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Opinions April 18, 2013

April 18, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Johnnie C. Collins
12-3317
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress evidence in drug case in which Collins entered a conditional plea of guilty to possession of crack with intent to distribute and possession of powder cocaine with intent to distribute.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Casey Walker v. State of Indiana
76A04-1204-CR-207
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony manufacturing methamphetamine and 30-year sentence. Walker has failed to establish that his mother was incompetent to give consent to search the residence. Moreover, there was undisputed testimony at trial that Walker’s wife gave verbal consent to search the residence, and Walker points to no evidence that he explicitly told the police that they could not enter his residence. Finds the police had consent to search the residence, and the trial court did not err by admitting the evidence.

TPUSA, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development
93A02-1207-EX-605
Agency action. Reverses the liability administrative law judge’s determination that TPUSA owes $125,666.33 to the Department of Workforce Development in unemployment insurance contributions, interest and penalties for 2010 when TPUSA had no employees in Indiana and paid no wages here. Holds that where an employer has ceased business operations in Indiana, no longer pays wages or has any employees in the state, and files accurate reports with the Department indicating such, this may be considered “reasonable cause,” as required by Indiana Code 22-4-11-4(b), so as to allow for an adjustment (i.e., reduction) in the amount of the estimated contribution. Remands for a $200 fine to be imposed.

William Wressell v. R.L. Turner Corporation
06A01-1301-PL-5
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment in favor of R.L. Turner Corp. on Wressell’s lawsuit claiming he was significantly underpaid for his work on two public works projects. RLTC is not entitled to attorney fees. The trial court abused its discretion in striking paragraphs 12-18 of Morrhead’s affidavit regarding fringe benefits. The designated evidence generates a genuine issue of material fact regarding whether some of Wressell’s work for RLTC was as a skilled carpenter or skilled laborer and on the question of payment of fringe benefits.

J.S. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1209-JV-490
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication of Class D felony resisting law enforcement if committed by an adult.

Tory Simmers v. United Farm Family Mutual Insurance Company (NFP)
17A04-1211-CT-577
Civil tort. Affirms insurer is entitled to $5,000 set off and summary judgment.

Scott Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)

44A05-1207-PC-376
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Tyronne J. Noel v. State of Indiana (NFP)

87A01-1211-CR-525
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor reckless driving for passing a stopped school bus.

Maximilian Spiegel v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1208-CR-687
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony child molesting.

Mark Vickery v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1209-CR-740
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Timothy J. Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1209-PC-476
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Jane M. Burkart v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A03-1211-CR-465
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation for failure to pay restitution.

Maura Leonard v. David Leonard (NFP)
49A04-1208-DR-439
Domestic relation. Affirms property distribution order in dissolution of marriage. The trial court erred in awarding the vehicle to the parties’ adult child and $4,000 in cash should have been included in the marital estate, but those errors were harmless. Declines to set aside dissolution decree.

Jevante Lancaster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1208-CR-635
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and placement in Marion County Criminal Corrections.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no decisions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

  2. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds. And to those bakers, photographers, printers, clerks, judges and others who will lose careers and social standing for not saluting the New World (Dis)Order, we can all direct our Two Minutes of Hate as Big Brother asks of us. Progress! Onward!

  3. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  4. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  5. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

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