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Opinions Feb. 19, 2014

February 19, 2014
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The following Indiana Supreme Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday:
State of Indiana v. William Coats
49S02-1305-CR-328
Criminal. Remands to the trial court with an order to commit Coats to the Division of Mental Health and Addiction. I.C. 35-36-3-1(b) requires trial courts to commit defendants found not competent to stand trial to the DMHA for competency restoration services.

Wednesday’s opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals

David D. Kiely v. Kathryn Starnes-Kiely (NFP)
14A04-1307-DR-372
Domestic relation. Affirms equal division of marital estate.

Tyrone Wilbourn v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1306-CR-262
Criminal. Affirms conviction of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon as a Class B felony.

Christena Seifried v. Dukes Health System, LLC, d/b/a Dukes Memorial Hospital (NFP)
49A02-1305-CT-435
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of the hospital in Seifried’s action for personal injuries allegedly suffered as a result of her fall in the hospital.

Kenneth Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1306-CR-535
Criminal. Reverses and remands with instructions to vacate Davis’ Class A misdemeanor battery conviction. Affirms conviction of battery as a Class C felony.

Heriberto M. Andrade v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1307-CR-289
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine weighing three grams or more and two counts of Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

James Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1306-CR-292
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felonies possession of cocaine and a firearm, and possession of cocaine; and Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and carrying a handgun without being licensed. Remands to correct trial court records.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. You can put your photos anywhere you like... When someone steals it they know it doesn't belong to them. And, a man getting a divorce is automatically not a nice guy...? That's ridiculous. Since when is need of money a conflict of interest? That would mean that no one should have a job unless they are already financially solvent without a job... A photographer is also under no obligation to use a watermark (again, people know when a photo doesn't belong to them) or provide contact information. Hey, he didn't make it easy for me to pay him so I'll just take it! Well heck, might as well walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of food because the lines are too long and you don't find that convenient. "Only in Indiana." Oh, now you're passing judgement on an entire state... What state do you live in? I need to characterize everyone in your state as ignorant and opinionated. And the final bit of ignorance; assuming a photo anyone would want is lucky and then how much does your camera have to cost to make it a good photo, in your obviously relevant opinion?

  2. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Diane Wood has stated in “The Rule of Law in Times of Stress” (2003), “that neither laws nor the procedures used to create or implement them should be secret; and . . . the laws must not be arbitrary.” According to the American Bar Association, Wood’s quote drives home this point: The rule of law also requires that people can expect predictable results from the legal system; this is what Judge Wood implies when she says that “the laws must not be arbitrary.” Predictable results mean that people who act in the same way can expect the law to treat them in the same way. If similar actions do not produce similar legal outcomes, people cannot use the law to guide their actions, and a “rule of law” does not exist.

  3. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

  4. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds. And to those bakers, photographers, printers, clerks, judges and others who will lose careers and social standing for not saluting the New World (Dis)Order, we can all direct our Two Minutes of Hate as Big Brother asks of us. Progress! Onward!

  5. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

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