Opinions Aug. 8, 2013

August 8, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Mary Alice Manley, and Gary Manley v. Ryan J. Sherer, M.D., and Sherer Family Medicine, P.C.
Civil plenary/medical malpractice. Reverses grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants and remands for further proceedings, finding issues of material facts exist as to when plaintiffs knew of alleged malpractice or learned of the facts that should lead to the discovery of malpractice and resulting injury. Summary judgment should have been denied as to the defendants’ claim of absence of an element of causation necessary to establish liability.

Indiana Court of Appeals
In Re: The Carroll County 2012 Tax Sale Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District v. Steven E. Hruska, Virginia Hanna & Equity Trust Co. FBO#80677 & Carroll Cnty, Indiana, by & through Carroll Cnty Auditor
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms judgment of trial court that the properties could not be sold at the tax sale because the only liens on the property were sewer liens. Rules lower court properly applied Indiana Code Section 13-26-14-4 which prohibits foreclosure in cases where only a sewer lien has been filed against the property.

Jeffrey G. Tourney v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms three-year executed sentence for conviction of two counts of class D felony criminal mischief, and found counts of Class A misdemeanor cruelty to an animal.

Mickey L. Whitlock v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of modification of a 36-year executed sentence on a conviction of Class A felony burglarly resulting in bodily injury.

Reginald D. Baker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms three-year aggregate sentence for conviction of Class D felony counts of domestic battery and strangulation.

Timothy R. Thacker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands, ordering the court to vacate one of two convictions and sentences for Class D felony theft and receiving stolen property, holding the that the convictions violate the principles of double jeopardy.

Anthony J. Gipson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses and remands denial of a petition for credit time not previously awarded by the Department of Correction for educational credits and orders further proceedings.

Tamera Richards v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms 25-year sentence for conviction of Class B felony causing death while operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the body, which was enhanced for being a habitual substance offender.

Jeffrey Alan Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms on interlocutory appeal denial of motion to suppress evidence in a search of his residence that led to charges of manufacturing and dealing methamphetamine.

Kenneth Frye v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms 55-year sentence for conviction of murder.

Zachariah Brownie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation on a conviction of Class D felony criminal confinement.

Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.




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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.