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Opinions Dec. 9, 2010

December 9, 2010
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline:
Indiana Supreme Court
Dannie Ray Runyon v. State of Indiana
57S04-1006-CR-317
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation for failure to pay child support. The state has the burden to prove that a probationer violated a term of probation and that, if the term involved a payment requirement, the failure to pay was reckless, knowing, or intentional. The defendant probationer has the burden to show facts related to an inability to pay and indicating sufficient bona fide efforts to pay to persuade the trial court that further imprisonment shouldn’t be ordered. Justice Sullivan dissents.

Today’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

American Bank v. City of Menasha, et al.
10-1963
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Civil. Order corrects sentence in original opinion from Nov. 29, 2010.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Cavin E. Pogue v. State of Indiana
49A02-1001-CR-37
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass because Pogue had a limited contractual interest that gave him the right to be on the property in question at the time of his arrest. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement because his failure to drop a box cutter following a demand to do so by police amounts to the forcible obstruction of the law enforcement officer’s lawful execution of his duties.

State of Indiana v. Richard J. Laker, Jr.
24A04-0912-CR-736
Criminal. Affirms the grant of Laker’s motion to dismiss the charges against him: Class D felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are suspended, two counts of Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction thereof. The charging information was deficient because the charges did not inform Laker whether he needed to defend against operating the Lexus or the farm tractor. Judge Vaidik concurs in part and dissents in part.  

Brenda Truedell-Bell v. Marion County Treasurer and Auditor
49A04-1003-MI-215
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of petition for preliminary injunction to remove Truedell-Bell’s property from the property tax sale pending the outcome of her appeal for property tax reassessment. Truedell-Bell did not follow the proper administrative tax appeal procedure to have her property removed from the tax sale.

Lashann Montez Winfield v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A03-0909-CR-413
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony failure to register as sex offender.

James A. Bridges v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-CR-373
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated.

Phyllis A. Merriweather v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1005-CR-478
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal conversion.

Purcell Turner, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1004-CR-217
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony burglary.

Donald Lee Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
16A05-1006-CR-360
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation before the probationary period began and before he had been to his intake interview or signed the conditions of probation.

Felecia M. Rorer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1005-CR-293
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery.

David M. Burks-Bey v. Tippecanoe County Jail, et al. (NFP)
79A05-1004-MI-225
Miscellaneous. Reverses dismissal of Burks-Bey’s suit claiming the jail and others denied him access to prepare his pro se criminal defense. Remands for the trial court to conduct a hearing on whether the complaint should be dismissed.

In the Matter of B.D., Alleged to be CHINS; S.D. v. IDCS (NFP)
49A02-1005-JC-630
Juvenile. Affirms order finding that reasonable efforts to reunify the mother and her child aren’t required and the order changing the permanency plan for B.D. from reunification to adoption.

Kimberly Covey v. Steven Covey (NFP)
55A05-1004-DR-298
Domestic relation. Dismisses appeal of order dissolving marriage.

Tyson D. Warner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1005-CR-548
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to compel the production of two pieces of evidence Warner alleges were used against him at his probation-revocation hearing.

Jean Lukes v. Lisa A. Moore (NFP)
48A02-0909-CV-837
Civil. Affirms small-claims judgment in favor of Moore in an action against Lukes arising from home improvements performed by Moore.

Carlos M. Drane v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0912-CR-1251
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder.

Troy Flanagan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0910-CR-963
Criminal. Affirms convictions of corrupt business influence and three counts of attempting to receive stolen property.

Shanta Vance v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1002-CR-321
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Susan Kirk v. Aaron Kirk (NFP)
52A02-1005-DR-594
Domestic relation. Affirms the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying Susan’s request for a continuance and that the trial judge did not err in not recusing himself during the final hearing. Affirms that the trial court did not err in excluding an alleged debt from the marital property or abuse its discretion in valuing and dividing that marital property.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.C., et al.; T.C. and J.C. v. I.D.C.S. and Lake County CASA (NFP)
45A04-1004-JT-283
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Lewis Jerome McNeary v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1005-CR-580
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony reckless homicide.

James K. Bohannon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
40A01-1004-CR-190
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony arson.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at 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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