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Opinions Aug. 13, 2012

August 13, 2012
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions prior to IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

CSL Community Association, Inc. v. Clarence Ray Meador
40A01-1112-MI-579
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s grant of Meador’s motion for declaratory judgment that abrogated his obligation to pay homeowner’s association dues, finding that the evidence does not support the trial court’s conclusion that the changes in the community were so radical that the original purpose of the community and the deed restrictions were destroyed, and that the trial court erred in abrogating Meador’s obligation to pay dues and assessments.

Michael Thalheimer v. Ramon and Stacey Halum
49A02-1203-PL-167
Civil plenary. Affirms bench trial findings and judgment in favor of Halum, concluding that Thalheimer waived his claim that Halum spoilated evidence; that the economic loss doctrine did not preclude a negligence claim; and that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding that Thalheimer’s work was poor quality. The court denied Halum’s claim for appellate attorney fees, holding that an award on the argument that the appeal was frivolous and in bad faith was not warranted.

E.J., a minor by his mother and father Victor and Lynell Jeffrey v. Paul Okolocha, M.D., Okolocha Medical Corp., and Okolocha Medical, Pain and Weight
45A03-1201-CT-15
Civil tort. Affirms trial court grant of summary judgment in favor of Okolocha, holding that the doctor owed no duty to adoptive parents to provide prenatal medical records because authorization to release the records did not satisfy elements of HIPPA or Indiana Code 16-39-1-4(1).

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of Ma.J. and My.J.; and K.B. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services
27A02-1112-JT-1193
Juvenile/termination of parental rights. Reverses termination of mother’s parental rights, concluding that the Department of Child Services failed to meet its burden of demonstrating that the conditions resulting in children’s removal would not be remedied due to the mother’s progress over eight months in meeting areas of concern.

Dennis Feyka v. State of Indiana
49A02-1108-CR-703
Criminal. Affirms trial court conviction of Class A felony child molesting, holding that a prosecutor’s references to Feyka’s failure to testify were not fundamental error and that there was sufficient evidence to support Feyka’s conviction.

Anastazia Schmid v. State of Indiana
79A04-1110-PC-618
Post conviction relief. Affirms post-conviction court’s denial of petition for post-conviction relief, finding the appellant-defendant did not demonstrate counsels’ alleged errors were prejudicial.

Kendrice Dorsey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A04-1109-PC-563
Criminal/post-conviction relief. Appeals trial court denial of post-conviction relief for Class A felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Elsa M. McLaughlin v. John C. Clark and Zore's, Inc. (NFP)

49A02-1109-CT-862
Civil tort. Affirms trial court ruling in favor of Clark.

Gene Hildebrandt v. Pepsi America a/k/a Globe Transport (NFP)
93A02-1111-EX-1033
Executive administrative/workers’ compensation. Affirms denial of application for adjustment of claim.

Warren Parks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
81A01-1201-CR-19
Criminal. Affirms trial court order of contempt of court.

Cleverly Lockhart v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A04-1204-CR-226
Criminal. Affirms trial court denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Marshall Jackson v. Beckie Bennett (NFP)
49A02-1112-MI-1199
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial for petition of writ of habeus corpus.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of D.Y.; M.Y. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1112-JT-1121
Juvenile/termination. Affirms trial court termination of parental rights.

Rachel Ann Ruch v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A05-1202-CR-96
Criminal. Affirms trial court judgment for restitution from a conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of E.Y., Minor Child; A.Y., Mother v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services, and Child Advocates, Inc. (NFP)
49A04-1112-JT-702
Juvenile/termination of parental rights. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Jeffrey M. Steffen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
19A04-1110-CR-588
Criminal. Affirms convictions of four Class D felony counts of intimidation and theft.

Sherri Hillenburg and Dennis Hillenburg v. Paul D. Reeves and Norma J. Reeves Revocable Trust; Paul Reeves, Norma J. Reeves and John Reeves (NFP)
53A04-1111-PL-615
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of motion to correct error.


 

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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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