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Opinions April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Ricky E. Graham v. State of Indiana
22A01-1008-PC-392
Post conviction. Grants rehearing to clarify comments made regarding the creation and preservation of evidentiary records in post-conviction relief proceedings and affirms original opinion in all respects.

Roland Ball v. State of Indiana
06A01-1007-CR-426
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class D felony sexual battery because there is insufficient evidence of sexual battery, but sufficient evidence of the lesser-included offense of battery. The state failed to prove the element of mental disability or deficiency beyond a reasonable doubt and being asleep does not constitute being mentally disabled or deficient under the statute. Remands to enter judgment for battery as a Class B misdemeanor.

The Adoption of R.S.T.; J.T. v. G.N. (NFP)
71A03-1008-AD-475
Adoption. Affirms order granting stepfather G.N.’s petition for adoption of R.S.T.

Edward P. Barsh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1009-CR-1047
Criminal. Affirms revocation of home detention.

LaTrice L. King v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A05-1007-CR-560
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony criminal confinement.

James Lee-Vaughn White, II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1009-CR-586
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Loren Sallee v. State of Indiana (NFP)
31A01-1008-CR-399
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery, Class D felony domestic battery, and Class A misdemeanor interference with reporting of a crime.

Luis Briones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1009-CR-450
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder, Class C felony criminal recklessness and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

L.R. v. Review Board (NFP)
93A02-1009-EX-1010
Civil. Affirms decision of the review board concluding that L.R. is disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits because he was discharged for just cause.

Jason Morales v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A04-1005-CR-311
Criminal. Affirms three convictions of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

Andrew S. Dugger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1008-CR-562
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class B felony possession of a dangerous device or material by a prisoner and Class C felony battery.

Napoleon Camarillo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A03-1009-CR-553
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Carl Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1007-CR-448
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony robbery, Class C felony intimidation, and Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Woody E. Sinclair v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1008-CR-443
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class C felony burglary.

Stroh Landmark, LP, et al. v. Willis Hecht (NFP)
17A03-1011-PL-631
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of Indiana Trial Rule 60(B) motion to set aside default judgment on a real estate transaction issue. Remands for further proceedings.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of C.S., et al; K.L. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
57A03-1009-JT-464
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  2. Unfortunately, the court doesn't understand the difference between ebidta and adjusted ebidta as they clearly got the ruling wrong based on their misunderstanding

  3. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

  4. I am one of Steele's victims and was taken for $6,000. I want my money back due to him doing nothing for me. I filed for divorce after a 16 year marriage and lost everything. My kids, my home, cars, money, pension. Every attorney I have talked to is not willing to help me. What can I do? I was told i can file a civil suit but you have to have all of Steelers info that I don't have. Of someone can please help me or tell me what info I need would be great.

  5. It would appear that news breaking on Drudge from the Hoosier state (link below) ties back to this Hoosier story from the beginning of the recent police disrespect period .... MCBA president Cassandra Bentley McNair issued the statement on behalf of the association Dec. 1. The association said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. “The MCBA does not believe this was a just outcome to this process, and is disheartened that the system we as lawyers are intended to uphold failed the African-American community in such a way,” the association stated. “This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.” http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2016/07/18/hate-cops-sign-prompts-controversy/87242664/

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