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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. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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