Opinions Feb. 28, 2012

February 28, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had issued no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had issued no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Jacob Key, Ted J. Brown and Sally A. Brown v. Dewayne Hamilton
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Hamilton, holding that Key – by waving into traffic a driver who caused a crash with Hamilton – assumed a duty of care to a third-party motorist because the signaled driver reasonably expected that traffic was clear.

Gary Hazelwood v. Melissa Hazelwood n/k/a Melissa Butler (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s denial of father’s petition to establish parenting time.

Xavier Morton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Antwan Rush v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and one count of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Rafael Del Rio v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

James E. Lonaker v. Cambridge Investment, Inc., Dolgencorp Inc., d/b/a Dollar General Stores, Dean Foods Company, d/b/a Louis Trauth Dairy, et al. (NFP)
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s decision to renew appellee’s motions for summary judgment, holding genuine issues of material fact exist regarding whether the defendants owed a duty to Lonaker and whether they proximately caused his injuries.

Miranda Herbert v. Steven Herbert (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms the court’s order granting father’s request to prevent the relocation of his children.

J.F. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms juvenile court’s admission as evidence contraband seized from J.F.’s pocket.

Jessica Deaton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony neglect of a dependent.

Dwayne K. Allen v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Post conviction. Affirms post-conviction court’s denial of claim for ineffective assistance of appellate counsel based on counsel’s failure to challenge the trial court’s denial of Allen’s request for a competency evaluation and challenging the post-conviction court’s decision not to hold a new sentencing hearing.

Michael D. Thorning v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony counterfeiting.


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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