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Opinions Aug. 22, 2014

August 22, 2014
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Indiana Tax Court
Indianapolis Racquet Club, Inc. v. Marion County Assessor
49T10-1201-TA-1
Property tax. Affirms Indiana Board of Tax Review finding that Indianapolis Racquet Club Inc. failed to establish a prima facie case that its 2002 assessments were excessive or that they were not uniform and equal.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael W. Cash v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1402-CR-94
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Cleveland Walker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1312-CR-508
Criminal. Dismisses as untimely filed a motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Erik A. Lenning v. Wendy K. Short (NFP)
49A02-1312-DR-1009
Domestic relation. Affirms order of custody in favor of Wendy K. Short.

Corey A. Craig v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1311-PC-568
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief.

Tiese Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1312-CR-1066
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor prostitution and Class C misdemeanor public nudity.

Jihand Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1401-CR-6
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Elias Terrazas v. Alfonso Menchaca (NFP)
45A03-1309-PL-382
Civil plenary. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands. Majority affirms judgment in favor of Menchaca on his counterclaim and denial of Terrazas’ request for attorney fees. Reverses determination that Terrazas was entitled to set off half the rent collected after June 2010 against the judgment in favor of Menchaca. Remands to the trial court to correct the amount of judgment in favor of Menchaca and to calculate post-judgment interest owed ot Terrazas. Judge Paul Mathias dissents from the majority conclusion that the agreement between Menchaca and Terrazas is enforceable and from the majority conclusion that Terrazas should not receive credit in the amount of half the rental income Menchaca received.

Sammie L. Booker-El v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1312-CR-1012
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of child-molesting convictions as an unauthorized successive petition for post-conviction relief.

In Re the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of Jac.B., Je.B., Jam.B., M.H., and A.B. (Minor Children) and B.B. (Mother) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)

33A01-1401-JT-40
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Eddie T. Crider v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1401-CR-11
Criminal. Affirms denial of a motion to withdraw a guilty plea on a charge of Class A felony dealing in cocaine.


 

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  1. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  2. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  3. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

  4. Duncan, It's called the RIGHT OF ASSOCIATION and in the old days people believed it did apply to contracts and employment. Then along came title vii.....that aside, I believe that I am free to work or not work for whomever I like regardless: I don't need a law to tell me I'm free. The day I really am compelled to ignore all the facts of social reality in my associations and I blithely go along with it, I'll be a slave of the state. That day is not today......... in the meantime this proposed bill would probably be violative of 18 usc sec 1981 that prohibits discrimination in contracts... a law violated regularly because who could ever really expect to enforce it along the millions of contracts made in the marketplace daily? Some of these so-called civil rights laws are unenforceable and unjust Utopian Social Engineering. Forcing people to love each other will never work.

  5. I am the father of a sweet little one-year-old named girl, who happens to have Down Syndrome. To anyone who reads this who may be considering the decision to terminate, please know that your child will absolutely light up your life as my daughter has the lives of everyone around her. There is no part of me that condones abortion of a child on the basis that he/she has or might have Down Syndrome. From an intellectual standpoint, however, I question the enforceability of this potential law. As it stands now, the bill reads in relevant part as follows: "A person may not intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion . . . if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome or a potential diagnosis of Down syndrome." It includes similarly worded provisions abortion on "any other disability" or based on sex selection. It goes so far as to make the medical provider at least potentially liable for wrongful death. First, how does a medical provider "know" that "the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion SOLELY" because of anything? What if the woman says she just doesn't want the baby - not because of the diagnosis - she just doesn't want him/her? Further, how can the doctor be liable for wrongful death, when a Child Wrongful Death claim belongs to the parents? Is there any circumstance in which the mother's comparative fault will not exceed the doctor's alleged comparative fault, thereby barring the claim? If the State wants to discourage women from aborting their children because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis, I'm all for that. Purporting to ban it with an unenforceable law, however, is not the way to effectuate this policy.

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