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Opinions August 13, 2013

August 13, 2013
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Opinions Aug. 13, 2013

Indiana Court of Appeals
Rollett Family Farms, LLC. v. Area Plan Commission of Evansville-Vanderburgh County, Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners, and Vanderburgh County Recorder

82A01-1301-PL-43
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court judgment denying claims that “lots of record” for boundaries of river camps could be established based on the testimony of longtime residents. The lack of official documentation defeats the plain meaning of the words “of record,” requiring some sort of official documentation in the public record, the panel ruled.

Gregory A. Harris v. State of Indiana
39A05-1205-CR-239
Criminal. Affirms trial court rulings denying Harris’s motion to dismiss a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor after a hung jury created a mistrial, as well as a state motion to amend the charge by adding the language “or criminal deviate conduct.” Double jeopardy does not bar retrial on the sexual misconduct charge, but the state is barred from amending the charge because of the statute of limitations.

Richard Littke v. Laurie Littke
64A03-1211-DR-509
Domestic relation. Reserves order dismissing father’s petition for postsecondary educational expenses as untimely and remands to the trial court to make a determination on the merits of father’s petition. Rules that an amendment to Indiana Code 31-16-6-6, which allows a parent to file a petition for education needs until the child becomes 21-years-old, makes the father’s petition timely.   

Gabriel Atkinson v. State of Indiana
12A02-1302-CR-149
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to suppress the evidence obtained during a traffic stop. Concludes although Atkinson did not commit an actual traffic infraction, the deputy’s training and experience along with his protracted observation of Atkinson’s driving gave the law enforcement officer a reasonable suspicion that the driver was impaired and presented a potential risk. This was sufficient to conduct an investigatory stop of Atkinson.  

Cory A. Myers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-1302-CR-90
Criminal. Affirms conviction for domestic battery, as a Class D felony.  

Jeremiah Kelley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1303-CR-281
Criminal. Affirms 21-year sentence imposed following Kelley’s guilty plea to class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.  

John Latta v. State of Indiana (NFP)
12A04-1212-CR-618
Criminal. Affirms conviction of one count burglary as a class B felony and five counts of theft as a class D felony. Finds the prosecutor’s questions about the victim’s husband becoming a judge were inappropriate but does not rise to the level of fundamental error.  

In Re The Adoption of S.H., L.H., and J.H., Benjamin Hankins v. G.Nick Peterson, Andrea Peterson (NFP)
18A02-1212-AD-1020
Adoption. Affirms trial court’s determination that Hankins’s consent is not required in the adoption proceedings of his three children, S.H., L.H. and J.H. Rules the determination that Hankins’s consent is unnecessary if supported by clear and convincing evidence, and the adoption by the children’s maternal grandparents is in their best interest.
 
John Dumitru v. State of Indiana (NFP)
75A05-1210-PC-501f
Post conviction relief petition. Affirms post-conviction court’s denial of relief following Dumitru’s conviction for murder, a felony, attempted murder, a Class A felony, two counts of neglect of a dependent, as Class D felonies, and resisting law enforcement, as a Class A misdemeanor.

Lebronze Myles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1301-CR-25
Criminal. Affirms Myles’ convictions as an accomplice to both Class B felony burglary and Class C felony robbery.  

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of L.P., D.P., & C.H., (Minor Children), and J.P. (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
87A05-1212-JT-622
Juvenile termination of parental rghts. Affirms termination of J.P.’s (mother) parental rights.

Terry Chandler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1302-CR-166
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor possession of cocaine.  

Michael S. Parker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
91A02-1210-CR-830
Criminal. Affirms conviction and 15-year sentence, with 11 years executed, for Class B felony manufacturing methamphetamine.  

Eric D. Smith v. Superintendent, Et Al. (NFP)
46A04-1303-MI-164
Miscellaneous. Dismisses Smith’s appeals of the dismissal of eight complaints he filed in the LaPorte Superior Court. Finds his notices of appeal were untimely filed.  

Jesus Cruz v. State of Indiana (NFP)
38A02-1212-CR-969pdf
Criminal. Affirms conviction and 46-year sentence for two counts of Class A felony child molesting and three counts of Class C felony child molesting.
 
James E. Sizemore v. State of Indiana
(NFP)
31A05-1212-CR-626
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine, Class C felony possession of methamphetamine and Class D felony possession of a controlled substance.  

Thomas E. Stevens v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1301-CR-6
Criminal. Affirms five-year sentence for Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury.  

Karen J. Marshall v. Casa M. Marshall, Center Bank, Treasurer of Porter County, State of Indiana (NFP)
64A03-1212-MF-517
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment in favor of the defendants. Finds the mortgage and loan documents do not constitute a valid and enforceable contract.

Sheldon C. McAuley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1302-PC-50
Post conviction relief petition. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief following conviction for Class C felony burglary, Class D felony residential entry and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.  

LTC Investments Inc., v. EGR Indiana Properties, LLC. (NFP)
18A02-1301-PL-15
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s grant of EGR’s summary judgment motion.  

James E. Chalfant v. Lana Lods (NFP)
79A02-1212-CT-986
Civil tort. Reverses and remands trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Lana Lods. Concludes Chalfant did provide evidence in this case to rebut the prima facie evidence of probable cause and to identify a dispute of material fact.

Javier Maldonado v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1212-CR-654
Criminal. Affirms conviction for child molesting, a Class A felony, and 50-year sentence.  

Kelvin Lee Heyen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1207-PC-345
Post conviction relief petition. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief petition following conviction and 21-year sentence for dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony, and a habitual offender charge.  

In The Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: M.A. (minor child): Mi.A. and C.A. v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
73A01-1209-JT-411
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms juvenile court’s decision to terminate the parental rights of C.A. (mother) and Mi.A. (father) to their minor child, M.A.
 
No opinions were submitted by IL deadline by the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Tax Court and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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  1. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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