinions March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014
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The following opinions were posted after IL deadline Tuesday:
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

United States of America v. Joseph C. Brownlee
13-2745
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Judge Robert L. Miller Jr.
Criminal. Affirms conviction of being a felon in possession of a gun and sentence of 60 months in prison. In order to convict him, the government had to prove the gun had been “shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce” which it did based on the testimony by a special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Indiana Supreme Court
The Honorable Kimberly J. Brown, Judge of the Marion Superior Court
49S00-1308-JD-560
Judicial discipline. Removes Kimberly Brown from the bench immediately after finding the evidence demonstrates that Brown engaged in significant judicial misconduct. Her law license is not suspended. Justice Rucker concurs in part, believing she should be suspended for 60 days without pay and subject to a period of probation before being removed.

Wednesday’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

United States of America v. Carol Y. Woodard
12-3363
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Criminal. Finds the District Court did not abuse its discretion by not ordering a second competency evaluation because the court reached a reasonable conclusion after it reviewed a previous psychological evaluation, considered the advice of two mental health professionals, and considered Woodard’s interactions with her attorney. Finds the District Court violated the ex post facto clause at sentencing by sentencing her under the wrong version of the sentencing guidelines. Remands for resentencing.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Lyndon C. Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1304-CR-207
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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