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Opinions Feb. 29, 2012

February 29, 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
Joseph A. Davis v. Herbert Simon and Bui Simon
49A04-1101-CT-5
Civil tort. Reverses denial of Davis’ motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction a complaint filed by the Simons alleging defamation and false light publicity. Davis’ act of responding to the questions of a reporter who initiated the contact with Davis regarding a California lawsuit, in which he is serving as a plaintiff’s attorney, was not done with the purpose of expressly targeting a resident of the forum state. Judge Kirsch dissents.

Engineered Steel Concepts, Inc., ESC Group Limited, and Tom Anderson v. General Drivers, Warehousemen, and Helpers Union Local 142, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Steven Parks
45A04-1106-CT-287
Civil tort. Affirms dismissal of Engineered Steel Concepts and Tom Anderson’s complaint against the union and Steven Parks for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The trial court properly determined that it had been divested of its subject matter jurisdiction over the state law claims.

State of Indiana ex rel. Family and Social Services Administration v. Estate of Phillip Roy
33A04-1105-ES-246
Estate, supervised. Reverses in part the order that denied the FSSA’s claim against the estate of Phillip Roy for Medicaid expenses incurred by Roy during his lifetime. The FSSA’s claim was not time barred and it has a preferred claim under Indiana Code 12-15-9-1. Remands with instructions. Judge Barnes concurs in part and dissents in part.

Kevin B. Perry v. State of Indiana
30A01-1107-CR-327
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class D felony sexual battery. While Perry’s actions are reprehensible, they don’t qualify for sexual battery as defined by Indiana statute. Remands with instructions for the conviction to be entered as Class B misdemeanor battery and Perry be sentenced to 180 days incarceration with 90 days suspended.

Monte Hanna and Kim Hanna v. Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
18A04-1106-PL-305
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in Indiana Farmer’s favor that it was not obligated to pay the Hannas under their underinsured motorist provision of their policy. The Child Wrongful Death Act, the Indiana Supreme Court’s interpretation of the CWDA, and the Hannas’ insurance policy do not entitle the parents to bring more than a single joint claim for their son’s death. Also, the parents have already received amounts from the other drivers’ insurers that exceeded the maximum to which they would have been entitled under the UIM provisions of the Indiana Farmers policy.

Charles A. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1107-CR-376
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony attempted criminal confinement.

Mark Yoder and Barbara Yoder v. Capital One Bank, (USA), N.A. (NFP)
43A05-1103-CC-128
Civil collection. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Capital One Bank on a suit for a credit card balance.

Daniel Robert Mola v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1105-CR-206
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

Thomas Pine, Individually and as Admin. for the Estate of Helen Pine, Deceased v. Stirling Clinic, Inc., Albert C. Lee, M.D., and Indiana Neurology Specialty Care (NFP)
49A02-1105-CT-382
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for defendants Stirling Clinic and others on a medical malpractice claim.

Anthony Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-PC-752
Post conviction. Reverses denial of petition for post-conviction relief and remands with instructions to grant the relief and vacate Taylor’s conviction of and sentence for unlawful use of body armor.

D.P.J. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1109-JV-498
Juvenile. Affirms committing D.P.J. to the Indiana Department of Correction for assignment to the Boys’ School.

Calvin J. Spaulding v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1107-CR-346
Criminal. Affirms sentence for three counts of Class A felony child molesting and being a habitual offender.

Felix R. St. Pierre v. Jeannette St. Pierre (NFP)
79A02-1102-DR-137
Domestic relation. Reverses some of the findings in support of the maintenance award, either because the evidence in the record does not support them or because they do not support such an award under Indiana Code Section 31-15-7-2(3). However, the remaining findings support an award of rehabilitative maintenance and the trial court did not enter findings to support the amount of the award. Remands with instructions.

Douglas J. Smith v. Gail Lynnette Smith (NFP)
27A02-1107-DR-642
Domestic relation. Affirms in part and reverses in part the modification of father’s child support obligation. Remands with instructions to calculate his weekly support obligation as set forth in the opinion.

Edwin D. Calligan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1108-CR-400
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Charles Neal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1106-CR-262
Criminal. Affirms classification as a sexually violent predator.

Logan B. Lake v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1106-CR-256
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Antonio Rush v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1106-CR-537
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended.

Adam Schafer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-1108-CR-386
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood.

Stacey L. Certain v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1105-CR-264
Criminal. Affirms second probation revocation.

Harley J. Wise, II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
37A03-1108-CC-347
Civil collection. Affirms grant of Discover Bank’s motion for summary judgment for a credit card balance.

Nick Bigsby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1106-CR-528
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony rape, Class D felony strangulation, and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of J.C.; J.P. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
82A01-1107-JT-325
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.


 

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  1. This guy sounds like the classic molester/manipulator.

  2. Louis D. Brandeis was born in 1856. At 9 years of age it would have been 1865. The Brandeis family did not own slaves. My source Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin L. Urofsky.

  3. My name is Matthew Lucas Major, I recently went through a jury trial in Bloomington , In. It was the week of Feb 19-21. Although I have been incarcerated since August 5, 2014. The reason I 'am writing to you sir is on the 21 of February the jury came in with a very excessive and wrongful verdict of guilty on 6 child molesting charges against my daughter who was 9 at the time I was accused. I also had 2 other Felonies one of Intimidation and 1 of Sexual Vicarious Gratification. Judge Marc Kellam on the second day of trial gave me a not guilty on those 2 felonies. The jury was sent out during that time and when brought back Judge Kellam told them to not concern themselves with the 2 Felonies that he ruled on them. They were told to not let evidence they had already heard influence there verdicts. I never in my life touched any child sexually and definitely not with my own daughter. When I was arrested Detective Shawn Karr told me I would be convicted guilty just on my daughters word even without evidence. That's just what happened. my public defender did me so wrong he never once proved to the court and jury all the lies the child told, and Jeremy Noel my public defender could of proven the lies easily. The stories in Serenity's depositions and Forensic interview changed and were not consistent as Prosecutor Darcie Fawcett claimed they were. Yet my attorney never mentioned that. The facts that the child accused me of full penetration in her vagina and rectum was proven lies. Doctor Roberta Hibbard of Riley hospital in Indianapolis confirmed Serenity's hymen intact, no scars, no tearing, no signs of rape to her. Yet my attorney didn't use that knowledge . the DNA was all in my favor. I tell you I will spend my entire life in prison going through rape and beatings etc. even Judge Kellam abused his authority by telling the jurors to listen and believe what the prosecutors side in evidence like my daughters testimony. In one interview with the detectives my daughter got flustered with her mom and said on camera " I'm saying what you told me to mom"!! Yet Mr. Noel said nor did anything to even resemble a defense attorney. Judge Kellam allowed edited version of a taped conversation between the child and her mother. Also Judge Kellam allowed the Prosecutor too bring in to my case a knife found under my seat, the knife wasn't part of my case. She was allowed by my attorney and the judge to put a huge picture of it on the screen and huge picture of my naked privates in a full courtroom and open court. Ms. Fawcett says to jury see how easy Mr. Major could reach the knife and cut his Childs throat. Even though I had no weapons charge against these cases. This gave the jurors prejudice thought against me thinking I threatened her with that knife and how scared she would of been knowing i could get it and kill her. On my sentencing court March 19, 2014 my public defender told Judge Kellam he wish to resign from being my attorney and wished for the court to give me outside council to file a error to trial or appeal. We were denied. Now after openly knowing my public defender don't want to represent me he has to. Well when as parents we make our kids clean a room when they really don't wish to, well the child will but don't mean she will do a good job, that's where I'm at with Mr. Noel. please dont ignore mine and my families pleas for your help . we have all the legal proof you could need to prove Im innocent. Please dont make my spend years in prison innocent when you can fix this wrong. Im not saying Im a perfect man or that I was a perfect dad to my 2 children none of us are. Ive made some bad choices in life and I