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Opinions Feb. 8, 2012

February 8, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Bei Bei Shuai v. State of Indiana
49A02-1106-CR-486
Criminal. Reverses trial courts’ denial of Shuai’s request to be released on bail. The defense presented sufficient evidence to rebut the presumption that Shuai is guilty of murder of her child. Remands for a determination of bail. Declines to adopt Shuai’s argument that the murder statute is ambiguous as applied to her. Affirms denial of her motion to dismiss. Judge Riley concurs in part and dissents in part.

Joey Jennings v. State of Indiana

53A01-1010-CR-541
Criminal. Grants rehearing to address the state’s argument that the original holding conflicts with a prior decision from the Indiana Supreme Court, but affirms earlier decision in all respects. The current statute supersedes the holding of Smith.

Anthony T. White v. State of Indiana
18A05-1108-CR-439
Criminal. Affirms classification of White as a credit restricted felon. The credit restricted felon statute plainly applies and it is of no moment that White pleaded guilty to Class B felony child molesting instead of Class A felony child molesting.

In Re the Paternity of N.T.; B.T. v. D.K. and K.K.
09A02-1108-JP-693
Juvenile. Reverses order granting stepfather K.K.’s motion for change of venue from the judge. Father B.T.’s application for contempt did not elevate K.K. to the status of a party in the underlying civil action entitling him to a change of venue from the judge. On remand, K.K. will be entitled to statutorily prescribed due process protections in any contempt proceeding before the paternity court.

Zuri K. Jackson v. Demetrius Holiness
02A03-1103-RS-99
Reciprocal support. Affirms grant of Holiness’ motion to dismiss Jackson’s petition for modification of child support. Based on I.C. 31-18-6-11, an Indiana court cannot have subject matter jurisdiction to modify the child support here instead of in Maryland. That statute is not preempted by the Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act.

Kevin M. Timko v. State of Indiana (NFP)

84A05-1104-CR-228
Criminal. Remands with instructions that the trial court correct the judgment and recalculate the credit time to which Timko is entitled. Affirms convictions of and sentence for two counts of Class A felony child molesting, two counts of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct, and Class C felony child exploitation.

Vincent L. Gant v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A02-1107-CR-674
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class B felonies dealing in methamphetamine and dealing in a schedule I, II or III controlled substance. Remands for a correction of the sentencing order.

David L. Scudder v. State of Indiana (NFP)
16A04-1104-CR-207
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies theft and official misconduct.

Elizabeth A. McQuinn v. Michael T. McQuinn (NFP)
29A02-1107-DR-689
Domestic relation. Affirms order modifying Michael McQuinn’s parenting time and finding Elizabeth McQuinn in contempt of court for interfering with father’s parenting time.

Kristina L. Phillips v. State of Indiana (NFP)

87A05-1105-CR-303
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony neglect of a dependent.

Jay Unger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
67A01-1102-PC-32
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief but remands with instructions that the trial court determine the amount of restitution, if any, Unger has not yet paid, and to fix the manner of payment.

Ravonte L. Love v. State of Indiana (NFP)

18A02-1106-CR-575
Criminal. Affirms order Love serve the remainder of his previously suspended sentence following revocation of home detention.

Leslie E. Foreman v. State of Indiana (NFP)

22A04-1108-CR-467
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony child solicitation and Class A misdemeanor indecent exposure.

Angela M. Lemarr v. State of Indiana (NFP)

20A05-1105-CR-258
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor false informing.

Richard M. Ford v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1107-CR-671
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony domestic battery.

Michael D. Wright, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)

47A01-1106-CR-289
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and the execution of previously suspended sentences.

Kenneth A. Horton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1105-CR-231
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony robbery and Class D felony auto theft.

Joe Songer, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
64A03-1101-CR-41
Criminal. Affirms sentence for two counts of Class C felony burglary.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of K.M.: H.M. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
27A05-1107-JT-329
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Edwin Mauricio Parrillas d/b/a Hispano America Auto Sales v. Los Amigos Auto Sales, Inc. (NFP)
82A04-1104-SC-228
Small claim. Affirms judgment in favor of Los Amigos Auto Sales in its claim for $2,000, plus $1,000 in damages.
 

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  1. The child support award is many times what the custodial parent earns, and exceeds the actual costs of providing for the children's needs. My fiance and I have agreed that if we divorce, that the children will be provided for using a shared checking account like this one(http://www.mediate.com/articles/if_they_can_do_parenting_plans.cfm) to avoid the hidden alimony in Indiana's child support guidelines.

  2. Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

  3. Indiana up holds this behavior. the state police know they got it made.

  4. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

  5. Agreed on 4th Amendment call - that was just bad policing that resulted in dismissal for repeat offender. What kind of parent names their boy "Kriston"?

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