Court opinions

Woman entitled to inherit estate, judges affirm

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a woman was the sole heir of an estate as the only daughter, finding there was sufficient evidence for the claim and denying the deceased man’s sisters’ request for a DNA test.
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Appellate court defines rules of police stops

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a man’s tendered jury instruction was a mistake of law and not a mistake of fact and upheld his conviction of felony resisting law enforcement by fleeing. The judges then outlined what fleeing law enforcement means and what rights police officers and drivers have to determine location of stops.
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Man who was visiting friend not subject to illegal search

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
A man who was visiting a friend when police found him in possession of a handgun was not a victim of an illegal search, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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COA: Trainer who had license suspended denied due process

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
A woman was denied due process after she had her athletic trainers’ license suspended for having a sexual relationship with one of her clients, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. Even though she did not attend her hearing, her attorney did and the complaint she filed should not have been dismissed.
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7th Circuit affirms COA sentence in split decision

April 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision the Indiana Court of Appeals did not make any error in federal law when it upheld a man’s consecutive 40-year sentences for three convictions of child molestation.
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Justices reinstate termination order COA reversed

April 26, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday affirmed a trial court order terminating parental rights to twin girls who were removed from the home in 2011 at age 8. A divided Court of Appeals previously reversed the trial court, finding insufficient evidence to merit termination.
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COA: Video testimony from protected person allowed at trial

April 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a man’s Level 5 felony battery conviction despite admission of a videotaped interview from a protected person into evidence and allowing three people to testify about their interactions with that protected person.
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COA affirms denial of rescission of lifetime license ban

April 26, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man failed to persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals to restore his driving privileges after a trial court rejected his petition for rescission of a lifetime suspension.
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COA: Jury replay of 911 call within court’s discretion

April 26, 2016
Dave Stafford
A trial court was within its discretion to allow a jury to rehear a recording of a 911 call during deliberations, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in affirming a man’s convictions of intimidation and theft.
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Supreme Court upholds felony dealing conviction

April 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed a man's conviction for Class A felony dealing in a narcotic drug within 1,000 feet of school property and being a habitual substance offender. The decision went against the Indiana Court of Appeals, which overturned his conviction based on lack of evidence.
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7th Circuit: Woman who lost case still entitled to attorney fees

April 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
A plaintiff who lost a breach of contract and negligence suit is entitled to attorney fees in the case after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that said the company she sued engaged in “obstreperous discovery behavior.”
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7th Circuit reverses ruling in favor of prison guard

April 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a District Court decision that dismissed a prisoner’s First Amendment claims and granted immunity to the guard mentioned in his Eighth Amendment claims.
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Iran summons Swiss ambassador over US Supreme Court ruling

April 26, 2016
 Associated Press
The Iranian foreign ministry has summoned Switzerland's ambassador to Tehran over a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court against Iran, state TV reported Tuesday.
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Supreme Court clarifies employment discrimination case

April 25, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court clarified an employment discrimination case Friday afternoon in one of the last opinions written by retiring Justice Brent Dickson. The decision explained when summary judgment should be used and what courts should be looking for when deciding such cases, ultimately affirming the Court of Appeals.
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COA: Federal statute supersedes state one

April 22, 2016
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a federal statute supersedes a state one regarding the time period in which to sue and thus reversed a decision from the trial court which denied a company’s motion to dismiss a claim against it for breach of contract.
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COA: Time expired in bringing criminal trial

April 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a man’s felony and misdemeanor charges after it found the state did not bring him to trial within a 365-day time period.
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Justices find man did not waive his right to jury trial

April 21, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court reversed and remanded a man’s conviction for Class D felony domestic battery after it found his silence did not constitute a waiver to right of trial by jury.
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Sued company should get attorney fees, COA rules

April 21, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a company that dropped a lawsuit against another for breach of warranty must still pay attorney fees of the company they sued.
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COA majority: Conditional language is still a threat

April 21, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a man’s conviction for Class A misdemeanor intimidation in a 2-1 decision after it found the conditional language he used in the threat placed his victim in danger of retaliation for a lawful act.
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COA: Man’s habeas petition should be dismissed

April 20, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals remanded a man’s petition for habeas corpus and ordered the trial court to dismiss his claims after the judges said he improperly filed his petition without permission from the court.
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7th Circuit: Prisoner denied due process

April 20, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a prisoner could not defend the possession of heroin charge against him and thus remanded his case for rehearing.
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Supreme Court declines to rule on legislative emails case

April 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed dismissal of a case where the Energy and Policy Institute requested copies of correspondences from state Rep. Eric Koch under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act. The court said while APRA can be applied to the General Assembly, the specific issue of whether Koch’s emails are exempt from disclosure in this case under the work product exemption is non-justiciable.
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COA: Minor lacks standing in suit against health department

April 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals found a minor was not in danger of sustaining injury from storage of her dried blood spot by the Indiana Department of Health and therefore lacked standing to bring a lawsuit, affirming the judgment of the Marion Superior Court.
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COA: Man entitled to full length of disability benefits

April 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a workers’ compensation board decision and found a man was entitled to the full amount of temporary total disability he requested. His employer did not provide him notice about what would happen if he refused the sedentary job he was offered and the judges held he did not waive the issue.
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COA: Decision will not have ‘unintended consequences’

April 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals said a decision in a case that allows prisoners in an offender work program to enforce the statutory wage requirement would not have “unintended consequences” and reaffirmed its decision on rehearing.
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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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