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.
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
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.  
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.
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
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)
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)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are suspended.

Inner Circle Properties, LLC v. George Lease (NFP)
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)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Andre L. Garrett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)
Agency action. Affirms determination C.C. is ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Marcus Buba v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to reduce bond to zero.

Juan Concepcion v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)
Agency action. Reverses determination Coil is ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Bruce Foster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)

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)
Miscellaneous. Affirms summary judgment for the state regarding forfeiture of cash.

Tanner Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to dismiss.

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

David Hedgecraft v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Forest Lamar, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

Fabrianne Cloud v. State of Indiana (NFP)
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)
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)
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. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues