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Opinions Dec. 31, 2012

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No Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court or Indiana Tax Court opinions were released on Wednesday. No Indiana opinions were released before IL deadline Wednesday by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dec. 31, 2012
Indiana Court of Appeals
Indiana Public Employee Retirement Fund v. Paul Bryson
49A04-1201-MI-2
Miscellaneous. Affirms original opinion that Bryson’s on-duty injury was a “covered impairment” making him eligible for Class 1 impairment disability benefits even though he had a pre-existing condition.

Damon Ray Bowers v. State of Indiana
55A04-1204-CR-180
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to suppress evidence gathered at a traffic stop and remands for further proceedings. Finds the minimal intrusion into Bowers’ activity caused by the brief traffic stop was justified based on the police having reasonable suspicion that he was intoxicated.

Lisa Svenstrup v. Thomas Svenstrup
29A02-1206-DR-452
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court denial of mother’s petition for allocation of college expenses, holding that where mother petitioned for educational support prior to a child’s emancipation age which was denied by a trial court, a child support order is subject to modification upon the showing of changed circumstances so substantial and continuing as to make terms of the existing order unreasonable.

Israel Cruz v. State of Indiana
49A02-1204-CR-301
Criminal. Reverses Cruz’s conviction of operating a vehicle while suspended as a habitual traffic violator. Rules that even though there is ample evidence that Cruz knew he had never received a license and that he was not supposed to drive because he was unlicensed, the state did not charge him with driving without having received a license. Instead, it chose to charge him with driving while suspended but did not provide sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Cruz knew he was suspended.  

Albert Jackson Counce v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A05-1206-CR-29
Criminal. Affirms 20-year sentence for conviction of Class B felony robbery resulting in injury.
 
In Re the Paternity of Z.H.; S.E. v. C.H. (NFP)
82A05-1205-JP-257
Juvenile/parenting. Dismisses appeal of order for parties to participate in treatment, counseling and therapy.

Dandre Matlock v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1205-CR-465
Criminal. Affirms convictions of dealing and possession of marijuana and cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of neglect of a dependent.
 
Roy G. Lewis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A05-1207-CR-347
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and execution of suspended sentence for Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Damon Gee v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1203-CR-257
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and Class D felony possession of a stolen vehicle.   

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of A.D.; and M.D. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
71A03-1204-JT-204
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.
 
Micha Seymour v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1206-CR-489
Criminal. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands with instructions to vacate a habitual offender adjudication and vacate the 30-year sentence enhancement on a conviction of attempted murder.

Arthur J. Bryant v. State of Indiana (NFP)
31A04-1109-PC-542
Post-conviction relief/rehearing. Reaffirms denial of post-conviction relief.

In Re the Paternity of K.H., S.E. v. C.H. (NFP)
82A01-1205-JP-222
Juvenile. Dismisses appeal of order that parties participate in treatment, counseling and therapy.

Roy Bessler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A04-1201-CR-37
Criminal. Affirms conviction and 30-year sentence on two counts each of Class A and Class B felony dealing in cocaine.  

George R. Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
59A05-1205-CR-253
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Francis McDonnell, M.D. v. Stacy Wissel, as Trustee of the Bankruptcy Estate of Roy L. Harris and Anita K. Harris (NFP)
82A04-1202-CT-56
Civil tort. Affirms trial court determination of liability and interest but reverses prejudgment interest award.

James L. Morgan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
88A01-1206-CR-254
Criminal. Affirms trial court order imposing sanctions after revocation of probation.  

Kimberly A. Harrison and Christine G. Portell v. Yale Rice, III, as Trustee of the Yale Rice, Jr. Living Trust, et al. (NFP)
06A01-1203-TR-126
Trust. Affirms trial court approval of final accounting and finding of no breach of fiduciary duty by the trustee.

Paulette Petkovich, et al. v. Prime Contractors Co., Inc. (NFP)
64A03-1203-MF-102
Mortgage foreclosure/rehearing. Affirms prior ruling in all respects, again denying Prime’s request for appellate attorney fees.

Joseph Ward v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1206-CR-277
Criminal. Affirms 34-year sentence for convictions of Class A felony child molestation and Class C felony child exploitation.
 
Joseph Rushing v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1201-PC-91
Post-conviction relief. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief on child molestation convictions.

Job Steel Corp, and Lisco, Inc. v. Board of Zoning Appeals of the Town of Burns Harbor and the Plan Commission of the Town of Burns Harbor (NFP)
64A05-1205-PL-245
Civil plenary. Affirms the Board of Zoning Appeals’ denial of an application for a special exception to operate a truck terminal.

Marvin Dewayne Davey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1205-CR-229
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Davey serve remainder of sentence in the Department of Correction.

Joseph Laich, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1205-CR-206
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery.

T.S. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1204-JV-213
Juvenile. Affirms commitment of T.S. to the Department of Correction for an indeterminate time at a juvenile correctional facility after adjudication as a delinquent for an act that would be Class C felony battery with a deadly weapon if committed by an adult.  

Ronald Rostochak v. State of Indiana (NFP)
92A05-1112-CR-688
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence of 25 years executed for a conviction of Class A felony child molestation.

Jason Castillo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A04-1204-CR-212
Criminal. Affirms conviction and six-year sentence for convictions of Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after lifetime suspension and Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of at least 0.15 percent.

Bradley C. Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A02-1204-CR-348
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molestation.

Shawn D. Jaco v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1203-CR-104
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony aggravated battery and Class C felony criminal confinement.

Demaris Snyder Wehr, Timothy John Snyder, Terence Glen Snyder and Daniel Owen Snyder v. Thomas Price, II, individually and as the named executor of the estate of Nilah Snyder, et al. (NFP)
89A04-1202-PL-76
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court judgment on pleadings concluding that beneficiaries had not breached any contract or tortiously interfered with any inheritance.

Townsend H. Porter, Jr., Townsend Porter Revocable Trust, and Brian H. Merritt v. 1st Source Bank (NFP)
71A03-1205-CC-236
Civil collection. Affirms trial court’s denial of Porter’s request for exemption from proceedings supplemental.

 

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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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