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Opinions Jan. 27, 2012

January 27, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had issued no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Robert Holland, A Concerned Citizen for the Redevelopment of Gary v. Richard Steele, Barbara Steele, First Midwest Bank, As Successor Trustee By Way of Merger to Bank Calumet, N.A., et al.
45A03-1102-PL-84
Civil plenary. Affirms the trial court’s determination that Holland was not entitled to summary judgment on his quiet title claim, and grant of summary judgment to the bank on its trespass and slander of title claims. The trial court properly found that Holland had filed a frivolous lawsuit and awarded appropriate attorney fees. On cross-appeal, the appellate court denied the bank’s request for appellate attorney fees.

Bradley Bradford v. State of Indiana
59A01-1104-CR-215
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class C felony child molesting, holding that admission of caseworker testimony was a violation of Indiana Evidence Rule 704(b) and likely had a prejudicial impact on the jury. Remands for retrial.

City of Indianapolis v. Rhodora Earl
49A02-1102-PL-89
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s denial of the city’s motion for summary judgment, rejecting the city’s argument that a police officer was protected by the law enforcement provision of the Indiana Tort Claims Act when a suspect he was pursuing in a high-speed chase crashed into a woman’s car and seriously injured her. Holds that a police officer must recognize when a pursuit becomes too dangerous to continue.

In the Matter of L.L., (CHINS), K.R. S. (Mother) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)

52A05-1107-JC-382
Juvenile. Affirms trial court’s determination that L.L. was a child in need of services.

Justin L. Hargrove v. State of Indiana (NFP)
67A01-1103-CR-112
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A felony attempted murder.

Indianapolis Education Association and President Elden Wolting v. Indianapolis Public Schools (NFP)
49A02-1101-PL-27
Civil plenary. Dismisses appeal as moot, holding no effective relief could be rendered through appeal.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of J.S. and A.S.; R.S. and Ja.S. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
33A01-1106-JT-246
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights for mother and father.

Brett Zagorac v. State of Indiana (NFP)
64A03-1011-CR-589
Criminal. On petition for rehearing, reaffirms initial opinion that any possible error in admission of evidence was harmless.

 

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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