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Opinions Aug. 30, 2012

August 30, 2012
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday:
Virgil Hall III v. Michael Zenk, superintendent
11-3911
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. Judge Jon E. DeGuilio.
Civil. Vacates the grant of Hall’s habeas petition and remands for a hearing to determine whether Hall was prejudiced by extraneous information that reached his jury.

Thursday’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Sung Park v. Indiana University School of Dentistry, et al.
11-1933, 11-2109
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Affirms dismissal for failure to state a claim in Park’s suit alleging equal protection and due process violations and claims for state law breach of contract. She has no state law claim for breach of contract, and Park has not identified a protectable property interest.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Dana Young v. State of Indiana
49A02-1201-JM-18
Juvenile miscellaneous. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor failure to ensure school attendance. Young was adequately advised of and waived her right to a jury trial.

Lane Alan Schrader Trust as Trustee under the Trust Agreement dated 16th day of November, 1999, and known as Lane Alan Schrader Self-Declaration of Trust v. Larry Gilbert and Nancy J. Malecki
75A04-1112-PL-676
Civil plenary. Reverses and remands to the trial court with instructions to enter a new order consistent with this opinion. The trial court did not err by concluding that the legal survey was not conducted through the use of good surveying practices, but did err by imposing the two previous surveys.

Peabody Energy Corp., Peabody Coal Company, LLC, and Black Beauty Coal Company v. Richard F. Roark, Beelman Truck Co., and North American Capacity Insurance Co.
14A01-1112-CT-555
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of NAC and against Peabody regarding whether Peabody is an insured under the NAC policy. Roark was injured because of Peabody’s sole negligence, and his injuries arose out of his employer Beelman’s operations. Affirms summary judgment that Beelman did not breach the master performance agreement entered into by Beelman and Peabody. Remands for further proceedings.

F.D., G.D., and T.D. b/n/f J.D. and M.D.; J.D. and M.D., Individually v. Indiana Dept. of Family Services, Vanderburgh Co. Office of Family & Social Services, Evansville Police Dept., et al.

82A01-1109-CT-432
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of DCS and the police department for DCS’ and the police department’s failure to inform parents J.D. and M.D. of their daughter’s molestation. Finds the police department is not a proper party to this case. Indiana Code 31-33-18-4, the statute the parents say gives rise to DCS’ duty to notify them of their daughter’s molestation, does not confer a private right of action. Judge Crone concurs in part and dissents in part; Judge Bradford concurs in part, dissents in part, and concurs in result.

Michael Kern v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A02-1108-MI-903
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of Kern’s petition for writ of habeas corpus.

Keith Allen Abell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1202-CR-77
Criminal. Affirms aggregate 36-year sentence for various convictions, including Class B felony attempted rape and Class B felony attempted criminal deviate conduct.

Leroy Hall v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A04-1202-PC-68
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Chris B. Davis v. Rhonda S. Davis (NFP)
54A01-1201-DR-24
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of Chris Davis’ petition to modify custody.

Danielle Kelly v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1112-CR-584
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress.

In the Matter of the Commitment of D.W. v. Wishard Health Services Midtown Mental Health (NFP)
49A02-1201-MH-13
Mental health. Affirms temporary involuntary commitment to mental health facility.

Tommy Goldman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
31A01-1202-CR-75
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following probation revocation.
 

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  1. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

  2. Being dedicated to a genre keeps it alive until the masses catch up to the "trend." Kent and Bill are keepin' it LIVE!! Thank you gentlemen..you know your JAZZ.

  3. Hemp has very little THC which is needed to kill cancer cells! Growing cannabis plants for THC inside a hemp field will not work...where is the fear? From not really knowing about Cannabis and Hemp or just not listening to the people teaching you through testimonies and packets of info over the last few years! Wake up Hoosier law makers!

  4. If our State Government would sue for their rights to grow HEMP like Kentucky did we would not have these issues. AND for your INFORMATION many medical items are also made from HEMP. FOOD, FUEL,FIBER,TEXTILES and MEDICINE are all uses for this plant. South Bend was built on Hemp. Our states antiquated fear of cannabis is embarrassing on the world stage. We really need to lead the way rather than follow. Some day.. we will have freedom in Indiana. And I for one will continue to educate the good folks of this state to the beauty and wonder of this magnificent plant.

  5. Put aside all the marijuana concerns, we are talking about food and fiber uses here. The federal impediments to hemp cultivation are totally ridiculous. Preposterous. Biggest hemp cultivators are China and Europe. We get most of ours from Canada. Hemp is as versatile as any crop ever including corn and soy. It's good the governor laid the way for this, regrettable the buffoons in DC stand in the way. A statutory relic of the failed "war on drugs"

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