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Opinions Aug. 15, 2012

August 15, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Reko D. Levels v. State of Indiana
82A01-1201-CR-25
Criminal. Reverses convictions of battery and public intoxication as Class B misdemeanors. Levels did not validly waive his right to a jury trial.

JPMCC 2006-CIBC 14 Eads Parkway, LLC v. DBL Axel, LLC, David Richman, Lynette Gridley, as Trustee of the Hartunian Family Trust (u/d/t dated November 8, 1989), Black Diamond Realty, LLC, et al.
15A01-1201-PL-23
Civil plenary. Holds that the trial court erred when it denied JPMCC’s motion for summary judgment on DBL’s complaint for declaratory judgment and when it denied JPMCC’s motion for summary judgment against the guarantors on its claim for breach of the guaranty with respect to the first two installments of the nuisance award. Affirms the trial court’s grant of summary judgment for the guarantors on the question of their liability for the balance of the debt and the grant of summary judgment for DBL on JPMCC’s tort claims. Remands for further proceedings on the amount of the guarantors’ liability to JPMCC.

Mary Barrix and Joe Barrix, Jr. v. Kristopher Jackson and Graves Plumbing Co. Inc.
28A04-1202-CT-82
Civil tort. Affirms judgment on the evidence against the Barrixes and in favor of Jackson and Graves Plumbing on the Barrixes’ suit for negligence following a car accident. Having thus afforded the trial court no opportunity to rule upon the specific portions of Dr. Fulton’s testimony that may have been admissible, the Barrixes invited the trial court’s error and are not entitled to relief. Any error in the trial court’s exclusion of Dr. Fulton’s testimony or the underlying medical records was harmless and thus not a basis for reversal.

Michael R. Jent v. Fort Wayne Police Department
02A03-1108-MI-388
Miscellaneous. Affirms summary judgment for the police department on Jent’s request for declaratory and injunctive relief asking the court to compel the Fort Wayne Police Department to disclose requested records. The undisputed evidence shows that Jent’s request does not identify with reasonable particularity the records he sought.

Michael K. Curts, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Dorothy J. Curts, Deceased v. Miller's Health Systems, Inc. a/k/a Miller's Merry Manor, Logansport, LLC, et al.
09A02-1112-CT-1191
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for Miller’s Merry Manor on Michael Curts’ lawsuit for wrongful death, breach of contract and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Concludes that nurses can potentially have sufficient expertise to qualify as experts for purposes of the medical standards of care and medical causation, but the nurse in this case does not qualify. There are no genuine issues of material fact.

In re the Term. of the Parent--Child Rel. of H.S. and N.S. and S.S. & D.S. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1112-JT-1200
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Douglas C. Holland v. Rising Sun/Ohio County First, Inc., Ohio County, Rising Sun, Quin Min, and Kirk and Michelle Neace (NFP)
58A01-1112-PL-616
Civil plenary. Affirms order denying Holland’s request to quiet title through adverse possession but reforming the deed in favor of defendants.

Tracy Lynn Weston, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Clinton Dale Weston, Deceased v. Scott D. Longevin, M.D., and Preferred Emergency Specialists, Inc. (NFP)
21A01-1112-PL-583
Civil plenary. Reverses grant of Dr. Longevin and Preferred Emergency Specialists’ motion for summary judgment and remands for further proceedings.

Tondalay Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1111-CR-1038
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Joshua Ellis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1203-CR-116
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and reinstatement of five years of previously suspended sentence.

Lloyd W. Mezick v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1112-CR-1170
Criminal. Affirms sentences for Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent child, Class D felony possession of a controlled substance, Class D felony intimidation, Class A resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor battery on a police officer and two counts of Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

Derek Dwane Hardy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1109-PC-445
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

D.J. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1201-JV-29
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a delinquent child for committing what would be Class A misdemeanor intimidation if committed by an adult.

Floor Mart of Indiana, Inc., Annesse M. Covey, Cherly C. Covey, and William Covey v. Norman Fischer and Julie Fischer (NFP)
45A03-1111-PL-501
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment entered in favor of the Fischers on their complaint for fraud. Remands for further proceedings.

David M. Craft v. State of Indiana (NFP)
52A05-1203-CR-140
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery resulting in serious injury.

Victor Salazar v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1101-PC-150
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Larry Burns v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1111-CR-624
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder.

Danny K. Peet v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1203-CR-185
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Vernon L. Mefford v. Lori Little and Jason McCord (NFP)
53A01-1110-SC-495
Small claims. Affirms judgment in favor of Little and McCord on Mefford’s claim for damages resulting from a breach of a lease of residential real estate.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of C.S., Jr., D.S., and J.S., minor children, and C.S., Sr., father v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
71A04-1111-JT-641
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.
 

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  1. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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