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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. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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