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Opinions Aug. 25, 2014

August 25, 2014
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Indiana Supreme Court
Indiana Department of State Revenue v. Caterpillar, Inc.
49S10-1402-TA-79
Tax. Reverses judgment of the Indiana Tax Court in favor of Caterpillar, holding the company may not deduct foreign-source dividend income when calculating net operating losses based on plain statutory meaning. Caterpillar also did not meet its burden to prove the conclusion violated the Foreign Commerce Clause. Remands to the Tax Court with instructions to grant summary judgment in favor of the Department of Revenue.

Indiana Court of Appeals
John Barnhart v. State of Indiana
57A04-1312-CR-601
Criminal. Affirms convictions and aggregate 30-year sentence for two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Holds that any error regarding the trial court’s exclusion of a drug test showing the victim had no marijuana in her system was harmless. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in acknowledging Barnhart had been accused of prior sexual misconduct, and even if the accusations had not been considered, he likely would have received the same advisory concurrent sentences.     

Amanda Kay (Albin) Brasseur v. Gregory Joseph Brasseur (NFP)
42A05-1402-DR-84
Domestic relations. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands order on distributions of marital assets, holding the trial court abused its discretion in assessing the value of a mortgage encumbering the marital residence.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Commitment of G.M. v. Columbus Regional Hospital Mental Health Facility and Dr. Michael Stark (NFP)
03A01-1312-MH-533
Mental health. Affirms order of involuntary commitment.

Karla Hart v. Douglas Kaderabek, M.D. (NFP)
49A02-1312-PL-1036
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Douglas Kaderabek, M.D.

Tiandre Harris v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1401-CR-45
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder.

Holly Richardson v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC, as Agent for Deaconess Hospital (NFP)
82A04-1403-SC-109
Small claims. Affirms denial of motion to correct error.

 

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  1. Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in December, but U.S. District Judge Robert Miller later reduced that to about $540,000 to put the damages for suffering under the statutory cap of $300,000.

  2. I was trying to remember, how did marriage get gay in Kentucky, did the people vote for it? Ah no, of course not. It was imposed by judicial fiat. The voted-for official actually represents the will of the majority in the face of an unelected federal judiciary. But democracy only is just a slogan for the powerful, they trot it out when they want and call it bigotry etc when they don't.

  3. Ah yes... Echoes of 1963 as a ghostly George Wallace makes his stand at the Schoolhouse door. We now know about the stand of personal belief over service to all constituents at the Carter County Clerk door. The results are the same, bigotry unable to follow the directions of the courts and the courts win. Interesting to watch the personal belief take a back seat rather than resign from a perception of local power to make the statement.

  4. An oath of office, does it override the conscience? That is the defense of overall soldier who violates higher laws, isnt it? "I was just following orders" and "I swore an oath of loyalty to der Fuhrer" etc. So this is an interesting case of swearing a false oath and then knowing that it was wrong and doing the right thing. Maybe they should chop her head off too like the "king's good servant-- but God's first" like St Thomas More. ...... We wont hold our breath waiting for the aclu or other "civil liberterians" to come to her defense since they are all arrayed on the gay side, to a man or should I say to a man and womyn?

  5. Perhaps we should also convene a panel of independent anthropological experts to study the issues surrounding this little-known branch of human sacrifice?

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