Justices take 3 cases

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The Indiana Supreme Court has granted transfer to three cases, including one that led to a split in the lower appellate court in a child support case.

In Annette (Oliver) Hirsch v. Roger Lee Oliver, No. 29S02-1109-DR-530, the Indiana Court of Appeals was split in a child support case on what state statute defines as “enrolled” in college. Father Roger Lee Oliver petitioned to have his youngest daughter emancipated after she withdrew from college courses less than two weeks after starting classes.

The majority held the trial court should have found that the daughter was enrolled in college, regardless if she completed courses or not, and that she wasn’t capable of supporting herself despite having a job. Judge John Baker dissented on the emancipation date, as the relevant statute – Indiana Code 31-16-6-6 – doesn’t define “enroll.” The judge also believed the majority reweighed evidence in coming to their decision.

In Hannah Lakes v. Grange Mutual Casualty Co., No. 89S05-1109-CT-531, the Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment for Grange Mutual, finding that Hannah Lakes was entitled to underinsured motorist coverage under her sister’s policy and that $44,900 is available to her under Grange Mutual’s coverage. Lakes was riding in the car driven by her sister Anitra when they were in a car accident. The trial court had found that the other driver was not underinsured so Lakes wasn’t entitled to UIM benefits under Anitra’s policy.

According to the transfer list, the justices also accepted Robert L. Smith v. State of Indiana, No. 49S1109-CR-529, on Aug. 10. That case did not appear before the COA.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.