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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
93S02-1105-EX-285
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
32S04-1102-CR-117
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
43A05-1103-CR-144
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
45A03-1012-CT-668
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
59A01-1104-PL-190
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.
49A02-1103-MI-213
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
49A04-1103-TR-95
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
45A04-1105-CC-237
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
49A05-1107-CC-334
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
49A02-1105-CR-418
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)
20A03-1104-CR-164
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery and Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

Sassy Belle Sunderman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1105-CR-232
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

George Foote, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
28A04-1102-PC-140
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Thad Suggs III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1105-CR-240
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are forfeited for life.

Edward Mercer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A04-1012-CR-800
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)
79A02-1012-CR-1406
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

William Scanlon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1106-CR-504
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony resisting law enforcement.

Willie James Huggins, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A05-1106-CR-276
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)
48A04-1108-MI-434
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)
71A04-1106-CR-491
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Jeffrey R. Double v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A04-1103-CR-151
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)
84A01-1106-CR-318
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)
02A04-1106-PL-321
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)
89A01-1101-DR-1
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)
60A04-1101-PL-42
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of Crone’s motion for relief from judgment.  

Willis Simmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1106-CR-316
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Larry D. Brossman v. Teresa A. Digrigoli (NFP)
32A01-1103-DR-106
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of Brossman’s motion to correct error, holding the appeal is not timely.

Amy Rogers v. Michael Durand (NFP)
29A05-1105-DR-221
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s order granting Durand’s motion to correct errors.

Jeffrey L. Wright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1104-CR-216
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)
71A04-1103-ES-106
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)
45A04-1105-PC-267
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Jamaal Tinsley v. Nancy Parrish (NFP)
49A05-1104-CT-162
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)
19A01-1108-TR-352
Trust. Affirms Dubois Circuit Court’s denial of appellants’ motion to correct improper venue.

Christopher R. Hardy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1105-CR-233
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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  2. This guy sounds like the classic molester/manipulator.

  3. Louis D. Brandeis was born in 1856. At 9 years of age it would have been 1865. The Brandeis family did not own slaves. My source Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin L. Urofsky.

