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Opinins July 8, 2011

July 8, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
John A. Logan v. Donna Wilkins, M.D., et. al.
10-1415
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Affirms decision of district court that Logan is not entitled to amend his initial complaint, holding that he had already been given the opportunity to do so but had not amended.

The Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Stacey R. Huddleston, Jr. v. State of Indiana
20A05-1012-PC-813
Post-conviction relief petition. Reverses murder conviction, holding that while Huddleston had pleaded guilty to murder, he clearly and unequivocally stated during the factual basis colloquy that he did not intend for the victim to be killed, nor did he anticipate that another party would kill the victim.

Doe Corporation v. Lolita C. Honore, et al.
49A05-1007-MI-408
Miscellaneous. Clarifies a previous opinion at the request of Honore.

Kelly Barngrover v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-CR-1270
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony neglect of a dependent. Reverses conviction for Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, holding the state had not proved the paraphernalia would have been discovered during a lawful inventory search of Barngrover’s vehicle.

Jason L. Foltz v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1011-CR-614
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Ashley Storm v. Kyle Storm (NFP)
32A01-1010-DR-535
Divorce resolution. Affirms trial court’s decision to bar Ashley Storm’s boyfriend from contact with her children, citing his prior domestic battery charge. Remands to trial court for recalculation and distribution of marital estate, citing improper valuation of assets and remands for explanation of deviation from parenting time guidelines.

Doe Corporation v. Lolita C. Honore, et al.

49A05-1007-MI-408
Miscellaneous. Clarifies a previous opinion at the request of Honore.

Rollander Enterprises, Inc. and Indy Investments, LLC v. H.C. Nutting Company (NFP)
15A01-1008-CC-430
Collections. Affirms trial court’s judgment in favor of H.C. Nutting Company.

The Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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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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