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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. Just an aside, but regardless of the outcome, I 'm proud of Judge William Hughes. He was the original magistrate on the Home place issue. He ruled for Home Place, and was primaried by Brainard for it. Their tool Poindexter failed to unseat Hughes, who won support for his honesty and courage throughout the county, and he was reelected Judge of Hamilton County's Superior Court. You can still stand for something and survive. Thanks, Judge Hughes!

  2. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  3. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  4. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  5. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

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