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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. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

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  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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