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Opinions Feb. 20, 2014

February 20, 2014
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Indiana Supreme Court
James T. Mitchell v. 10th and The Bypass, LLC and Elway, Inc.
53S01-1303-PL-222
Civil plenary. Evidence obtained after the entry of an order granting a motion for partial summary judgment may not form the basis for vacating that order on the grounds that a non-final order is subject to revision at any time before the entry of a final judgment. Also concludes that relief from judgment under Ind. Trial Rules is not limited only to final judgments.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Magic Circle Corporation, d/b/a Dixie Chopper, The Kelch Corporation, et al. v. Kris Schoolcraft as Personal Representative of the Wrongful Death Estate of Rickie D. Schoolcraft, Deceased
29A02-1303-CT-273
Civil tort. Affirms grant of Kris Schoolcraft’s motion to amend the wrongful death action brought against Magic Circle by adding new defendants. Declines to follow caselaw from Court of Appeals and instead applies the majority rule decided in a 1990 Vermont case.

Michael W. Stevenson v. County Commissioners of Gibson County, Indiana, Bob Townsend, Don Whitehead, Gerald Bledsoe, County Council of Gibson County, Indiana, Tony Wolfe, Jeremy Overton, et al.  
26A01-1212-PL-540
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment for the Gibson County Commissioners and County Council regarding Stevenson’s salary as county surveyor and additional compensation. The county council followed statute by establishing a salary level for a surveyor without a license and Stevenson is not entitled to additional compensation for surveying the county corners.

Clark's Sales and Service, Inc v. John D. Smith and Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
49A02-1306-PL-552
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Clark’s motion for a preliminary injunction. Clark’s attempt to protect a customer base spanning the entire term of Smith’s employment is overly broad and unreasonable, as is the scope of activities prohibited in the restrictive covenant.

Jonathan D. Carpenter v. State of Indiana
02A05-1304-CR-207
Criminal. Affirms admission of evidence obtained from a warrantless search of Carpenter’s house. The trial court did not err when it denied Carpenter’s motion to suppress the evidence against him because the officers had reasonable suspicion to believe a violent crime might have occurred, properly executed a search of the premises for that purpose, and the search did not violate Carpenter’s Fourth Amendment rights. The warrantless search of Carpenter’s house did not violate his rights under Article 1, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution because the officers had reasonable suspicion there was an injured person inside the house.

Kevin Hoskins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1307-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Clyde Williams, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A04-1305-CR-253
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are suspended.

Inner Circle Properties, LLC v. George Lease (NFP)
35A02-1309-SC-764
Small claim. Reverses award of $180 in attorney fees and collection costs against Lease and remands for order that Inner Circle receive $371.86 in collection attorney fees that Lease agreed to pay.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: P.M., M.F.E., and E.T., T.T. (Mother) and B.T. (Father of E.T.) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
40A01-1306-JT-275
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Andre L. Garrett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1305-PC-199
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

C.C. v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Wal-Mart Associates (NFP)
93A02-1304-EX-375
Agency action. Affirms determination C.C. is ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Marcus Buba v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1306-CR-287
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to reduce bond to zero.

Juan Concepcion v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1306-CR-557
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and Class C misdemeanor operating with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent.

Stephen M. Coil v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, International Truck & Engine Group, TALX UCExpress, Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1309-EX-747
Agency action. Reverses determination Coil is ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Bruce Foster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1301-CR-36
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for murder.

In Re the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of L.T.W.B., Minor Child, and S.A.B., Mother, and H.L.B., Father, H.L.B., Father v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)

79A02-1307-JT-669
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Antonio Hughley, $3,861.00 in U.S. Currency and One (1) Buick, VIN# 4V37J7E133835 v. State of Indiana, The Consolidated City of Indianapolis/Marion County,et al. (NFP)
49A04-1307-MI-352
Miscellaneous. Affirms summary judgment for the state regarding forfeiture of cash.

Tanner Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1304-CR-392
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to dismiss.

Bobby Wine v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A02-1307-CR-610
Criminal. Affirms in part four findings of contempt and reverses one finding. Remands for further proceedings.

David Hedgecraft v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1303-CR-141
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Sarah Cartner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1307-CR-332
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Forest Lamar, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1306-CR-208
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

Fabrianne Cloud v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1309-CR-745
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operation of a vehicle while suspended as a habitual traffic violator.

Katie L. Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1306-CR-229
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery, Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness and Class D felony failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death.

Charlie Hamby and Michael Zenk v. James Farmer (NFP)
33A01-1307-CT-325
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Hamby’s and Zenk’s motion for summary judgment against Farmer on inmate Farmer’s “notice of a lawsuit” resulting from a fall in the shower.

The Indiana 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. 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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