paid for them. But I didnt ever touch or rape my daughter . I love my children with all my heart. And now through needing attention and a ex-wife who told my granny several times she wish she could put me in prison to get me out of their lives. Well my ex finally accomplished her goal. Sad part is she is destroying our daughter with all this horrific lies and things she taught my daughter to say. My daughter will need therapist to ever hope for a chance of a normal life after what she had done to her by her mom and their side of the family. My daughter told everyone even on stand she had a dream months before i supposedly molested her in this dream I was molesting her and when I finally did it matched her dream perfectly. She admitted to watching movies about little girls being molested and watching U-Tube videos about child molesting all before it happened supposedly to her. Doesn't that sound very unusual that a non molested 9 yr old would need to know so much about being molested? The only reason I could think a 9 year old would need so much information is to be prepared to know what to say and be able to say how it felt what took place etc.. So when questioned by authorities she would be prepared. And there again sir if a parent is pre grooming a 9 year old child she would need intimate details . Like telling her daughter about a couple moles on my private area. The child admitted to sneaking my cell and looking many many times at nudes of me and my girlfriend even one where my penis was entering my girlfriends vagina. In that picture my moles are obvious. Yet when prosecutor showed everyone in court my privates and pictures of the moles she said the only way the child would know about them is if she saw them for herself. My attorney once again said nothing about the pictures my child saw. Or could a ex-wife be able to describe my moles to help her case against getting rid of me? I beg you help me. This is my very existence. Ive lost everything , a good job, a wonderful girlfriend, my freedom, but worse thing Ive lost is my children. They were my reason to get up every morning and strive to be better. The wonderful bond I had with my Serenity is gone. After this I would be afraid to even hug her for fear of what next can they do to me. I'm not afraid to tell you I sit here in this cell and try to hold back my tears. Everyone knows you cant show weakness in prison. My life has already been threatened here at Wabash Valley Prison. After only 3 days of arrival. I was tricked into signing a waiver now Im in G Block General Population with 6 child molesting felony charges. Mrs. Hart as a 18 year old I almost died hooked to machines in hospital almost 1 month and now I know that fear was childish compared to this . I cant help but put emotions in this, after all Mrs. Hart Im human and God help Me I never been more afraid in my life. I didnt hurt my little girl I didnt touch her sexually. As much as it shreds me and fills my mind what Im facing I worry more about my mom and granny because of their great love for me mam they are suffering so deeply. I aint done this things but my loved ones suffering right along beside me and If you take my case you will be in essence freeing them also. I sent momma this letter and asked her to email it to you. I'm scared I have been done so unjustly by our legal system and I need you to fix this and give me freedom. I ask you please don't just ignore my pleas. Here in America its nice to be able to trust our legal justice system, well they destroyed my and my loved ones trust in our justice system . And I'm trusting in You !!! My entire family is suffering this nightmare with me. My 77 year old granny had a stroke and isn't doing so well. My single mother that raised 3 kids alone is dying from Lupus and since my arrest has stayed so sick and weary. Our lives torn to peices by a government I was taught I could trust in. my momma has tried so many innocent project and wrongfully accused and cant get anywhere. please please help me. A quote from the late Nelson Mandela: To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, But to live in a way that respects and enhances The Freedom Of Others. I have Faith in you and your clinic to cast my chains off and give me freedom I do deserve as a wrongfully accused Man, son, brother, father, friend. Matthew Major DOC# 246179 Cause # : 53c02-1308-FA-000779 God Bless you. Please contact me with your decision so I know you made a life changing decision for me , just please at least write me so I know you care enough about your citizens to respond to cries for your help. You can speak openly with my mother Charlotte Spain (828) 476-0406: 71 Lakeview Dr. Canton, NC 28716 Thank You Matthew Major I know yall get thousands of request and inmates claiming innocence, and each person who are innocent deserve to have organizations like yours willing to fight for them and I give yall so much Thanks and I thank God everyday yall are out there caring enough to help free the innocents. Since discovering firsthand how easily lives and families can be destroyed by Poor Defense attorneys not doing their job . And Prosecutors allowed to do as they please in court

  4. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  5. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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