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Opinions Jan. 5, 2012

January 5, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
John C. Cole, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1102-PC-67
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Gary Plunkitt v. Beckoning Way Community Association (NFP)
32A01-1104-SC-171
Small claims. Affirms trial court’s determination that a property management company did not err in pursuing collection of Plunkitt’s homeowner fees and that Plunkitt is estopped from claiming he did not know of the association.

Rashaad Michael Hogan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1107-CR-336
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentences for robbery, confinement and carjacking – all Class B felonies.

First Midwest Bank, successor in interest to Bank Calumet, N.A. v. Dean Vander Woude and Timothy Koster (NFP)
64A04-1103-PL-120
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s order granting summary judgment to Vander Woude and Koster, holding a genuine issue of material fact remains. Declines First Midwest Bank’s invitation to enter summary judgment in its favor and remands for further proceedings.

Donyea Fowler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1104-CR-170
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class D felony receiving stolen property.

Curtis E. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1104-CR-414
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting and two counts of Class B felony incest.

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



 

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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