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Opinions Dec. 6, 2011

December 6, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
A.A.Q. v. State of Indiana
71A03-1105-JV-239
Juvenile. Affirms judgment of juvenile court finding A.A.Q. a juvenile delinquent for committing an act that would have been Class A misdemeanor trespass if committed by an adult. Holds that A.A.Q. and his parents waived the right to counsel.

Tyronne Dickerson v. State of Indiana
45A04-1104-CR-160
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class A felony dealing in narcotics, holding the trial court did not err in granting state’s request to allow a confidential informant to testify and that Dickerson was not able to prove that the testimony substantially tainted the entire trial.   

Continental Insurance Co., National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford, Continental Casualty Co., and Columbia Casualty Co. v. Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., and Waste Management Holdings, Inc.
49A02-1010-PL-1110
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s determination that Waste Management Holdings might be entitled to coverage under the insurers’ policies. Remands to trial court for proceedings consistent with opinion. Judge James Kirsch dissented without a separate opinion.

Bonita G. Hilliard, in her capacity as Trustee of the H. David and Bonita G. Hilliard Living Trust v. Timothy E. Jacobs
28A04-1106-CT-284
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s ruling in favor of Jacobs, finding no merit in Hilliard’s due process and fundamental fairness concerns and that res judicata applies, as the issues have already been decided adversely to Hilliard.

Indiana Regional Recycling, Inc.v. Belmont Industrial, Inc.
49A02-1103-PL-263
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s summary judgment in favor of Belmont Industrial, holding that the trial court erred in granting Belmont’s cross-motion for partial summary judgment and motion for summary judgment based on its findings that Indiana Regional did not have an easement on Belmont’s property and that it erred in finding Belmont did not commit tortious interference with Indiana Regional’s contract with its tenant. Remands for further proceedings.

John V. Dora v. State of Indiana
07A01-1102-CR-51
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to suppress evidence, holding that warrantless searches did not violate Dora’s rights under the Fourth Amendment or under Article I, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution.

Toshiano Ishii, Matthew Stone, Greg Hardin, Lisa Hardin, William Neely, and Michael Grider, et al. v. The Hon. William E. Young, Judge
49A02-1103-PL-316
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s order granting Judge William E. Young’s motion to dismiss, holding that the trial court did not err in finding that it lacked jurisdiction to issue a writ of mandamus or prohibition and that appellants lacked standing.

Toby Carroll v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1008-CR-572
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order denying motion for jail time credit, holding Carroll was due no credit time for time served prior to sentencing.

Michael Anthony Castillo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1104-CR-154
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony reckless homicide. Holds that while trial court abused its discretion by using an improper aggravating factor, Castillo’s sentence is not inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense and his character.

Cameron Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1103-CR-102
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

Spencer Norvell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1104-CR-349
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony trafficking with an inmate.

A.D. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1105-JV-451
Juvenile. Affirms true finding that A.D. committed an act that would constitute the offense of Class B felony attempted robbery if committed by an adult.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of H.B., B.B., and J.M.; C.M. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services, and Lake County Court Appointed Special Advocate (NFP)
45A03-1104-JT-144
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

Travis L. Anderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
12A02-1103-CR-194
Criminal. Affirms sentence of six years, with one suspended to probation, for Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

Gary Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1105-CR-400
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

In Re the Marriage of: Duane Maxwell Jennings v. Richelle Danea Jennings (NFP)
49A04-1101-DR-60
Domestic relation. Holds that marriage dissolution decree committed a clerical error in not requiring the wife to transfer car title to the husband and remands for action consistent with opinion. Affirms decree in other regards.

Ronald Coldren v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A04-1106-CR-320
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery.

Toriano Meade v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1104-CR-363
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Class B felony possession of cocaine.

Louis D. Cole v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1105-CR-199
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of S.S., C.T., K.G.T., and K.M.T.; L.S. and A.T. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
10A04-1102-JT-92
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights for mother and father.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had issued no opinions as of 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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