Opinions Dec. 30, 2011

December 30, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had issued no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

The following Indiana Supreme Court opinions were posted after IL deadline Thursday:

Diane Recker v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development, and FedEx Trade Networks
Agency appeal. Affirms denial of Recker’s claim for unemployment benefits. Recker was unable to complete a driving test necessary for her job and chose to resign immediately instead of take a three-day unpaid leave of absence. Finds her defense of having clogged ears was not a demonstrable impediment and the Review Board of Workforce Development was reasonable to find that she was discharged for just cause and ineligible for benefits.

State of Indiana v. Amanda Renzulli
Criminal. Reverses trial court grant of Renzulli’s motion to suppress evidence that was based on the grounds there was no reasonable suspicion for police to stop her while she was at a gas station. The police – who received a 911 call about a possible drunk driver in which the caller gave his address and phone number – did have reasonable suspicion to make the investigatory stop of Renzulli. Justice Dickson concurs in result and Justice Rucker dissents with separate opinion.

Friday’s opinions:
Indiana Court of Appeals

Jeremy L. Peters v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, holding that the use of Peters’ post-arrest, pre-Miranda silence during the state’s case-in-chief was not fundamental error because the evidence of his guilt was strong, the references to his silence were brief, and the references came amidst the narrative explaining the events after the crime.

Margaret Kosarko v. William A. Padula, Administrator of the Estate of Daniel L. Herndobler, Deceased
Civil tort. Reverses trial court’s denial of Kosarko’s motion for prejudgment interest, finding no evidence that she unduly delayed surgery that led to the increase in her medical bills, and that Padula had ample time to research the known dollar cost of the dispute and consider settlement. Judge Melissa May dissented, saying the conclusion reached by the appellate court majority did not address whether Kosarko’s damages were ascertainable during the 30 days in 2008 when Kosarko’s Qualified Settlement Offer was valid.

Mary Alice Manley and Gary Manley v. Ryan J. Sherer, M.D., and Sherer Family Medicine
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Sherer, holding that a dispute of fact exists as to whether Sherer’s failure to warn Zehr not to drive while she was under his care constitutes a continuing wrong that would toll the statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims and therefore make the Manleys’ complaint timely. Remands for further proceedings consistent with its opinion.

Midwest Psychological Center, Inc. v. Indiana Dept. of Administration, Correctional Medical Services, Inc., n/k/a Corizon, Inc., Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Inc., et al.
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s grant of appellees’ motions for judgment on pleadings, holding Midwest’s complaint does not show that it has standing to bring a judicial challenge to the Indiana Department of Administration regarding Minority Health’s MBE decertification or the allegations of a conflict of interest.

Julie R. Waterfield Irrevocable Trust Agreement Dated October 21, 1997; Richard R. Waterfield and J. Randall Waterfield v. The Trust Company of Oxford and Julie R. Waterfield
Trust. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of appellees, holding that the Waterfield children had not proved any claim of fraud or that their distributions from a pour-over trust would be affected by the reformation of their mother’s trust fund.

American Savings, FSB v. Steve H. Tokarski, Successor Personal Rep. of the Estate of John Wroblewski, on Behalf of the Estate
Collections. Reverses grant of summary judgment for Tokarski and denial of summary judgment for American Savings on the count involving the receipt of cashier’s checks to Milovanovic’s savings account. Remands for further proceedings.

Judy Ellis v. M&I Bank
Collections. Affirms trial court’s order granting M&I Bank immediate possession of real estate in which Ellis has a leasehold interest, concluding the order of possession was properly entered and the trial court therefore did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion to correct error.

Marvelean Williams v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction for resisting law enforcement, holding Williams has not shown that her conviction must be overturned and Williams had not cited any authority to convince the appellate court that police officers acted unlawfully when they handcuffed her for safety reasons while they conducted their investigation.

Taiwo K. Baker, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery and Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

Sassy Belle Sunderman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

George Foote, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Thad Suggs III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are forfeited for life.

Edward Mercer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for two counts of Class B felony robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

Jarrod Eugene Rodriguez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

William Scanlon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony resisting law enforcement.

Willie James Huggins, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms aggregate 34-year sentence with four years suspended to probation for three Class A felonies, one Class C felony and two Class A misdemeanors.

