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Opinions Dec. 14, 2010

December 14, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Presbytery of Ohio Valley, Inc., et al. v. OPC, Inc., et al.
82A02-1003-MF-339
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses summary judgment in favor of appellees-defendants OPC Inc. and others in a property dispute between a local congregation and the national church. When the neutral principles of law approach is applied correctly, the appellants prevail. Remands with instructions to enter summary judgment in favor of the national church and other appellants, together with a declaratory judgment that Olivet Evangelical Presbyterian Church has no right, title or interest in the Oak Hill Property and a constructive trust on that property in favor of the Presbytery.

The Hunt Construction Group, Inc., et al. v. Shannon D. Garrett
49A02-1001-CT-86
Civil tort. Reverses partial summary judgment for Garrett on Hunt Construction’s vicarious liability because it is inapplicable as the general contractor/subcontractor relationship doesn’t exist. Affirms summary judgment to Garrett on the issue that Hunt owed a duty of care to Garrett by virtue of its contracts. Judge Friedlander concurs in part and dissents in part.

Kathy Niegos v. Arcelor Mittal Burns Harbor LLC, f/k/a ISG Burns Harbor, LLC
93A02-1007-EX-762
Civil. Affirms dismissal of Niegos claim, pursuant to the Occupational Disease Act, against her late husband’s former employer. Her failure to notify ArcelorMittal before entering into third-party settlements is fatal to her ODA claim.

Chijoike Bomani Ben-Yisrayl, f/k/a Greagree Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-CR-332
Criminal. Affirms sentence for murder.

Roy Shane Arensman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A05-1005-CR-509
Criminal. Reverses conviction of failure to register as a sex offender as a Class D felony.

Oscar Iraheta-Rosales v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1005-CR-302
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class C felony child molesting.

John Eddie Lindsey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1003-CR-239
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Bronskey Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1003-CR-126
Criminal. Affirms three convictions of dealing cocaine as Class B felonies.

SHF Enterprises, Inc. v. Richard D. Hailey, et al. (NFP)
49A02-0910-CV-962
Civil. Reverses order correcting the amount of damages owed by the Haileys on SHF’s complaint for breach of lease and confirming its intent to deny SHF’s request for attorney’s fees and prejudgment interest.

Quentin S. Phipps v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1002-CR-46
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony attempted armed robbery, Class C felony escape, Class D felony auto theft, and three counts of Class D felony criminal recklessness.

Clayton Frazier v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1005-CR-549
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following revocation of probation.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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