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Opinions June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014
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The following opinions were posted after IL deadline June 6:
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Matthew Whitfield v. International Truck and Engine Corp.
13-1876
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Affirms in part and reverses in part ruling in favor of International Truck and Engine Corp. on Whitfield’s action alleging discrimination in failure to hire and violations of the Civil Rights Act. The District Court ignored some evidence or made conclusions not supported by the evidence. Remands for further proceedings.

Indiana Tax Court
Housing Partnerships, Inc. v. Tom Owens, Bartholomew County Assessor
49T10-1005-TA-23
Tax. Affirms Indiana Board of Tax Review’s holding that for the 2006 tax year, Housing Partnerships Inc. failed to show that its rental properties qualified for the charitable purposes exemption provided in I.C. 6-1.1-10-16. Housing Partnerships has not demonstrated that the final determination is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or contrary to the law.

June 9
Indiana Court of Appeals

Michael Dustin Moore v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A01-1308-CR-350
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance.

Jarod G. Allred v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A01-1309-CR-393
Criminal. Reverses two convictions of Class B felony dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance. Judge Bailey dissents.

Nathaniel Baston v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A05-1311-CR-559
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

In the Matter of the Adoption of H.S. and D.S., R.S. v. V.C. and M.C. and D.S. and S.S. (NFP)
85A02-1311-AD-996
Adoption. Affirms order granting petitions to adopt H.S. and D.S.

In the Matter of Commitment of E.L., E.L. v. Indiana University Health-Bloomington Hospital and Terri Klingelhoefer, MA, LSW (NFP)
53A05-1311-MH-571
Mental health. Dismisses appeal of temporary involuntary commitment since the commitment ended Jan. 13.

Bageera Taylor, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A04-1307-CR-328
Criminal. Reverses sentence for Class D felonies strangulation and residential entry and remands for further proceedings. Judge Robb dissents.

The Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court posted no opinions Monday prior to IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions Monday before IL deadline.

 

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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