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Opinions April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Diane Werner v. Gregory Werner

46A03-1008-DR-447
Domestic relation. Affirms order finding it would be in the children’s best interest for their father to be their primary physical custodian and awarding mother parenting time. Diane Werner waived her argument that the court used the wrong standard in determining whether to modify custody because she didn’t object at the custody hearing. The trial court’s findings are sufficient to support its judgment under the “best interests” standard. Judge Kirsch dissents.

Larry T. Bass v. State of Indiana

63A01-1007-CR-340
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and aggregate sentence of seven years with two years suspended for Class C felony child molesting and Class C felony attempted child molesting. Touching a child’s breasts or genitals isn’t required to sustain a child molesting conviction under I.C. Section 35-42-4-3(b). The trial court didn’t err by denying Bass’ motion for a directed verdict and he waived his claim of prosecutorial misconduct. There is no fundamental error on that issue.

Gloria Benefield v. State of Indiana
41A01-1006-PC-310
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. Her trial counsel’s decision not to object to the testimony regarding Benefield’s knowledge as to whether she was a certified qualified medication aide or to Jury Instruction 6 on the definition of “defraud” wasn't ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Benefield fails to carry her burden to establish that her attorney’s failure to object to the jury instruction created prejudice sufficient to that required for a finding of ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

Warren Parks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1007-CR-358
Criminal. Affirms trial court did not abuse its discretion by denying Parks’ request to withdraw his guilty plea after he was sentenced for Class A misdemeanor check deception.

Judith Silverman and Morris Silverman v. Arden Johnson, et al. (NFP)

29A05-1006-PL-443
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment in favor of Johnson, Southern Companies Inc. and Southern Pediatrics LLC on the Silvermans’ complaint alleging, among other things, fraud, securities violations, theft, conspiracy, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Leonard J. Laraway v. Cathy A. (Laraway) Fisher (NFP)
29A05-1007-DR-430
Domestic relation. Vacates trial court order that found Leonard Laraway in arrears for child support and college expenses pursuant to a dissolution settlement agreement and in contempt for failure to make such payments. Remands with instructions to provide more specific findings on this issue or base the determination regarding Laraway’s salary and child support obligation on a signed and verified child support obligation worksheet.

Dennis Meadows v. State of Indiana (NFP)

61A01-1009-CR-483
Criminal. Affirms conviction of two counts of Class B felony burglary and one count of Class C felony burglary.

Paternity of T.B.; C.B. v. C.K. (NFP)
56A04-1008-JP-502
Juvenile. Affirms order which increased father C.K.’s parenting time with T.B. on a set schedule without imposing any restrictions on that parenting time.

Otis Chandler v. State of Indiana (NFP)

71A05-1005-PC-340
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post conviction relief.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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