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Opinions Feb. 16, 2011

February 16, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jeff Whitely, et al. v. Anthony Moravec, et al.
09-3302
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge David F. Hamilton.
Civil. Plaintiffs sued an Indiana company incorporated in New York to satisfy the penalty claims after the Indiana company entered into bankruptcy and was late paying wages and fringe benefits. Affirms the District Court correctly concluded that New York Bus. Corp. L. Section 630(a) doesn’t make defendants liable for a penalty under Indiana law.

Indiana Supreme Court
Jeffrey Tharp v. State of Indiana
49S02-1005-CR-256
Criminal. Reverses Tharp’s conviction of invasion of privacy. The evidence is insufficient that he received adequate notice of the protective order.

Richard Joslyn v. State of Indiana
49S04-1102-CR-85
Criminal. Affirms Joslyn’s convictions of stalking and invasion of privacy. The minor defect in the service of a protective order was cured by Joslyn’s statements to police and his testimony at trial that he found the protective order at his residence.

Indiana Court of Appeals
James M. Thompson, D.O. v. Amy Gerowitz, et al.
49A05-1005-CT-296
Civil tort. Affirms the trial court properly denied Dr. Thompson’s motion for judgment on the evidence on the issue of causation. Thompson waived his argument regarding judgment on the evidence on the issue of informed consent because he raised it for the first time on appeal. Orders a new trial based on the allegations of juror misconduct and bias.

Don J. Herrington Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1008-CR-924
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony intimidation.

Keith Hopkins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1007-CR-426
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

D'Wan Maxwell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-CR-622
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

SS Enterprise v. La Joya Apartment, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1005-CC-592
Civil collections. Affirms dismissal with prejudice of SS Enterprise’s complaint against La Joya Apartment.

Barbara L. Earle v. State of Indiana (NFP)
26A01-1005-CR-250
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for murder.

Joey Addison v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1006-CR-354
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

Emily R. Meyer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-1007-CR-425
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony conspiracy to commit murder.

Timothy Allen Anderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1007-CR-436
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Tony Lee Parish v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1006-CR-398
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary and sentences for that conviction, Class B felony conspiracy to commit robbery, and Class B felony robbery.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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