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Opinions Jan. 24, 2013

January 24, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Danny Boling v. State of Indiana
20A04-1205-CR-237
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony attempted child molesting based on the evidence presented at trial and 45-year sentence. Finds the trial court erred in determining Boling is a credit restricted felon because a person convicted of attempted child molesting isn’t a credit restricted felon under I.C. 35-31.5-2-72(1). Remands with instructions to correct Boling’s record to remove that designation.

William Pereira and Joseph McConnell v. Monica Pereira, John LeFebre and Karen LeFebre
04A05-1205-PL-241
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment order which denied William Pereira and Joseph McConnell’s complaint to quiet title in real estate acreage bequeathed by Joseph Sleeper and allowed inheritance of a share of the acreage by John and Karen LeFebre. The trial court properly found that Julia McConnell Tarr had a vested interest not contingent upon outliving the last surviving life tenant.  

Diano L. Gordon v. State of Indiana
49A05-1205-CR-242
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies attempted residential entry and escape. The show-up identification was not unduly suggestive and Gordon failed to object to the witness’s in-court identification of him. Rejects Gordon’s argument that his escape conviction should be reversed by application of the rule of lenity.

Terry Pounds v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1206-PC-456
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petitions for post-conviction relief.

P.P. v. J.C. (NFP)
36A01-1203-DR-113
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of father’s petition to modify custody and child support.

E. Paul Haste v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A05-1207-CR-378
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine, but reverses $90,000 restitution order and remands for the trial court to reduce it to $30,722. Judge Crone concurs in part and dissents in part.

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

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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