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Opinions April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Joshua McCaine Pillow v. State of Indiana
71A04-1206-CR-325
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after driving privileges had been forfeited for life. There was sufficient evidence Pillow operated a motor vehicle and his driving privileges had been forfeited for life, which is all the state is obliged to prove under I.C. 9-30-10-17.

State of Indiana v. Darrell Keck
67A01-1208-CR-362
Criminal. Affirms suppression of evidence arising from traffic stop that led to misdemeanor drunken-driving charges. The state did not have reasonable suspicion to stop Keck, who was driving left of center because of poor road conditions.

Ryan Shelby v. State of Indiana

87A01-1207-CR-313
Criminal.  Affirms convictions of murder, Class D felony obstruction of justice and two counts of Class A misdemeanor false informing. The trial court’s February 2, 2010, order regarding Shelby’s access to the crime scene was entirely reasonable. The manner in which the trial court instructed the jury did not contribute to any cumulative error. Affirms in all other respects.

Dennis Barnett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1207-PC-610
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Michael Pollack v. State of Indiana (NFP)

84A04-1207-CR-374
Criminal. Affirms probation revocation and order that Pollack serve 464 previously suspended days.

In Re the Marriage of: Lisa C. Medley v. Frederick A. Medley (NFP)
49A04-1205-DR-223
Domestic relation. Affirms finding of contempt against the mother based on her interference with the father’s parenting time, and affirms the determination of father’s child support obligation. Reverses finding that mother was in contempt for claiming children as dependent exemptions on taxes. Remands for further proceedings.

Robert L. Johnson, Barbara Johnson, Peace Building Communities, The Professional Groups of the Millennium, LTD., and God's New Covenant Church v. Peace Baptist Church, Inc. (NFP)
45A03-1206-CT-285
Civil tort. Affirms order in favor of Peace Baptist Church, finding Robert and Barbara Johnson liable of conversion. Remands for a determination on Robert Johnson’s counterclaim for malicious prosecution.

Inner Circle Properties, LLC v. Jeffrey Beeks (NFP)

35A02-1210-SC-885
Small claim. Reverses denial of Inner Circle’s claim for $250 in attorney or collection fees and remands with instructions.

Wanda Strickler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1208-CR-408
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony trafficking with an inmate.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued to Indiana decisions prior to IL deadline.
 

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  1. Just an aside, but regardless of the outcome, I 'm proud of Judge William Hughes. He was the original magistrate on the Home place issue. He ruled for Home Place, and was primaried by Brainard for it. Their tool Poindexter failed to unseat Hughes, who won support for his honesty and courage throughout the county, and he was reelected Judge of Hamilton County's Superior Court. You can still stand for something and survive. Thanks, Judge Hughes!

  2. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  3. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  4. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  5. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

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