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Opinions April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
The following opinion was issued after IL deadline Thursday.

United States of America v. Lori Hargis
12-2153
Criminal. Affirms 60-month sentence for Lori Hargis’ conviction of conspiracy to use fire to commit wire fraud for her role in recruiting a man to set fire to her home to collect insurance proceeds. Circuit judges rejected Hargis’ argument that the District Court erred when it adjusted her sentence from the guideline range of 15 to 21 months in prison, finding that the judge adequately explained his rationale for imposing sentence.

Indiana Supreme Court
The following opinion was issued after IL deadline Thursday.

Christopher Groce and Tracey Groce v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, and Michael A. Meek
48S02-1307-CT-472
Civil tort. Affirms trial court grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants that also was affirmed by the Court of Appeals. Applying Filip v. Block, 879 N.E.2d 1076 (Ind. 2008), justices held the trial court properly granted summary judgment in the Groce’s negligence claim because their homeowner’s insurance policy failed to cover full replacement value after a 2007 fire. While the claim was filed less than two years after the fire, justices held that in the exercise of ordinary diligence in reviewing their homeowner’s insurance policy, the Groces could have timely discovered that the company's replacement cost liability was capped at the dwelling loss coverage limit no later than the date of their first policy renewal in 2003.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Bruce E. Phillips v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A01-1304-CR-148
Criminal. Affirms convictions and aggregate 16-year sentence for Class B felony conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine and Class D felony possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture controlled substances.

Corey Coleman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1307-CR-594
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

In re: the Grandparent Visitation of C.S.N.: Brooke Neuhoff v. Scott A. Ubelhor and Angela S. Ubelhor (NFP)
19A05-1311-MI-542
Miscellaneous. Stays trial court order granting visitation with minor child to parental grandparents and retains jurisdiction. Remands to the trial court with instructions to issue new findings and conclusions within 30 days. Grandparent visitation is suspended pending review.

Shawna Gallagher v. Jacob Gallagher (NFP)
37A03-1308-DR-342
Domestic. Reverses order modifying physical custody of minor children in favor of father, Jacob Gallagher, finding the trial court erred because there was no substantial change in circumstance.

In re: the Marriage of: Carrie A. Chapman v. Stephen L. Chapman (NFP)
02A05-1307-DR-343
Domestic. Affirms award of child support.

The Indiana Supreme Court and  Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline Friday. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline Friday.
 

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  1. Just an aside, but regardless of the outcome, I 'm proud of Judge William Hughes. He was the original magistrate on the Home place issue. He ruled for Home Place, and was primaried by Brainard for it. Their tool Poindexter failed to unseat Hughes, who won support for his honesty and courage throughout the county, and he was reelected Judge of Hamilton County's Superior Court. You can still stand for something and survive. Thanks, Judge Hughes!

  2. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  3. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  4. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  5. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

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