Opinions Aug. 27, 2010

August 27, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Brian S. Adcock v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting, two counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor, and finding that Adcock is a repeat sexual offender. The trial court didn’t err in permitting the prosecutor to analogize the standard of proof to a jigsaw puzzle during voir dire or in allowing the state to amend the repeat sexual offender notice.

Victor C. Regalado v. Estate of Joseph Regalado and Paula Heffelfinger
Civil. Reverses trial court grant of summary judgment that Heffelfinger is Joseph Regalado’s half-sister. Holds that a child must show she is a child born out of wedlock before I.C. Section 29-1-2-7 is applicable and that there is a genuine issue of material fact as to whether Paula is a child born out of wedlock. Also holds that Joseph’s father’s acknowledgment of Paula as his biological daughter in the Agreed Order of Annulment does not preclude Joseph’s father or any other heir from challenging his paternity of Paula. Remands for further proceedings.

Michael Butler v. State of Indiana
Civil. Reverses denial of Butler’s pro se motions to set aside default judgment against him for operating a truck in a restricted lane on a highway consisting of at least three lanes, and for speeding, both as civil infractions. Butler engaged in no “foot dragging” or other behavior seeking to delay the process and attempted to immediately address the effects of his absence from the March 16 hearing. Procedural issues also interfered with his ability to obtain a hearing. Remands with instructions to set a new trial date.

B.F. v. Review Board, and Whirlpool Corp. (NFP)
Civil. Affirms denial of unemployment insurance benefits.

Katina Starks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Shawn Davis b/n/f Misty Davis v. Animal Control-City of Evansville, Evansville Housing Authority, et al. (NFP)
Civil. Reverses summary judgment for the city defendants in Davis’ action following injuries he received from a dog bite. Remands for further proceedings.

Ronald C. Hedges v. Weyerbacher Farms (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for Weyerbacher Farms in Hedges’ lawsuit for breach of pasture lease, and declaratory judgment abating rent payments and extending the term of the lease.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.B., et al.; M.R. v. Marion County DCS and Child Advocates (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Steve Ballard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of murder and 110-year sentence.

Danitra White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies domestic battery and two counts of battery.

Dustin J. Baumbarger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Thomas A. Hopkins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in in-home detention and execution of part of Hopkins’ previously suspended sentence.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.