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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
48A02-1007-CT-812
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)
03A04-1109-DR-493
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s denial of father’s petition to establish parenting time.

Xavier Morton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-CR-711
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Antwan Rush v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1106-CR-295
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)
45A05-1106-CR-285
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)
49A02-1107-CT-659
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)
16A01-1109-DR-418
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)
49A05-1108-JV-422
Juvenile. Affirms juvenile court’s admission as evidence contraband seized from J.F.’s pocket.

Jessica Deaton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A05-1110-CR-536
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony neglect of a dependent.

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

34A02-1101-PC-52
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)
24A01-1109-CR-453
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony counterfeiting.
 

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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  2. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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