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Opinions April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Wachovia Financial Services, Inc. v. Dune Harbor, LLC, et al.
64A03-1008-MF-415
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses summary judgment order that a vendor lien was created in favor of and in force for Lefty’s Co-Ho Landing when Wachovia recorded its mortgages, stating that a genuine issue of material fact remains as to whether the lien, if created, was in force. Remands for further proceedings.

Lola Austin v. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
64A04-1008-MI-514
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s affirmance of Family and Social Services Administration’s imposition of transfer penalty upon Lola Austin’s application for Medicaid nursing home benefits, based upon Austin’s payment of $35,500 to her nephew and his wife, James and Julianne Mack, prior to applying for Medicaid nursing home benefits.

Michael D. Bennett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
33A04-1010-CR-658
Criminal. Affirms sentences for Class D felony resisting law enforcement and Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of D.W., et al.; A.W. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
49A02-1009-JT-1076
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Antonio Dallas Jenkins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
68A01-1008-CR-417
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance.

Timothy Robertson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1008-CR-928
Criminal. Affirms order revoking probation and ordering that Timothy Robertson serve two years of his previously suspended sentence.

Earl Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1006-PC-305
Post conviction relief petition. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Lyle Tucker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
60A01-1010-CR-569
Criminal. Dismisses as moot Lyle Tucker’s appeal, as Tucker has already served the executed portion of his sentence.

Anthony Scott v. Saundra L. Walden (NFP)
29A05-1004-PL-250
Civil plenary. Affirms order dividing property between Anthony Scott and Saundra Walden and denies Walden’s request for appellate attorney fees.

Jeremiah Farmer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1005-CR-231
Criminal. Affirms aggregate 20-year sentence for one count of Class B felony robbery and one count of Class B felony burglary.

Marvin Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1007-CR-371
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony battery to a law enforcement officer.

Matter of the Supervised Estate of Mary Mikels (NFP)
36A05-1006-ES-429
Estate, supervised. Affirms order authorizing Jackson County Bank, the personal representative of the estate of Mary Mikels, to sell real property, pay claims, and close the estate.

Walter Wayne Bowles v. Terri E. Bowles (NFP)
30A01-1012-DR-620
Domestic relation. Reverses trial court’s order granting wife’s motion to correct error.

Company v. K.S. and Review Board (NFP)
93A02-1011-EX-1205
Civil. Affirms decision of Department of Workforce Development’s Unemployment Insurance Review Board to reinstate unemployment insurance benefits.

Michael P. Heffern v. State of Indiana (NFP)
38A05-1007-CR-462
Criminal. Affirms convictions of felony murder and Class B felony robbery.

Andrew Peters v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1011-CR-621
Criminal. Affirms order revoking probation and ordering that Andrew Peters serve the remainder of his previously suspended sentence.

Alisha Gentry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1007-CR-814
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor prostitution.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of C.H., et al.; S.H., et al. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
45A03-1009-JT-480
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

David Griffin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A05-1006-CR-438
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to admit into evidence David Griffin’s statement to police. Vacates theft conviction on double jeopardy grounds and remands to trial court to enter judgment accordingly.  

Stephanie Henry v. James Henry (NFP)
28A05-1010-DR-696
Domestic relations. Affirms trial court’s award of custody of the children to maternal grandparents.

Christopher Conwell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-861
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s admission into evidence of post-arrest statement.

Myron Bernard James v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1007-CR-830
Criminal. Affirms in absentia sentencing.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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