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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. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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