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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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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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