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Opinions Aug. 14, 2012

August 14, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jason Halasa v. ITT Educational Services Inc.
11-3305
Civil. Affirms summary judgment ruling and costs in favor of ITT. Jason Halasa, who directed the company’s Lathrop, Calif., campus for six months in 2009, sued the school on a claim that his rights were violated under the False Claims Act. ITT said Halasa was fired for showing poor management skills and delivering inadequate results.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Andrew Stetler v. State of Indiana
01A04-1201-CR-1
Criminal. Affirms two counts of child molestation and being a habitual offender and resulting sentence of 90 years, concluding that sufficient evidence was presented to support the jury trial conviction and that the sentence was not inappropriate.

Harold O. Fulp, Jr. v. Nancy A. Gilliland, Individually and as Successor Trustee of the Ruth E. Fulp Revocable Trust Dated June 29, 2005
41A01-1111-TR-530
Trust. Reverses in part and remands in part, holding that Ruth Fulp, as trust settlor, could properly execute a purchase agreement for the sale of trust property and that Gilliland, as trustee, did not tortiously interfere with the purchase agreement by rescinding the purchase agreement.

Carlin Iltzsch v. State of Indiana
49A02-1112-CR-1164
Criminal. Reverses and remands with instructions a trial court’s restitution order after finding evidence supporting the order is based on bare, unsworn assertions.

In Re: Rueth Development Company, An Indiana Limited Partnership
45A03-1110-CP-468
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court granting appellees relief under Trial Rule 60(B) and trial court preliminary injunction on capital distribution and attorney fees, but reverses trial court ruling allowing appellees to pursue their claims as a derivative action. Remanded to the trial court to continue dissolution proceedings.

In the Matter of the Paternity of I.B., R.P. v. M.B., As Next of Friend of I.B. (NFP)
84A01-1109-JP-456
Juvenile paternity. Affirms order establishing R.P.’s paternity of minor child, I.B.

Joshua P. Lindsey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1112-PC-1183
Criminal/post-conviction relief. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief on convictions of robbery and resisting law enforcement.

Richard D. Boring v. State of Indiana (NFP)
37A04-1201-CR-10
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Brandon Rhonte McDonald v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1112-CR-687
Criminal. Affirms 35-year sentence for conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

Stacey Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1201-CR-46
Criminal. Affirms convictions for Class A felony robbery and Class D felony criminal confinement.

Sadeeq Danbala v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1201-CR-27
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Billy D. Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A02-1112-CR-1195
Criminal. Affirms sentence for failure to comply with conditions related to his status as a sex offender.

C. Dennis Wegner & C. Dennis Wegner & Associates, Professional Corporation v. Michael S. Miller, D.O., and Cohen Garelick & Glazier (NFP)
49A02-1112-CT-1159
Civil tort. Affirms in part and reverses in part, reversing and vacating trial court’s award of attorney fees for a protective order on Miller’s behalf and affirms trial court denying expenses on other motions on Miller’s behalf.

Stephen R. Harvey, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
92A03-1201-CR-21
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.
 

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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