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Opinions Aug. 22, 2012

August 22, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Ashley T. Tucker v. Michelle R. Harrison, M.D.
79A05-1108-CT-404
Civil tort. Affirms judgment in favor of Dr. Harrison on Tucker’s medical malpractice complaint. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in excluding Tucker’s expert testimony, limiting her questioning of a witness about possible bias, or in instructing the jury.

Ryan E. Bean v. State of Indiana
91A02-1109-CR-906
Criminal. Reverses two convictions of Class A felony child molesting and remands for retrials if the state so chooses. Concludes Bean was in custody when he finally admitted to the molestation. Bean’s confession was obtained in violation of Miranda protocol and shouldn’t have been admitted into evidence in his trials in Carroll and White counties.  

Jorge Henriquez v. State of Indiana
49A02-1201-CR-6
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony resisting law enforcement. The trial court did not err in not interrogating the jurors or taking other remedial action regarding alleged improper influence of an alternate juror, so Henriquez’s claim of fundamental error fails.

Gregory L. Brown v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development, and H & H Mechanical of Michiana LLC (NFP)
93A02-1202-EX-133
Agency action. Affirms denial of unemployment benefits.

Dennis Ogutu v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1202-CR-98
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor neglect of a dependent.
 
In Re: The Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: C.H. and G.H., and G.H. and J.H. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1112-JT-1203
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.

In the Matter of T.B., A Child Alleged to be a Delinquent Child v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A04-1203-JV-146
Juvenile. Affirms order requiring T.B. register as a sex offender.

Tacuma G. Wolfe v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A05-1111-CR-604
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Kenneth W. Wegener v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A05-1202-PC-47
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Steven D. Powell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1201-CR-2
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony dealing in cocaine and Class C felony attempted battery.

Michael A. Ayers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1201-CR-52
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony attempted murder.

Ivan Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1201-CR-24
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.
 

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  2. Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

  3. Indiana up holds this behavior. the state police know they got it made.

  4. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

  5. Agreed on 4th Amendment call - that was just bad policing that resulted in dismissal for repeat offender. What kind of parent names their boy "Kriston"?

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