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Opinions Dec. 10, 2013

December 10, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
David Didion and Kristi Didion as Parents and Legal Guardians of Brayden Didion v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company
27A02-1303-PL-232
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Auto-Owners Insurance Co. on its complaint seeking a declaratory judgment that it had no liability for a dog bite on an insured’s property. The person living at the property was not an insured and Auto-Owners was not given timely notice of the dog bite and injury pursuant to the terms of the policy.

Robert Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1303-CR-148
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea.

Raymond B. Baker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1304-CR-163
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class D felony neglect of a dependent.

Dabian Dorion Boyd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1304-CR-174
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Sheryl A. Payne v. Thomas L. Payne (NFP)
23A01-1305-DR-204
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of wife’s motion to correct error after her request for spousal maintenance was denied.

Jessica L. Rhye v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1303-CR-248
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

Kennith Howard v. Erica Lofton (NFP)
49A05-1302-DR-43
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of Howard’s motion to reconsider and set for hearing, and his motion to correct error and relief from judgment from his dissolution proceeding with Lofton.

Aaron Edward Belcher v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1305-CR-225
Criminal. Affirms convictions of one count each of Class B felony burglary, Class C felony escape, Class D felonies confinement and possession of a narcotic drug, and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

Timothy D. Driscoll, Jr v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1303-CR-147
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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