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Opinions Feb. 14, 2012

February 14, 2012
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Monday:
St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company v. Schilli Transportation Services, Inc.
No. 11-2307
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich.
Civil. Reverses District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. – Schilli Transporation’s insurer – holding that the insurance policy was ambiguous as to the nature of the defendants’ liability for the deductible. Reverses and remands for further proceedings.

Tuesday’s opinions

The 7th Circuit Court of appeals had posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

In Re: The Marriage of K.Z. and M.H.
43A05-1107-DR-436
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s order modifying dissolution decree to reflect that a child of the marriage between K.Z. and M.H. had been born after their divorce. Citing mother’s statement in the original dissolution decree, holds that no question of paternity exists, and therefore, the court did not abuse its discretion in modifying the dissolution decree at the father’s request.

State of Indiana v. Renee Lynch
49A02-1105-CR-529
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s grant of Lynch’s motion to suppress evidence obtained from a traffic stop, holding that because she did not turn left from a designated turn-only lane, a police officer had probable cause to pull her over for that infraction, and therefore evidence of her intoxication during that traffic stop is admissible.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of C.M., G.M., and R.M.; A.M. (Mother) and C.M. (Father) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services, Dearborn County Office
15A01-1104-JT-204
Juvenile. On petition for rehearing, affirms original opinion that the Department of Child Services must make a prima facie showing about current conditions before the parents are obliged to come forward with evidence. Holds that the Legislature chose to require proof of present conditions before a child can be removed from a home and that the appellate court is not at liberty to alter statutory language.

Austin White v. Jessamyn Rhymer (NFP)
25A05-1109-SC-507
Small claims. Affirms trial court’s denial of White’s motion to set aside judgment when it dismissed his counterclaim. Holds that White has established the trial court committed a prima facie error when it awarded attorney fees to Rhymer and therefore reverses on that ground.

Michael T. Hackworth v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1106-CR-526
Criminal. Affirms conviction of two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and for being a habitual offender.

Robert M. Nolan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A01-1007-CR-433
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony child molesting, two counts of Class D felony child seduction and Class B felony rape.

R.T. Moore Co., Inc., FAHS Construction Group, Hearth at Tudor Gardens, LLC and Hearth at Juday Creek, LLC vs. Slant/Fin Corporation (NFP)
49A04-1109-CC-463
Civil collections. Reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment of Slant/Fin Corporation, holding that Slant/Fin was a “materialman” in its agreement with DuraFlo, that the materialman-to-materialman relationship does not permit Slant/Fin to hold a mechanic’s lien or seek protections of the Personal Liability Notice Statute.

Gerald P. VanPatten v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1103-CR-113
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class A felony child molesting and one conviction for Class C felony child molesting.

Keith R. Erwin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-CR-584
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor trespass.

Roy A. Dinwiddie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
90A02-1106-CR-569
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony battery.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of B.T. and L.T. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1107-JT-665
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

Brandi Lynn Ramsey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1105-CR-443
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to revoke probation and order to sever remainder of sentence.

William Lamar Bass v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1109-CR-835
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony attempted murder and Class C felony criminal recklessness.

William K. Aynes v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1106-CR-517
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order revoking probation.

Aileen (Scott) Kruse v. James D. Scott (NFP)
29A04-1106-DR-303
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s order resolving father’s child support arrearage and other child support issues.

Richard William, as Personal Rep. of the Estate of Mary Lee Enlow, Deceased, and Vickie Lee Williams v. Kevin Heavner, as Personal Rep. of the Estate of Norman Heavner, Deceased (NFP)
87A05-1104-PL-235
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s judgment in favor of deceased’s personal representative.

Kathleen T. Mercier v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and HSS Systems, Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1107-EX-719
Civil. Affirms decision by the Department of Workforce Development Review Board that Mercier was discharged for just cause and therefore was not entitled to unemployment benefits.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of K.E. & H.E. (Minor Children) and D.E. (Father) & D.E. (Mother) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
72A01-1107-JT-331
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights for mother and father.

Delaney Wright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1106-CR-562
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony residential entry.

Rick Carter v. Kristina Anderson (NFP)
41A01-1107-PO-301
Protective order. Reverses protective order in favor of Anderson, holding that the trial court did not listen to Carter’s witnesses or allow him to enter evidence in his defense and misinterpreted the grounds for issuing a protective order.

John Rogers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A05-1109-PC-525
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

James Arthur v. Michael F. Ward, as Personal Rep. of the Estate of Judith A. Arthur and Delbert N. Arthur, III, Individually (NFP)
22A01-1107-PL-326
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of appellees, holding James Arthur did not demonstrate a material issue of fact as to whether his mother signed estate documents. Remanded to the trial court for further litigation on the mother’s testamentary capacity, holding James Arthur had provided sufficient evidence to create a genuine issue of material fact on that claim.  

The Indiana Supreme  Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. I work with some older lawyers in the 70s, 80s, and they are sharp as tacks compared to the foggy minded, undisciplined, inexperienced, listless & aimless "youths" being churned out by the diploma mill law schools by the tens of thousands. A client is generally lucky to land a lawyer who has decided to stay in practice a long time. Young people shouldn't kid themselves. Experience is golden especially in something like law. When you start out as a new lawyer you are about as powerful as a babe in the cradle. Whereas the silver halo of age usually crowns someone who can strike like thunder.

  2. YES I WENT THROUGH THIS BEFORE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION WITH MY YOUNGEST SON PEOPLE NEED TO LEAVE US ALONE WITH DCS IF WE ARE NOT HURTING OR NEGLECT OUR CHILDREN WHY ARE THEY EVEN CALLED OUT AND THE PEOPLE MAKING FALSE REPORTS NEED TO GO TO JAIL AND HAVE A CLASS D FELONY ON THERE RECORD TO SEE HOW IT FEELS. I WENT THREW ALOT WHEN HE WAS TAKEN WHAT ELSE DOES THESE SCHOOL WANT ME TO SERVE 25 YEARS TO LIFE ON LIES THERE TELLING OR EVEN LE SAME THING LIED TO THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR JUST SO I WOULD GET ARRESTED AND GET TIME HE THOUGHT AND IT TURNED OUT I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO NOT PROUD OF WHAT HAPPEN AND SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR MY CHILD I AM DISABLED AND SICK OF GETTING TREATED BADLY HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF I CALLED APS ON THEM FOR A CHANGE THEN THEY CAN COME AND ARREST THEM RIGHT OUT OF THE SCHOOL. NOW WE ARE HOMELESS AND THE CHILDREN ARE STAYING WITH A RELATIVE AND GUARDIAN AND THE SCHOOL WON'T LET THEM GO TO SCHOOL THERE BUT WANT THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL WHERE BULLYING IS ALLOWED REAL SMART THINKING ON A SCHOOL STAFF.

  3. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  4. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  5. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

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