Opinions Aug. 29, 2012

August 29, 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

Willis Pryor v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. Pryor’s trial counsel’s failure to preserve his right to a jury trial denied Pryor effective assistance of counsel. Remands with instructions to vacate the conviction and hold a new trial by jury.

Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. Bill Gaddis Chrysler Dodge, Inc., Garrett Gaddis and Edward Foster
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Auto-Owner’s motion for summary judgment in the declaratory judgment action. The trial court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Auto-Owners’ motion to strike Foster’s response as untimely. The trial court should have stricken four late-filed affidavits, but the insurer didn’t show it was prejudiced by the denial of its motion to strike.

Margaret R. Smith and Darrell G. Smith v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, as Trustee Under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement, Dated as of June 1, 2003, et al. (NFP)
Civil. Affirms summary judgment in a foreclosure action brought by JPMorgan Chase Bank.

Edward LeFlore v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony burglary, Class B felonies robbery and criminal confinement, Class C felony intimidation with a deadly weapon, Class D felony fleeing law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license, and adjudication as a habitual offender.

Robert Brandon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Class A felony robbery conviction and aggregate 60-year sentence. Orders burglary conviction be reduced from a Class A felony to a Class B felony and resentenced.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of J.K., M.K., and C.K. (Minor Children); and S.P. (Mother) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services and Lake County CASA (NFP)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Jerry L. Ward, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea and affirms Ward’s sentence.

William N. Gerard v. Althea L. Gerard (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms award of attorney and expert witness fees to Althea Gerard in the action involving modification of William Gerard’s parenting time.

Timothy Tingle v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms admittance of evidence related to a duffle bag and its contents during a bench trial for various drug charges.

Jean D. Schoknecht v. Susan E. Dunlap f/k/a Hasemeier and f/k/a Scribner (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of landlord Schoknecht’s complaint against tenant Dunlap pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 41(E).

Eugene Strader v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Bradley J. Vossberg, and Diana Jachimiak v. Glen A. Gray, Kimberly L. Gray, and Kevin Hardie, d/b/a The Hardie Group (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms award of damages to the Grays but reverses with regard to the award of damages to Hardie.

In the Matter of A.J.J.: J.J. v. S.H. (NFP)
Juvenile paternity. Affirms dismissal of motion to terminate support.


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.