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Opinions Aug. 18, 2010

August 18, 2010
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Anna LaFaive, also known as Phyllis Click
09-2344
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for two counts of bank fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. 18 U.S.C. Section1028A criminalizes the use of both a living or deceased person’s identification. The District Court did not plainly err in calculating or imposing her sentence.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Hematology-Oncology of Indiana, P.C. v. Hadley W. Fruits, Personal Rep. for the Estate of Elizabeth Ann Cadou
49A05-0910-CV-556
Civil. Affirms award of attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses to the estate in its medical malpractice and wrongful death suit. Such an award is available under the Wrongful Death Act or the Adult Wrongful Death Act and the award doesn’t cause the estate’s recovery to exceed the cap provided in the Medical Malpractice Act.

Meridian Security Ins. Co., et al. v. Stefo Gubic, et al.
45A03-0911-CV-538
Civil. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Hoffman Adjustment Co. and Joe Hoffman in Meridian’s third-party complaint that Hoffman breached the terms of the Gubics’ insurance policy, failed to act in good faith, engaged in spoliation of evidence and fraud, committed unauthorized practice of law, and tortiously interfered with Meridian’s business and contractual relationships with the Gubics. Meridian’s claims aren’t actionable under Indiana law because Hoffman had no contractual relationship with Meridian in his capacity as a public adjuster and the Gubics’ agent.

David D. Hauk v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1003-CR-161
Criminal. Affirms aggregate 10-year sentence for operating while intoxicated as a Class D felony and for being a habitual substance offender.

Timothy and Sonia Platt v. Wachovia Dealer Services (NFP)
49A05-1002-PL-148
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of the Platts’ complaint against Wachovia regarding modification of their credit agreement with Wachovia.

Wardel Brown, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1001-CR-2
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and sentence imposed.

Alvino Pizano v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1003-PC-220
Post conviction. Affirms calculation and assignment of credit time earned.

Linda Montalvo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
12A02-0909-CR-931
Criminal. Affirms 25-year sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony dealing in cocaine.

Terry L. Duckworth v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1001-CR-84
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and execution of Duckworth’s previously suspended sentence.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of T.H.C.; T.C. & C.P. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
71A04-1001-JT-104
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Clyde Edward Pryor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-0912-CR-748
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class D felony attempted residential entry.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of K.N. and D.N.; J.P.N. v. Crawford County DCS (NFP)
13A04-1002-JT-88
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Carlee Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1002-CR-53
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony burglary.

William P. Ruel v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-0911-CR-515
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony failure to return to lawful detention.

Adoption of N.W.; J.R. & L.R. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
79A04-1003-AD-180
Adoption. Affirms denial of petition for adoption of N.W.

Ryan Hade v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1002-CR-102
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felonies robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement, and three counts of criminal confinement.

William Sebastian, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
14A01-1001-CR-20
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and remands for clarification.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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