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Opinions Aug. 4, 2010

August 4, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Wells Fargo Insurance v. Bruce A. Land

48A02-0911-CV-1099
Civil. Affirms Land is entitled to commission on all of his 2005 crop-year policies. By Feb. 2, 2006, the date of Land’s resignation, the sales had been consummated, and his right to the 2005 crop-year commissions had fully accrued, subject only to receipt of the premium payments. The trial court erred by not deducting the amount Land received as commission from JS Crop for his 2005 crop-insurance sales and by allowing him to keep $6,000 paid to him in draw in 2006 because it would be a windfall he’s not entitled to. Land is entitled to attorney fees and appellate attorney fees attributable to his recovery of unpaid wages. Remands with instructions.

Justin Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1001-CR-6
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder, two counts of Class C felony robbery, Class C felony attempted robbery, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Aaron D. Ellis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1001-CR-56
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Jason T. Fabini v. Joanne M. Fabini (NFP)
02A03-1003-DR-152
Domestic relation. Affirms order granting Jason Fabini’s motion to modify child support.

Edward Ray Kind v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1003-CR-291
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, one count of Class A felony possession of cocaine, and one count of Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Robert L. Terry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0910-CR-993
Criminal. Grants petition for rehearing for the sole purpose of remanding the case to the trial court for clarification on whether the trial court’s order to suspended Terry’s driving privileges for a fixed period of two years and 90 days was contrary to law.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. Oh, the name calling was not name calling, it was merely social commentary making this point, which is on the minds of many, as an aside to the article's focus: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100111082327AAmlmMa Or, if you prefer a local angle, I give you exhibit A in that analysis of viva la difference: http://fox59.com/2015/03/16/moed-appears-on-house-floor-says-hes-not-resigning/

  2. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  3. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  4. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  5. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

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