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Opinions April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Marcus Curlin
10-3033
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Criminal. Affirms District Court’s decision to deny motion to suppress, without an evidentiary hearing, stating Marcus Curlin failed to identify any disputed issues of fact that affect the outcome of the motion.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Melissa Kay Sneed v. State of Indiana
16A01-1010-CR-544
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to reduce bail. Affirms amount of bail, but reverses court’s decision to require cash-only payment of bail, ruling court abused its discretion. Remands for further proceedings.

BP Products North America, et al. v. Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, et al.
93A02-0905-EX-490
Civil. Affirms Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s order, as it pertains to the contract with the City of Whiting. Reverses commission’s order as it applies to contracts with U.S. Steel, Ineos, Praxair, and Marsulex, stating the commission erred in its interpretation of the controlling statutes and case law. Remands with instructions that the commission vacate this portion of the order.

Richard Sigo, Jr. v. Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Co.
25A03-1008-PL-406
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s finding that the probative value of Richard Sigo’s criminal trial for arson and acquittal was substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice to insurer.

Anthony Price, Jr. v. State of Indiana
79A05-1007-CR-529
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, and Class A felony conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine. States that the 40-year sentence is appropriate, given Price’s past felony record.

Sharon S. York, et al. v. Donald Fredrick, et al.
42A01-1008-PL-420
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of the Yorks’ claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress and grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants. The trial court did not err in granting summary judgment for the defendants as to the Yorks’ claims of breach of fiduciary relationship, gross negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Affirms trial court’s decision to deny the Yorks’ motion to strike the supplement to fact and reply brief filed by Robert Evans and Sexton Wilbert and the Yorks’ motion to reconsider granting leave to the defendants to file supplement to facts and reply brief.

Barry T. Owens v. State of Indiana
12A04-1008-CR-522
Criminal. Affirms sentence for two counts of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and one count of Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, stating trial court did not abuse its discretion when it failed to hold a hearing to determine ability to reimburse the Public Defender Fund at the time of initial sentencing.

Allan B. Zukerman, et al. v. Robert L. Montgomery, et al.
49A02-1006-CC-803
Civil collection. Reverses trial court’s order granting motions to enforce a mediated settlement agreement on the basis that the settlement agreement is not sufficiently definite and certain so that the intention of the parties may be ascertained. Remands for further proceedings.

Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Gloria D. Tussey (NFP)
45A03-1005-CT-234
Civil tort. Affirms award of $100,000 in damages for underinsured motorist benefits claim.

Jerry Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-916
Criminal. Vacates order of restitution and remands for determination of appropriate restitution amount.

Dametrick M. Gray v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1008-CR-465
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery.

Eric Nevels v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1006-CR-961
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, Class A felony conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine, and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Kurtis Shorter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1010-CR-551
Criminal. Affirms sentences for Class D felony resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor operating while license is suspended, and Class B misdemeanor of failure to stop after property damage accident.

Malcolm Armour v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-879
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s denial of demand for trial setting and motion to transport defendant to Marion County Jail for purpose of trial preparation and competency evaluation. Remands for further proceedings.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of K.V.; P.V. v. IDCS (NFP)
64A04-1004-JT-236
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms trial court’s determination that the mother freely and voluntarily relinquished her parental rights.

Calvert Byrd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1009-CR-456
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor battery and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.

Zuryzaday J. Flores v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1008-CR-485
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony criminal deviate conduct and Class B felony burglary.

Margaret Roupp, et al. v. Robert Roupp (NFP)
41A01-1007-MI-335
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s denial of Family and Social Services Administration’s motion to correct error, and remands with instructions to vacate spousal support order.

Renee Wilson v. Indiana Horse Racing Commission (NFP)
49A02-1011-MI-1303
Miscellaneous. Affirms order dismissing with prejudice the petition for judicial review of a decision of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission granting Wilson only a conditional horse racing trainer’s license containing the restriction that the horses she trained be stabled in Indiana.

Marlonda Tigner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-906
Criminal. Affirms sentence following conviction of Class D felony theft and adjudication as an habitual offender.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. I don't agree that this is an extreme case. There are more of these people than you realize - people that are vindictive and/or with psychological issues have clogged the system with baseless suits that are costly to the defendant and to taxpayers. Restricting repeat offenders from further abusing the system is not akin to restricting their freedon, but to protecting their victims, and the court system, from allowing them unfettered access. From the Supreme Court opinion "he has burdened the opposing party and the courts of this state at every level with massive, confusing, disorganized, defective, repetitive, and often meritless filings."

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  3. He called our nation a nation of cowards because we didn't want to talk about race. That was a cheap shot coming from the top cop. The man who decides who gets the federal government indicts. Wow. Not a gentleman if that is the measure. More importantly, this insult delivered as we all understand, to white people-- without him or anybody needing to explain that is precisely what he meant-- but this is an insult to timid white persons who fear the government and don't want to say anything about race for fear of being accused a racist. With all the legal heat that can come down on somebody if they say something which can be construed by a prosecutor like Mr Holder as racist, is it any wonder white people-- that's who he meant obviously-- is there any surprise that white people don't want to talk about race? And as lawyers we have even less freedom lest our remarks be considered violations of the rules. Mr Holder also demonstrated his bias by publically visiting with the family of the young man who was killed by a police offering in the line of duty, which was a very strong indicator of bias agains the offer who is under investigation, and was a failure to lead properly by letting his investigators do their job without him predetermining the proper outcome. He also has potentially biased the jury pool. All in all this worsens race relations by feeding into the perception shared by whites as well as blacks that justice will not be impartial. I will say this much, I do not blame Obama for all of HOlder's missteps. Obama has done a lot of things to stay above the fray and try and be a leader for all Americans. Maybe he should have reigned Holder in some but Obama's got his hands full with other problelms. Oh did I mention HOlder is a bank crony who will probably get a job in a silkstocking law firm working for millions of bucks a year defending bankers whom he didn't have the integrity or courage to hold to account for their acts of fraud on the United States, other financial institutions, and the people. His tenure will be regarded by history as a failure of leadership at one of the most important jobs in our nation. Finally and most importantly besides him insulting the public and letting off the big financial cheats, he has been at the forefront of over-prosecuting the secrecy laws to punish whistleblowers and chill free speech. What has Holder done to vindicate the rights of privacy of the American public against the illegal snooping of the NSA? He could have charged NSA personnel with violations of law for their warrantless wiretapping which has been done millions of times and instead he did not persecute a single soul. That is a defalcation of historical proportions and it signals to the public that the government DOJ under him was not willing to do a damn thing to protect the public against the rapid growth of the illegal surveillance state. Who else could have done this? Nobody. And for that omission Obama deserves the blame too. Here were are sliding into a police state and Eric Holder made it go all the faster.

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