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Opinions Jan. 18, 2013

January 18, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Linda K. Roddy v. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security
12-1682
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Vacates judgment of the District Court and remands Roddy’s case for disability insurance benefits to the Social Security Administration for further proceedings. Finds the administrative law judge made a number of errors in his consideration of the record, in which he denied her benefits.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jermaine Hines v. State of Indiana
48A02-1206-CR-442
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. Law enforcement had reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to detain Hines.

John F. Harris, III v. State of Indiana
20A03-1205-CR-210
Criminal. Affirms conviction of possession of cocaine, enhanced to a Class B felony because the offense occurred within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex. There was proof that children were residing in the immediate vicinity at the time of the offense. Reverses habitual offender finding because the state failed to prove Harris has more than one dealing offense.

Kelly Bertholet Stokes v. Estate of Kenneth Stokes (NFP)
64A05-1205-ES-237
Estate, supervised. Dismisses interlocutory appeal filed by Kelly Bertholet Stokes after her motion to correct error was denied following the denial of her motion for reimbursement of monies seized by bank.

Danielle Kelly v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1112-CR-584
Criminal. Grants rehearing to address Kelly’s claim that the court failed to consider a “dispositive fact” in its discussion regarding incriminating statements, but affirms opinion in all respects which upheld denial of Kelly’s motion to suppress.

Matthew A. Parks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
64A03-1202-CR-66
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molesting.

Jonathan Books v. State of Indiana (NFP)
25A03-1208-CR-357
Criminal. Affirms sanction for probation violation.
 

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  1. Linda, I sure hope you are not seeking a law license, for such eighteenth century sentiments could result in your denial in some jurisdictions minting attorneys for our tolerant and inclusive profession.

  2. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds. And to those bakers, photographers, printers, clerks, judges and others who will lose careers and social standing for not saluting the New World (Dis)Order, we can all direct our Two Minutes of Hate as Big Brother asks of us. Progress! Onward!

  3. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  4. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  5. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

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