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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.
59S01-1205-PL-249
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
08A02-1303-MI-220
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)
02A03-1211-CR-503
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)
79A02-1210-CR-850
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)
02A05-1301-CR-32
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)
20A03-1212-CR-558
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)
46A04-1304-CR-154
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)
79A02-1301-CR-38
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)
83A01-1301-CR-44
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)
89A05-1211-CR-577
Criminal. Affirms 55-year sentence for conviction of murder.

Zachariah Brownie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1301-CR-3
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. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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