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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. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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