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Opinions Feb. 27, 2012

February 27, 2012
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Arc Construction Management, LLC, and Alan Muncy v. John Zelenak and Cecilia Zelenak
10A01-1106-CT-247
Civil Tort. Affirms and remands case involving a home construction lawsuit, finding that trial court didn’t err in denying summary judgment on the former homeowners’ claim of breach of implied warranty of habitability.

Augustus Mendenhall v. State of Indiana
29A02-1104-CR-353
Criminal. Reverses trial court on grounds that a Class B felony conviction of aggravated battery and Class A felony conviction for robbery resulting in serious bodily injury violate Indiana’s probation against double jeopardy. Remands with instructions to reduce robbery conviction to a Class C felony.

Timothy Jester v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1108-CR-495
Criminal. Affirms Class B misdemeanor public intoxication conviction, finding evidence was sufficient to support the conviction and the court will not reweight evidence.

N.L. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
52A02-1110-JV-1051
Juvenile. Affirms juvenile’s commitment to the Indiana Department of Correction, finding that the court did not abuse its discretion in that placement because of N.L.’s growing juvenile history, conduct while on probation and failure to participate in services offered.

David Fonseca v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-CR-605
Criminal. Affirms Class A misdemeanor battery conviction, finding evidence was sufficient to support the conviction.
 
Jennifer Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-684
Criminal. Affirms Class A misdemeanor domestic battery conviction, finding that evidence was sufficient to support her conviction and the court will not reweight evidence.
 
Donald C. Newlin v. State of Indiana (NFP)

32A01-1109-CR-444
Criminal. Affirms the trial court’s finding that probation revocation sentences were required to be served consecutively and that Donald C. Newlin wasn’t entitled to credit for time served in Putnam County. Appellate court also held trial court didn’t abuse its discretion in ordering Newlin to serve entire previously suspended sentence.
 

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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