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Opinions May 14, 2014

May 14, 2014
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Indiana Supreme Court
State of Indiana v. Tammy Sue Harper
79S02-1405-CR-334
Criminal. Affirms grant of Harper’s motion for a sentence modification sought more than 365 days after she was originally sentenced. The prosecutor’s conduct and communications adequately conveyed the “approval of the prosecuting attorney” required in I.C. 35-38-1-17(b).

Indiana Court of Appeals
Kenneth B. Hutslar v. State of Indiana (NFP)
38A02-1310-CR-877
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of a cellular telephone or device while incarcerated.

Wachovia Bank N.A., as Trustee for the Registered Holders of GSRPM 2004-1 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates v. Yevonne Corpening a/k/a Yevonne R. Corpening; Sovereign Bank, et. al. (NFP)

49A04-1308-MF-397
Mortgage foreclosure.  Reverses trial court judgment that determined Wachovia is not an equitable assignee of a mortgage despite the fact the bank held a note corresponding to the mortgage.

In re the Matter of the Guardianship and Estate of Jay Carver, an adult v. Margaret Ditteon (NFP)
84A01-1309-GU-409
Guardianship. Affirms denial of Carver’s request that the guardianship be terminated or a different guardian be appointed.

Richard A. Perkey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1303-CR-77
Criminal. Grants rehearing to address claims of prosecutorial misconduct and affirms Perkey’s Class B felony rape conviction.

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