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Opinions Jan. 29, 2014

January 29, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Cory L. Meadows v. State of Indiana
39A01-1305-CR-215
Criminal. Affirms the denial of Meadows’ request for credit for the time he served on electronic monitoring while he was in the drug court program. After examining the statutory provisions governing sentencing, electronic monitoring and deferral programs, concludes it was within the court’s discretion to deny the credit toward his sentence.

Ralph Andrews v. MOR/Ryde International, Inc.
20A04-1303-PL-141
Civil plenary. Affirms order finding that should Andrews’ complaint against Mor/Ryde for breach of contract be successful at a future trial, the damages awarded under Indiana Code 24-4-7-5(b), the Indiana Sales Representative Act, are punitive in nature and, therefore, would be subject to the evidentiary standard, limitation, and diversion provisions of Indiana’s punitive damages statute under Indiana Code 34-51-3-1, et seq. Judge Barnes dissents.

Emergency Services Billing Corporation, Individually and as Agent of the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department v. Tonia Conklin and American Family Insurance Group (NFP)
49A05-1309-PL-428
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Conklin and American Family granted by the court prior to the due date of Emergency Services Billing Corp.’s response brief under Indiana Trial Rules. Remands for further proceedings.

Talesa Howell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A05-1306-CR-314
Criminal. Affirms sentence following probation revocation.

Ronald Lemon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1305-CR-221
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony auto theft.

Joseph Franklin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1307-CR-323
Criminal.  Reverses Franklin’s conviction of Class D felony possession of a controlled substance.

Maurice D. Beckham v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1305-CR-234
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to murder.

Mark F. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1305-CR-182
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony burglary.

Jesus Maldonado v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1307-CR-333
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony stalking.

In Re the Paternity of A.C.P-C., J.P. v. J.H.C. (NFP)
79A02-1305-JP-423
Juvenile. Affirms grant of father’s petition to prevent mother from relocating with the child.

Thomas Walker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1305-CR-248
Criminal. Affirms Class D felony conviction of receiving stolen property.

Andre Marshall, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1305-CR-191
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentences for Class B felony criminal confinement, Class B felony robbery, Class C felony intimidation, Class D felony pointing a firearm and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Robert L. Neale v. Correctional Medical Services, Inc., et al (NFP)
52A05-1307-CT-361
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for the defendants on Neale’s suit alleging medical malpractice and general negligence in the treatment of his injuries sustained from punching his cellmate in the face.

Lynda A. Harris-Martinez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1304-CR-123
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death following her guilty plea to four counts of Class A misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death, one count of Class B felony failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death, and one count of Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

Michael Eaton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1308-CR-699
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Ivan C. Patterson v. CitiMortgage, Inc. (NFP)
45A03-1212-MF-548
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms denial of motion for relief from judgment under Ind. Trial Rule 60(B).

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: M.P. and E.P. (Minor Children), and F.P. (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
23A01-1307-JT-308
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Kathleen Walton, Personal Representative of Estate of Mary Cox, Deceased v. Estate of Glenn Swisher, Deceased (NFP)
49A02-1307-EU-626
Estate, unsupervised. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of the estate of Glenn Swisher.

Ryan Bailey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1305-CR-419
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Dawn M. Bailey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1308-CR-346
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and reinstatement of the remainder of Bailey’s suspended sentences.

Fredrick Kyles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1305-CR-446
Criminal. Affirms convictions of one count each of Class B felonies robbery and criminal recklessness.

Aaron Gordy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1306-CR-504
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in community corrections.

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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  1. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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