Carlos Garcia v. Indiana Dept. of Correction and Donna Carnagee (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Indiana Department of Correction and Donna Carnagee, holding that a material issue of fact exists as to whether the school Garcia attended in Florida is equivalent to a school in Indiana. Remands for the trial court to conduct an evidentiary hearing.

Shawn Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Jeffrey R. Double v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony auto theft and determination that Double is a habitual offender.

Dylan R. Sinn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms aggregate sentence of 13 years for violating probation, two Class D felony drug-related offenses, and being a habitual substance offender.

Tim Brauner v. RM & JP Investments, Inc. f/k/a Tools, Dies and Molds Co. (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s grant of RM & JP’s motion for summary judgment regarding Letter of Compensation, reverses grant of RM & JP’s motion for summary judgment with respect to Letter of Employment and affirms the denial of Brauner’s motion for summary judgment.

In Re: The Marriage of Linda Carpenter and Willie Carpenter (NFP)
Domestic relation. Remands to the dissolution court with instructions to exclude the vehicle in dissolution decree and order husband’s repayment of one-half of the difference between assets awarded to him and assets awarded to wife.

James Kindred, Thomas Kindred and Sam Kindred v. Betty Townsend and Harmon Crone (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of Crone’s motion for relief from judgment.  

Willis Simmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Larry D. Brossman v. Teresa A. Digrigoli (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of Brossman’s motion to correct error, holding the appeal is not timely.

Amy Rogers v. Michael Durand (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s order granting Durand’s motion to correct errors.

Jeffrey L. Wright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

In Re: The Estate of Lucille Lehnerd McMann, Mary Jane McMann, Elizabeth M. McMann and Patricia A. McMann v. Doreen McMann-Trimboli, Trustee; Lucille L. McMann Revocable Trust, et al. (NFP)
Estate, supervised. Affirms summary judgment in favor of McMann-Trimboli, holding she presented ample undisputed evidence that the will was not a product of undue influence.

Daniel Cardine v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Jamaal Tinsley v. Nancy Parrish (NFP)
Civil tort. Reverses trial court’s denial of Tinsley’s motion to set aside default judgment, holding he was entitled to relief from default judgment because he demonstrated excusable neglect and a meritorious defense. Remands for further proceedings.

Mark Van Eaton and Cynthia Van Eaton Vallimont v. The Ralph David Van Eaton Revocable Trust (NFP)
Trust. Affirms Dubois Circuit Court’s denial of appellants’ motion to correct improper venue.

Christopher R. Hardy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A and Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine, Class D felony possession of methamphetamine and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Indiana Tax Court and Indiana Supreme Court had issued no opinions by IL deadline.


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  1. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.

  2. I had a hospital and dcs caseworker falsify reports that my child was born with drugs in her system. I filed a complaint with the Indiana department of health....and they found that the hospital falsified drug screens in their investigation. Then I filed a complaint with human health services in Washington DC...dcs drug Testing is unregulated and is indicating false positives...they are currently being investigated by human health services. Then I located an attorney and signed contracts one month ago to sue dcs and Anderson community hospital. Once the suit is filed I am taking out a loan against the suit and paying a law firm to file a writ of mandamus challenging the courts jurisdiction to invoke chins case against me. I also forwarded evidence to a u.s. senator who contacted hhs to push an investigation faster. Once the lawsuit is filed local news stations will be running coverage on the situation. Easy day....people will be losing their jobs soon...and judge pancol...who has attempted to cover up what has happened will also be in trouble. The drug testing is a kids for cash and federal funding situation.

  3. (A)ll (C)riminals (L)ove (U)s is up to their old, "If it's honorable and pro-American, we're against it," nonsense. I'm not a big Pence fan but at least he's showing his patriotism which is something the left won't do.

  4. While if true this auto dealer should be held liable, where was the BMV in all of this? How is it that the dealer was able to get "clean" titles to these vehicles in order to sell them to unsuspecting consumers?

  5. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless [ ] Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. GOD BLESS THE GOVERNORS RESISTING! Count on the gutless judiciary to tie our children down and facilitate the swords being drawn across their throats. Wake Up America ...