Opinions Jan. 31, 2013

January 31, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Mark S. Weinberger, M.D., et al. v. Gloria Gill
Civil tort. Affirms award of $150,000 in damages to Gloria Gill following her medical malpractice action. Concludes that the testimony concerning Weinberger’s odd behavior before his flight from the country was relevant evidence because it established an inference of consciousness of guilt.

Brian Kendrick v. State of Indiana

Criminal. Affirms sentence on remand of 53-years for Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony robbery and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license. Even though Kendrick’s sentence for Class A felony attempted murder increased, his aggregate sentence did not change.

Virginia E. Alldredge and Julia A. Luker, as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of Venita Hargis v. The Good Samaritan Home, Inc.

Civil tort. Affirms portion of judgment that held fraudulent concealment could operate to toll the Wrongful Death Act’s two-year limitations period, but reverses the court’s conclusion that the plaintiffs had only a reasonable time in which to commence their wrongful death action. The plaintiffs have two years after the concealment is or should have been discovered with reasonable diligence in which to file their claims. Remands for continuation of the underlying litigation.

Paul D. Edwards v. Zobeida E. Bonilla-Vega
Domestic relation. Affirms distribution of marital assets. Because a chose in action is a property right, the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it included the husband’s settlement with a former employer in the marital pot.

In Re: The Paternity of A.S.: Melissa Slansky v. Mary Doffin-Syler, and Bradley Howell

Juvenile. Reverses order awarding custody of M.S.’s daughter to the maternal grandmother M.D. The trial court’s judgment isn’t supported by clear and convincing evidence. The trial court shall determine the details of the father’s visitation and determine what, if any, visitation rights are due to the grandmother.

Henry Wagler, Barb Wagler and Henry and Barb Wagler, LP v. Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health

Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of the health department on its claim that the Waglers were required to obtain a construction permit from the department prior to installing their septic systems. Rejects the Waglers’ statutory exemption argument, finding the statute is inapplicable.

Reuban L. Strong, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in work release.

Joseph J. Rheubottom, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea of Class B felony neglect of a dependent.

Bernard Carter, Prosecuting Attorney, Lake County, John Buncich, Sheriff of Lake County, and Indiana Dept. of Correction v. Tim J. Hurd (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of injunction enjoining the Department of Correction, Lake County sheriff and Lake County prosecutor from requiring Hurd to continue registering as a sex offender.

Schwala M. Royal v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class D felony prostitution as well as revocation of probation.

In Re the Termination of the Parent-Child Rel. of N.W. and D.W. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Marvin Willis v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended.

Steve Pigg v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Michael A. O'Brien v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony attempted rape.

Brian Buffington v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony robbery.

In Re the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Rel. of S.F.; C.P. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)

Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Edmond MIller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Joey Saylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms order revoking probation and order that Saylor serve remaining two years of previously suspended sentence.

Richard Keith Lazur v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony attempted residential entry.

Jovan Fitzhugh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor and orders the trial court to vacate the Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor conviction.

Melvin Sanders v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms 60-year sentence for murder.

Dustin L. Grissom v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman and three counts of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Darrol Fox v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress evidence.

Keith A. Harlow v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Torrey Pargo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony intimidation.

Toby Webster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony attempted auto theft and adjudication as a habitual offender.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of V.M. and M.A. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)

Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

French Tibbs v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanors resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline. The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court did not post any decisions by IL deadline.


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.