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Opinions April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
In re the Order for the Payment of Attorney Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses, State of Indiana v. Jeffrey Cook
48A02-1307-MI-615
Miscellaneous. Affirms order the state should pay Pendleton Correctional Facility inmate Jeffrey Cook’s appellate counsel $5,232.35 in attorney fees and expenses. I.C. 33-37-2-4, which recognizes the financial burden placed on counties containing state correctional facilities, and shifts the burden to the state to pay both trial and appellate costs.

State Farm Fire & Casualty Company a/s/o Kenneth Burkhart v. H.H. Niswander
35A02-1307-CT-638
Civil tort. Affirms dismissal of complaint of negligence against H.H. Niswander and award of attorney fees to the car dealership. There was no evidence in the cause-and-origin report that H.H. Niswander was negligent or that the oil change performed by H.H. Niswander caused the car fire. There was no evidence supporting State Farm’s allegations that H.H. Niswander was negligent or caused the fire. Despite this lack of evidence, State Farm pursued the case.

K.L. v. E.H.
29A02-1308-MI-681
Miscellaneous. Affirms order granting the petition for visitation filed by E.H., the paternal grandfather of K.L.’s child. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in excluding the testimony Mother wished to elicit from a mediator regarding visitation. The trial court acknowledged the limited contact mother had with E.H.’s family, the grandfather’s experience caring for and raising children, and that there was no evidence L.L. would be unsafe in his care. Judge Robb concurs in part and dissents in part.

Abelardo Perez-Romero v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1307-CR-290
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting.

Matthew McKinney v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1309-CR-399
Criminal. Affirms 30-year aggregate sentence following guilty plea to two counts of dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, one as a Class A felony and one as a Class B felony; and Class C felony dealing in marijuana.

Roger T. Fox v. State of Indiana (NFP)
52A02-1307-IF-608
Infraction. Affirms citation for failing to wear a seatbelt under I.C. 9-19-10-2.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: G.G. (Minor Child), And A.S. (Mother) & G.G., Jr. (Father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
18A05-1308-JT-418
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Risha Warren v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Springs Valley Community School Corp. (NFP)
93A02-1311-EX-949
Agency action. Affirms denial of unemployment benefits.

Antione Marshall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A05-1308-CR-425
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Marshall serve his previously suspended sentence.

Zar Dyson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1302-CR-135
Criminal. Affirms that the trial court properly denied Dyson’s motion to strike an amended charging information and acted within its discretion in refusing to give his tendered jury instruction that defined “recklessly.” Concludes that the evidence was sufficient to support Dyson’s convictions for intimidation and pointing a firearm. The conviction and sentence for the lesser offense—pointing a firearm—must be set aside on double jeopardy grounds because there was a reasonable possibility that the jury used the exact same evidence to convict Dyson of both offenses. Affirms 20-year aggregate sentence, except for the erroneous sentence imposed for pointing a firearm. Judge Crone concurs in part and dissents in part.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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