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Opinions Aug. 23, 2012

August 23, 2012
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday:
David H. Swanson v. United States of America
11-2338
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Affirms denial of Swanson’s 28 U.S.C. Section 2255 petition, in which Swanson alleged his trial counsel abandoned a poorly developed but winning objection at sentencing that justifies a finding of ineffective assistance of counsel. Swanson doesn’t challenge his appellate counsel’s effectiveness, and because trial counsel raised the objection in a sentencing memorandum and never withdrew it, his performance was not objectively deficient.

Thursday’s opinions
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

Konrad Motor and Welder Service, Inc., Konrad Lambrecht, and Sharon Lambrecht v. Magnetech Industrial Services, Inc.
45A04-1203-CC-109
Civil collection. Reverses summary judgment for Magnetech and piercing Konrad Electric’s corporate veil because there are genuine issues of material fact. Affirms summary judgment for Magnetch on whether Konrad Motor and Welder Service is the alter ego of Konrad Electric. Remands for determination whether Konrad Electric’s corporate veil should be pierced and liability imposed upon the Lambrechts. If pierced, Konrad and Sharon Lambrecht may be held individually liable. Judge Crone concurs in part and dissents in part.

Arnie Cook v. Greeno Insurance, Inc., and Carl Greeno, Jr. (NFP)
34A02-1203-PL-199
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of Greeno Insurance Inc. in Cook’s action against Greeno Insurance and Greeno Jr. alleging interference with a business relationship and breach of fiduciary duty.

Krista C. (Wilson) Williams v. Philip S. Wilson (NFP)
41A01-1111-DR-541
Domestic relation. Remands for trial court to reconsider its decision regarding the timing of supervised visitation and affirms in all other respects.

Brian C. Hostetler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A05-1112-CR-659
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon.

 

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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! :)

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  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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