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Opinions Jan. 19, 2012

January 19, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court
Chrysler Group, LLC v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and T.A., et al.
93S02-1109-EX-565
Agency appeal. Affirms award of benefits to Chrysler employees offered a buyout. By Chrysler’s own words — to Congress and its own employees — Enhanced Voluntary Termination of Employment Program was part of a company-wide effort intended to avert twenty-nine manufacturing plant closures, twenty-two parts depot closures, and 53,000 layoffs. The board’s conclusion on this issue of ultimate fact was reasonable.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Tommy D. Alfrey v. State of Indiana
http://media.ibj.com/Lawyer/websites/opinions/index.php?pdf=2012/january/01191203cjb.pdf
54A01-1104-CR-169
Criminal. Affirms convictions in three separate cause numbers of Class D felony residential entry, theft, escape and residential entry, Class A misdemeanor trespass, and revocation of probation. Intoxication is not a defense and Alfrey’s situation does not fall under the two narrow exceptions outlined in I.C. 35-41-3-5.

Fernando Contreras v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1106-CR-255
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty pleas to Class B felony burglary and Class C felony escape.

Beth E. Myers v. Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation (NFP)
58A05-1104-CT-193
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for the school corporation on Myers’ complaint asserting she was wrongfully discharged in retaliation for her workers' compensation claim.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of K.T.; K.A. (Father) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services, and Lake County CASA (NFP)
45A03-1105-JT-207
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Raymond Benjamin Gray v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A04-1106-CR-327
Criminal. Affirms sentence for convictions of Class C felony criminal recklessness and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Marie Robinson v. State of Indiana (NFP)

67A01-1107-CR-306
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft.

Stacey L. Certain v. State of Indiana (NFP)
91A02-1106-CR-546
Criminal. Reverses sentence for Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life and remands with instructions to resentence Certain to the advisory sentence of four years.

Bart A. Dewald v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1010-CR-541
Criminal.  Affirms sentences for conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, criminal confinement, intimidation, pointing a firearm, and criminal recklessness, and remands with instructions to vacate one conviction of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and resentence Dewald in accordance with the opinion. Judge Baker concurs in part and dissents in part.

I.M. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1101-JV-41
Juvenile. Grants rehearing and affirms original decision reversing the juvenile court’s order of restitution. Remanded for a new restitution hearing.

Dominique Guyton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-PC-724
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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