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Opinions Feb. 23, 2012

February 23, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Eriberto Quiroz v. State of Indiana
49A02-1107-CR-577
Criminal. Reverses Quiroz’s conviction of Class C felony child molesting because that conviction along with a Class A felony child molesting conviction constitutes double jeopardy as the same evidence supports both convictions. Remands for the trial court to vacate the Class C felony conviction. The trial court did not commit fundamental error in including in the jury instructions a copy of the charging information that included the counts against Quiroz that had previously been dismissed.

Bernard Short v. State of Indiana
49A02-1105-CR-403
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting the results of the certified chemical breath test nor did it err by rejecting Short’s proposed jury instruction.

Keith Woodson v. State of Indiana
49A02-1108-PC-768
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. The post-conviction court was not clearly erroneous in finding that attorney Harper’s cross-examination of Owens and Johnson was not ineffective and that Harper was not ineffective for not attempting to procure the services of an eyewitness identification expert for Woodson’s second trial.

In the Matter of the Guardianship of John S. Zakrowski; Marsha L. Cummins v. Thomas L. Zakrowski (NFP)
71A03-1105-GU-259
Guardianship. Affirms denial of Cummins’ application for permission to participate in the guardianship proceedings.

S.D. v. B.D. (NFP)
41A01-1104-DR-170
Domestic relation. Affirms granting primary physical custody to mother. Reverses finding of contempt for father’s failure to pay for day care.

Sandra Rivas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1106-CR-544
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Jeffrey Roser v. Jennifer Roser (NFP)
38A02-1106-DR-502
Domestic relation. Affirms decision to lower father’s obligation to the minimum support obligation and remands for the trial court to revise the obligation to $18.

Daniel O'Reilly v. Ruth Doherty (NFP)
29A04-1108-DR-399
Domestic relation. Affirms order husband pay $30,000 of wife’s attorney fees.

Charles Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
58A01-1104-CR-191
Criminal. Affirms 20-year sentence for Class B felony dealing in a schedule II controlled substance.

Kenneth Willis Gibbs-El v. Arthur Hegewald (NFP)
49A02-1107-CT-747
Civil tort. Affirms dismissal of Gibbs-El’s complaint against a former employee of the Indiana Department of Correction.

Hawkins Auto Stores, Inc. v. Brent F. Hehr (NFP)
89A01-1110-SC-461
Small claim. Affirms order that Hawkins Auto Stores pay Hehr $3,395 for repayment of funds paid by Hehr for services he never received.

Joseph Apongule v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A04-1109-CR-543
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
 

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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