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Opinions April 25, 2012

April 25, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Emilio Martino v. Western & Southern Financial Group
12-1855
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for Western & Southern Financial Group on Martino’s lawsuit for religious discrimination and defamation. Martino’s evidence neither calls into doubt W&S’s explanation for his discharge – that he did not provide documents verifying his eligibility for employment in the U.S. – nor establishes a prima facie case of defamation.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Martin Meehan v. State of Indiana
71A04-1209-CR-453
Criminal. Reverses Class C felony burglary conviction and resulting habitual offender enhancement because there is no evidence that would support an inference that Meehan’s DNA was found on a glove because he handled it during the burglary, as opposed to some other time.

James Edwin Goris v. State of Indiana (NFP)

87A01-1209-CR-442
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalence between 0.08 and 0.15, and Class C infraction failure to obey a stop sign at a through highway.

Walter Fisk v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1208-CR-646
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor battery and Class B misdemeanor unauthorized entry of a motorized vehicle.

Antonio A. Burgos, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1209-CR-461
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of marijuana.

Charles E. Justise, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1209-PC-736
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Jessica and Gerson Urbina v. Tina Klinkose-Kyler, Laronda Southworth and A Bond of Life Adoptions, LLC (NFP)

06A01-1210-CT-464
Civil tort. Reverses dismissal of the Urbinas’ lawsuit against ABLA for damages in a failed adoption process. Remands for reinstatement of the complaint.

Richard J. Bond v. Knox County Drainage Board and Dick Vermillion, As Knox County Surveyor (NFP)
42A01-1209-PL-422
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of Bond’s petition for judicial review for failure to state a claim.

Brenda Varo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1203-CR-144
Criminal. Grants rehearing to address an issue raised in Varo’s appeal on a jury instruction on criminal gang activity, but that the error, if any, was waived. Reaffirms original decision.

E. Paul Haste v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A05-1207-CR-378
Criminal. Grants state’s petition for rehearing, vacates the portion of opinion denying a hearing on restitution and remands for a new hearing on restitution.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. 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?

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

  3. 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.

  4. My dear Smith, I was beginning to fear, from your absense, that some Obrien of the Nanny State had you in Room 101. So glad to see you back and speaking truth to power, old chum.

  5. here is one from Reason magazine. these are not my words, but they are legitimate concerns. http://reason.com/blog/2010/03/03/fearmongering-at-the-splc quote: "The Southern Poverty Law Center, which would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds, has issued a new "intelligence report" announcing that "an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) -- a 244% jump." To illustrate how dangerous these groups are, the Center cites some recent arrests of right-wing figures for planning or carrying out violent attacks. But it doesn't demonstrate that any of the arrestees were a part of the Patriot milieu, and indeed it includes some cases involving racist skinheads, who are another movement entirely. As far as the SPLC is concerned, though, skinheads and Birchers and Glenn Beck fans are all tied together in one big ball of scary. The group delights in finding tenuous ties between the tendencies it tracks, then describing its discoveries in as ominous a tone as possible." --- I wonder if all the republicans that belong to the ISBA would like to know who and why this outfit was called upon to receive such accolades. I remember when they were off calling Trent Lott a bigot too. Preposterous that this man was brought to an overwhelmingly republican state to speak. This is a nakedly partisan institution and it was a seriously bad choice.

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