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Opinions Jan. 22, 2013

January 22, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Lula L. Jenkins, et al. v. South Bend Community School Corp.
71A03-1206-PL-260
Civil plenary.  Reverses summary judgment for South Bend Community School Corp. on Jenkins’ action seeking an independent determination of whether she was discharged for just cause from her position as a bus driver. The advisory nature of the arbitrator’s award allows the non-prevailing party, here SBCSC, to reject the award, thus triggering judicial review, either under the Uniform Arbitration Act’s provisions or for a determination whether the facts found by the arbitrator support the award. Remands for further proceedings.

Erving Sanders v. State of Indiana
49A02-1205-CR-361
Criminal. Reverses denial of Sanders’ motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of a traffic stop for tinted windows. Based on the totality of the circumstances, the officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop Sanders for investigatory purposes at the time he observed Sanders’ vehicle.

David Frohwerk v. Mark Levenhagen (NFP)
46A04-1204-MI-211
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of verified petition for writ of habeas corpus asserting that Frohwerk was denied credit time.

Jacqueline R. Clements v. Clinton County, Indiana, by and through the Board of Commissioners of the County of Clinton, Ted R. Johnson, Barbara Conner, Michael W. Conner and William Clinton (NFP)
54A05-1205-PL-272
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Clements’ motion to correct error, which challenged the dismissal of her counterclaims against the county and other defendants and her claims for malicious prosecution.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of K.W., K.O.A., and K.E.A., Minor Children, and Their Father, O.W.: O.W. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
02A04-1205-JT-285
Juvenile.  Affirms termination of parental rights.

Aaron Di-Shon Windom v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1206-CR-253
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class C felony attempted battery and one count of Class C felony criminal recklessness.

Anthony Henderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1207-CR-367
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and reinstatement of previously suspended sentence.

Jason T. Myers v. Linda Phillips, Tippecanoe County Assessor and Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Unclaimed Property Division (NFP)
79A05-1209-PL-493
Civil plenary.  Affirms dismissal of Myers’ lawsuit seeking reimbursement of a $250 bond that was posted by his grandmother on his behalf in 1997.

Donald L. Swain v. State of Indiana (NFP)

48A05-1206-CR-320
Criminal.  Affirms order revoking probation under three different cause numbers.

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

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  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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