  4. My name is Matthew Lucas Major, I recently went through a jury trial in Bloomington , In. It was the week of Feb 19-21. Although I have been incarcerated since August 5, 2014. The reason I 'am writing to you sir is on the 21 of February the jury came in with a very excessive and wrongful verdict of guilty on 6 child molesting charges against my daughter who was 9 at the time I was accused. I also had 2 other Felonies one of Intimidation and 1 of Sexual Vicarious Gratification. Judge Marc Kellam on the second day of trial gave me a not guilty on those 2 felonies. The jury was sent out during that time and when brought back Judge Kellam told them to not concern themselves with the 2 Felonies that he ruled on them. They were told to not let evidence they had already heard influence there verdicts. I never in my life touched any child sexually and definitely not with my own daughter. When I was arrested Detective Shawn Karr told me I would be convicted guilty just on my daughters word even without evidence. That's just what happened. my public defender did me so wrong he never once proved to the court and jury all the lies the child told, and Jeremy Noel my public defender could of proven the lies easily. The stories in Serenity's depositions and Forensic interview changed and were not consistent as Prosecutor Darcie Fawcett claimed they were. Yet my attorney never mentioned that. The facts that the child accused me of full penetration in her vagina and rectum was proven lies. Doctor Roberta Hibbard of Riley hospital in Indianapolis confirmed Serenity's hymen intact, no scars, no tearing, no signs of rape to her. Yet my attorney didn't use that knowledge . the DNA was all in my favor. I tell you I will spend my entire life in prison going through rape and beatings etc. even Judge Kellam abused his authority by telling the jurors to listen and believe what the prosecutors side in evidence like my daughters testimony. In one interview with the detectives my daughter got flustered with her mom and said on camera " I'm saying what you told me to mom"!! Yet Mr. Noel said nor did anything to even resemble a defense attorney. Judge Kellam allowed edited version of a taped conversation between the child and her mother. Also Judge Kellam allowed the Prosecutor too bring in to my case a knife found under my seat, the knife wasn't part of my case. She was allowed by my attorney and the judge to put a huge picture of it on the screen and huge picture of my naked privates in a full courtroom and open court. Ms. Fawcett says to jury see how easy Mr. Major could reach the knife and cut his Childs throat. Even though I had no weapons charge against these cases. This gave the jurors prejudice thought against me thinking I threatened her with that knife and how scared she would of been knowing i could get it and kill her. On my sentencing court March 19, 2014 my public defender told Judge Kellam he wish to resign from being my attorney and wished for the court to give me outside council to file a error to trial or appeal. We were denied. Now after openly knowing my public defender don't want to represent me he has to. Well when as parents we make our kids clean a room when they really don't wish to, well the child will but don't mean she will do a good job, that's where I'm at with Mr. Noel. please dont ignore mine and my families pleas for your help . we have all the legal proof you could need to prove Im innocent. Please dont make my spend years in prison innocent when you can fix this wrong. Im not saying Im a perfect man or that I was a perfect dad to my 2 children none of us are. Ive made some bad choices in life and I paid for them. But I didnt ever touch or rape my daughter . I love my children with all my heart. And now through needing attention and a ex-wife who told my granny several times she wish she could put me in prison to get me out of their lives. Well my ex finally accomplished her goal. Sad part is she is destroying our daughter with all this horrific lies and things she taught my daughter to say. My daughter will need therapist to ever hope for a chance of a normal life after what she had done to her by her mom and their side of the family. My daughter told everyone even on stand she had a dream months before i supposedly molested her in this dream I was molesting her and when I finally did it matched her dream perfectly. She admitted to watching movies about little girls being molested and watching U-Tube videos about child molesting all before it happened supposedly to her. Doesn't that sound very unusual that a non molested 9 yr old would need to know so much about being molested? The only reason I could think a 9 year old would need so much information is to be prepared to know what to say and be able to say how it felt what took place etc.. So when questioned by authorities she would be prepared. And there again sir if a parent is pre grooming a 9 year old child she would need intimate details . Like telling her daughter about a couple moles on my private area. The child admitted to sneaking my cell and looking many many times at nudes of me and my girlfriend even one where my penis was entering my girlfriends vagina. In that picture my moles are obvious. Yet when prosecutor showed everyone in court my privates and pictures of the moles she said the only way the child would know about them is if she saw them for herself. My attorney once again said nothing about the pictures my child saw. Or could a ex-wife be able to describe my moles to help her case against getting rid of me? I beg you help me. This is my very existence. Ive lost everything , a good job, a wonderful girlfriend, my freedom, but worse thing Ive lost is my children. They were my reason to get up every morning and strive to be better. The wonderful bond I had with my Serenity is gone. After this I would be afraid to even hug her for fear of what next can they do to me. I'm not afraid to tell you I sit here in this cell and try to hold back my tears. Everyone knows you cant show weakness in prison. My life has already been threatened here at Wabash Valley Prison. After only 3 days of arrival. I was tricked into signing a waiver now Im in G Block General Population with 6 child molesting felony charges. Mrs. Hart as a 18 year old I almost died hooked to machines in hospital almost 1 month and now I know that fear was childish compared to this . I cant help but put emotions in this, after all Mrs. Hart Im human and God help Me I never been more afraid in my life. I didnt hurt my little girl I didnt touch her sexually. As much as it shreds me and fills my mind what Im facing I worry more about my mom and granny because of their great love for me mam they are suffering so deeply. I aint done this things but my loved ones suffering right along beside me and If you take my case you will be in essence freeing them also. I sent momma this letter and asked her to email it to you. I'm scared I have been done so unjustly by our legal system and I need you to fix this and give me freedom. I ask you please don't just ignore my pleas. Here in America its nice to be able to trust our legal justice system, well they destroyed my and my loved ones trust in our justice system . And I'm trusting in You !!! My entire family is suffering this nightmare with me. My 77 year old granny had a stroke and isn't doing so well. My single mother that raised 3 kids alone is dying from Lupus and since my arrest has stayed so sick and weary. Our lives torn to peices by a government I was taught I could trust in. my momma has tried so many innocent project and wrongfully accused and cant get anywhere. please please help me. A quote from the late Nelson Mandela: To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, But to live in a way that respects and enhances The Freedom Of Others. I have Faith in you and your clinic to cast my chains off and give me freedom I do deserve as a wrongfully accused Man, son, brother, father, friend. Matthew Major DOC# 246179 Cause # : 53c02-1308-FA-000779 God Bless you. Please contact me with your decision so I know you made a life changing decision for me , just please at least write me so I know you care enough about your citizens to respond to cries for your help. You can speak openly with my mother Charlotte Spain (828) 476-0406: 71 Lakeview Dr. Canton, NC 28716 Thank You Matthew Major I know yall get thousands of request and inmates claiming innocence, and each person who are innocent deserve to have organizations like yours willing to fight for them and I give yall so much Thanks and I thank God everyday yall are out there caring enough to help free the innocents. Since discovering firsthand how easily lives and families can be destroyed by Poor Defense attorneys not doing their job . And Prosecutors allowed to do as they please in court

  5. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

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