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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
45A05-1203-CT-107
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

49A05-1206-CR-314
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.

82A01-1206-CT-249
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
53A05-1203-DR-163
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

64A03-1204-JP-171
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

02A03-1206-PL-269
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)
84A01-1205-CR-235
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in work release.

Joseph J. Rheubottom, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1205-CR-244
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)
45A04-1206-PL-302
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)

02A03-1206-CR-292
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)
49A02-1206-JT-480
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Marvin Willis v. State of Indiana (NFP)

82A01-1206-CR-273
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended.

Steve Pigg v. State of Indiana (NFP)
52A05-1205-CR-318
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

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

65A01-1205-CR-220
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony attempted rape.

Brian Buffington v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1206-CR-297
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)

02A03-1206-JT-275
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Edmond MIller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-721
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Joey Saylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
58A01-1206-CR-269
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)
45A04-1207-CR-358
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony attempted residential entry.

Jovan Fitzhugh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1206-CR-255
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)

02A03-1206-CR-262
Criminal. Affirms 60-year sentence for murder.

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

11A01-1207-CR-301
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)

49A02-1206-CR-475
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress evidence.

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

06A01-1206-PC-296
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Torrey Pargo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1207-CR-351
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony intimidation.

Toby Webster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1206-CR-522
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)

45A03-1205-JT-221
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

French Tibbs v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1205-CR-438
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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  2. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  3. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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  5. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

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