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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. 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

  2. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  3. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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