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Opinions Dec. 30, 2010

December 30, 2010
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The following opinions were posted after IL deadline Wednesday.

Indiana Tax Court

AOL, LLC v. Indiana Dept. of State Revenue (NFP)
49T10-0903-TA-7
Tax. Reverses Indiana Department of State Revenue’s final determinations, which denied AOL’s two claims for refund. Orders the department to refund to AOL the use taxes it paid during the tax periods at issue.

United Parcel Service Inc. v. Indiana Dept. of State Revenue (NFP)
49T10-0704-TA-24
Tax. Grants UPS’ motion for summary judgment and denies the Indiana Department of State Revenue’s motion for summary judgment. Reverses the department’s denial of UPS’ claim for refund of corporate income tax for 2000 and its assessment of additional corporate income tax against UPS for 2001.

Today’s opinions

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Richmond State Hospital, et al. v. Paula Brattain, Francis Ernst, et al.
49A02-0908-CV-718
Civil. Denies the state’s petition and grants the employees’ petition to clarify the Court of Appeals’ instructions on remand for determining the merit employees’ damages. Concludes merit employees are entitled to back pay for the period beginning either 10 days before the filing of the July 29, 1993, complaint, or 10 days before the filing of their individual administrative grievances, whichever comes first, until the date that the state abolished the split class system. The trial court must determine whether the state terminated the split class system on Sept. 12 or Sept. 19, 1993.
 
Kathy Inman v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.
41A01-1005-CT-223
Civil. Reverses trial court’s denial of Inman’s motion for prejudgment interest pursuant to Indiana Code Section 34-51-4-5 in her action against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Remands with instructions that the trial court’s order be amended to require payment of prejudgment interest consistent with this opinion.

Christopher Jewell v. State of Indiana
32A04-1003-CR-187
Criminal. Affirms convictions and aggregate 40-year term for six counts of sexual misconduct and child molesting. Jewell argued recorded statements admitted as evidence in this case were procured and admitted in violation of his federal and state constitutional rights to counsel. Court of Appeals concludes that Jewell’s statements were not obtained unconstitutionally because although Jewell had been charged and had hired counsel in an unrelated case, he had not been charged with the present crimes when the subject phone calls took place.

Paternity of R.M.; K.B. v. S.M.
45A04-1001-JP-14
Juvenile. Reverses and remands trial court’s order granting the motion filed by S.M. (mother) to dismiss K.B.'s (putative father) petition to establish paternity of S.M.’s child, R.M., based on the doctrine of laches. S.M. married R.M.’s presumptive father when S.M. was pregnant with R.M., who was born in 1996. The presumptive father died in 2006, and a home DNA test that year showed a 99.99 percent chance that K.B. is R.M.’s biological father.

Roscoe C. Fry II v. State of Indiana
30A01-1005-CR-244
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s denial of Fry’s motion to correct erroneous sentence. Remands with instructions to determine whether Fry has completed his sentence and probation and, if not, to clarify or modify his sentence as necessary so that the combined term of the executed portion of Fry’s sentence, including any time served prior to the date of the sentencing order, and his probation do not exceed one year.

K.A. v. State of Indiana
49A02-1004-JV-527
Juvenile. Reverses juvenile court’s modification of dispositional orders after K.A. allegedly violated his probation. K.A. contended the juvenile court violated his due process rights by modifying his disposition after a hearing at which the state presented no evidence of the alleged probation violation. Court of Appeals concludes that because the modification was predicated on the alleged probation violation, principles of fundamental fairness required the state to present evidence of the allegation.

Dwayne Rhoiney v. State of Indiana
49A05-1007-PC-482
Post-conviction. Reverses post-conviction court’s denial of petition for post-conviction relief and remands for resentencing.

Hezekiah Colbert v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A04-1004-CR-259
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony attempted murder, Class A felony burglary, and finding that Colbert is a habitual offender.
 
Donnie R. Pierce v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1006-CR-347
Criminal. Concludes the state presented sufficient evidence to convict Pierce of the charged offense, and that the mistake in the Abstract of Judgment should be corrected to enter the conviction of criminal mischief as a Class B misdemeanor.
 
Jeffrey Adams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
28A04-1006-CR-405
Criminal. Affirms convictions of aiding in reckless homicide, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and reckless driving.
 
Termination of Parent-Child Relationship of S.H., et al.; A.M. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services, et al. (NFP)
49A02-1005-JT-623
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.
 
Troy H. Worthington Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1004-CR-223
Criminal. Affirms sentence following a plea of guilty to criminal recklessness, a Class D felony.
 
Johnny N. Standberry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1003-CR-508
Criminal. Affirms convictions of theft, a Class D felony; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.
 
Bernard Markey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-PC-371
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
 
Paternity of C.B.; D.B. v. A.C. (NFP)
29A05-1004-JP-321
Juvenile. Affirms trial court’s order awarding A.C. (father) sole physical and legal custody of the parties’ minor child, C.B.
 
In the Matter of Z.T.; S.W. v. Marion Co. Dept. of Child Services, et al. (NFP)
49A04-1004-JC-252
Juvenile. Affirms trial court’s adjudication of Z.T. as a child in need of services.
 
Dione J. Osuna v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1005-CR-252
Criminal. Affirms conviction of possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number, a Class C felony.
 
Kenneth Hopper v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1006-CR-299
Criminal. Affirms sentence following judgment of conviction of guilty but mentally ill.
 
Chester L. Triplett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1001-CR-33
Criminal. Affirms sentence following a plea of guilty to dealing in cocaine, a Class B felony.
 
Opie W. Glass v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1005-CR-247
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony burglary and two counts of Class C felony theft.

C.S. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development, et al. (NFP)
93A02-1005-EX-537
Civil. Affirms the determination of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which denied unemployment benefits to C.S.
 
Billy R. Case v. State of Indiana (NFP)
40A01-1004-CR-230
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor and trial court’s restitution order.
 
Charles Hartsell Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1005-PC-359
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
 
Wesley Crabtree v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-CR-646
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order revoking probation and imposing the execution of Crabtree’s previously suspended sentence.
 
Kenny Hawkins Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1005-CR-268
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for dealing in cocaine, a Class B felony.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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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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