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Opinions Aug. 11, 2011

August 11, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Westville Correctional Facility, et al. v. George Finney
49A05-1103-PL-92
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of Finney’s verified petition for judicial review. Westville has not shown that the reviewing court committed reversible error. It is clear from the record that the agency’s action was without evidentiary foundation, let alone substantial evidence as required by Ind. Code 4-21.5-5-14(d)(5).

Shepherd Properties Co. v. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 91
49A04-1010-PL-676
Civil plenary. Grants rehearing for the limited purpose of expanding upon the discussion of the issue presented on appeal concerning the propriety of an award of attorney fees under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act. The appellate court doesn’t disagree with the union’s contention, or prior observations from the court, that APRA does not include language explicitly precluding attorney fees from a third party. Conversely, APRA does not include language providing for payment of attorney fees by an intervenor, and the judges declined to write into the statute such a provision.

Karl Driver v. State of Indiana
71A05-1012-PC-795
Post conviction. Affirms denial of Driver’s verified motion to vacate judgment. Driver gained actual knowledge of the judgment when the trial court sent him a copy Sept. 7, 2010, but he did not file his motion until Oct. 29, 2010, which was outside the 30-day deadline for filing a notice of appeal.

Bradley A. Hole v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1012-CR-680
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for pre-trial jail credit time.

James Clint Lawson v. State of Indiana (NFP)

31A01-1012-CR-627
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Class D felony strangulation, Class A misdemeanor domestic battery, and Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

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