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Opinions Dec. 21, 2011

December 21, 2011
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The following Indiana Supreme Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday:
In the Matter of: Lawrence T. Newman
49S00-0907-DI-331
Discipline. Suspends Lawrence Newman for 18 months without automatic reinstatement. Finds he committed misconduct by failing to comply with a client's reasonable requests for an accounting of the hours he worked prior to being discharged, by charging an unreasonable fee, by failing to withdraw from representation promptly after being discharged and by failing to return the client's file after its retention was no longer necessary to secure payment of his fee. Justice Rucker dissents in part and Justice David did not participate in the case.

Wednesday’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.


Indiana Court of Appeals
Hans Maldonado v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A05-1104-CR-231
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Dominick L. Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1105-CR-219
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

Arthur D. Miles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1104-PC-320
Post conviction. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Thomas Aufiero v. Daniel Ricks (NFP)
79A04-1107-PO-350
Protection order. Affirms entry of the protective order. Reverses order with respect to the provision limiting Aufiero from being present on the premises of Ricks’ place of employment and remands for reconsideration of that provision’s scope.

Jesse J. Dixon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-1003-CR-822
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class C felony child molesting.

Lyndon J. Woodward v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1104-CR-219
Criminal. Affirms convictions of possession of paraphernalia as a Class A misdemeanor and two counts of Class D felony possession of a controlled substance.

Michael A. Caputo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A01-1103-PC-123
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at 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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