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Opinions Aug. 5, 2014

August 5, 2014
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinions were posted after IL deadline Monday:
Marilyn R. Boley v. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security
13-1252
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Evansville Division. Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Vacates District Court’s dismissal of Boley’s petition for judicial review of the decision by an administrative law judge that denied her request for a hearing on the denial of benefits. Remands with instructions to decide whether substantial evidence and appropriate procedures underlie the decision that she lacks “good cause” for her delay in seeking intra-agency review. Overrules Watters v. Harris, 656 F. 2d 234 (7th Cir. 1980).

Augustus Light v. John F. Caraway, Warden
13-1554
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson.
Civil. Finds Light satisfies all three Davenport factors and was eligible to file a petition for habeas relief under the savings clause of Section 2255(e). But a consideration of the merits of his petition leads to the same conclusion as the District Court: Light is not eligible for relief.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Dustin Blythe v. State of Indiana
71A03-1306-CR-228
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order granting the state’s motion to amend the charging information. Finds that Blythe was able to present an appropriate defense to the amended charges and in fact did so from the start of his trial. Remands with instructions to vacate eight of Blythe’s nine convictions for forgery because the evidence reveals the falsified signatures were placed on the ballot petitions during a relatively short period of time in St. Joseph County and the placement of the falsified signatures was performed for a single purpose. Also orders trial court to vacate Blythe’s conviction for falsely making a petition of nomination because it is a factually lesser included offense of the forgeries.

Joshua Devine v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1312-CR-604
Criminal. Affirms 16-year sentence for Class B felony attempted robbery.  

The City of Sullivan v. North American Latex Corp, Kenneth Wayne Plummer, and Others Owning Property (NFP)
77A01-1401-PL-11
Civil plenary. Affirms order granting the remonstrance petitions of North American Latex Corp., et al., and declaring the city’s proposed annexation of an adjacent parcel to be invalid.
 

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  5. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

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