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Opinions Feb. 28, 2014

February 28, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Mary L. Anderson v. Wayne Post 64, American Legion Corp.
49A05-1309-CT-442
Civil tort. Affirms order setting aside its default judgment against Wayne Post 64, American Legion Corp. Anderson failed to serve the American Legion in a manner authorized by the Indiana Trial Rules.

Kenneth Seales v. State of Indiana
71A03-1306-CR-218
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to remove Seales from the sex offender registry and his motion to correct error. The additional registration requirements imposed on him after a 2006 change in the law do not amount to an impermissible ex post facto law.

Eddie Hughes v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1307-CR-334
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Terry Lee Duckworth v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1307-CR-582
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony sexual battery.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of Q.L. and M.L., M.F., Jr., and N.L. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
02A03-1308-JT-344
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Debra Sue Miles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1304-CR-179
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Joy Elaine Gwinn v. Harry J. Kloeppel & Associates, Inc (NFP)
33A04-1306-CT-307
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Harry J. Kloeppel & Associates on Gwinn’s claim for negligence.

Mario Sims, Sr., and Tiffiny Sims, et al. v. The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as Trustee for the Certificate Holders CWABS, Inc., et al. (NFP)
71A03-1305-MF-261
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment in favor of the bank on its complaint to foreclose on its mortgage.

Scott Logan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1304-CR-192
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molestation.

D.K. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
08A02-1308-JV-734
Juvenile. Affirms finding that D.K. committed what would be Class A misdemeanor battery if committed by an adult.

Alonzo Golston Williams III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1307-CR-624
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony intimidation.

David Ball v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1308-CR-416
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony possession of a controlled substance.

Joshua Basey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1303-CR-138
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony aggravated battery and Class C felony criminal confinement in bodily injury.

James A. Lynn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
70A04-1307-CR-317
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft.

Deion Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1307-CR-340
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

Stewart Gase v. State of Indiana (NFP)
01A02-1306-PC-530
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Leon Rice, Inc. v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Roger Anderson (NFP)
93A02-1306-EX-477
Agency action. Affirms determination that Anderson is eligible for unemployment benefits.

Johnny Leon Burchett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A01-1303-CR-97
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for continuance and request to withdraw guilty plea.  

Christopher M. Galvan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1308-CR-387
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molesting.

In the Matter of the Adoption of O.R.: N.R. v. K.G. and C.G. (NFP)
21A01-1307-AD-322
Adoption. Dismisses appeal of order granting petition of C.G. and K.G. to adopt O.R. for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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