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Opinions Aug. 10, 2010

August 10, 2010
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Jermarcus Robinson
09-3955
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Criminal. Affirms conviction of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The District Court correctly refused to suppress the cocaine police officers pulled from Robinson’s buttocks after a traffic stop. The officer wasn’t satisfied with his initial effort to pat down Robinson and was justified to return to finish the job within the bounds outlined in Terry.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Joey Wilson v. State of Indiana
49A02-1001-CR-60
Criminal. Affirms convictions of receiving stolen auto parts as a Class C felony and driving while suspended as a Class A misdemeanor. Wilson waived for review his argument that the trial court erred in allowing the state to amend the charging information on the day before his trial was to begin. He failed to request a continuance to prepare for his defense. Wilson also failed to prove that the admission of his unredacted BMV record made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.

Indiana Spine Group v. Pilot Travel Centers
93A02-1003-EX-315
Civil. Reverses dismissal by the Full Worker’s Compensation Board of ISG’s claim pursuant to Indiana Code Section 22-3-3-27. The two-year statute of limitations in that statue doesn’t apply. Remands for determination on the merits of ISG’s application for adjustment of claim for provider fee.

City of Indianapolis v. Cynthia Hicks on behalf of and as next friend of Jada Richards, a minor
49A02-1002-CT-95
Civil tort. Affirms nunc pro tunc order granting Hicks’ motion to correct error and reinstating her negligence suit brought against the City of Indianapolis on behalf of her minor child. The city waived any challenge based on the magistrate’s lack of authority to sign the order by not objecting until after time for ruling on the motion to correct error expired. The CCS entries provide a sufficient basis to later issue the order. The grant of the motion to correct error wasn’t an abuse of discretion because the city didn’t show noncompliance with the tort claim notice requirements of the Indiana Tort Claims Act.

Ryan Armstrong v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1002-CR-107
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Roosevelt Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0911-PC-1124
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Timothy A. Stevens v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-0912-CR-723
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for Class C felonies forgery, and fraud on a financial institution, and three counts of Class D felony theft.

Thompson Thrift Construction Inc. v. Bank of Indiana, N.A. (NFP)
84A05-1001-PL-24
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for Bank of Indiana in Thompson Thrift Construction’s attempt to foreclose its mechanic’s lien on a parcel of real estate on which the bank held three mortgages.

Indiana Spine Group v. Scenic Hills Care Center (NFP)
93A02-1003-EX-313
Civil. Reverses dismissal by the Worker’s Compensation Board of ISG’s application for adjustment of claim for provider fee. Remands for further proceedings.

Indiana Spine Group v. All Seasons Holdings (NFP)
93A02-1003-EX-316
Civil. Reverses dismissal by the Worker’s Compensation Board of ISG’s application for adjustment of claim for provider fee. Remands for further proceedings.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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