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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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)
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)
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)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

Spencer Norvell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony trafficking with an inmate.

A.D. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

Travis L. Anderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

In Re the Marriage of: Duane Maxwell Jennings v. Richelle Danea Jennings (NFP)
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)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery.

Toriano Meade v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)
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)
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. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

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