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Opinions July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions prior to IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issues no opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Adoption of N.W.R.; M.R. v. R.B. and R.B., and Indiana Dept. of Child Services
36A01-1109-AD-407
Adoption. Reverses the trial court’s grant of a petition to adopt to foster parents R.B. and R.B., and remands to the trial court with instructions to reconsider evidence after DCS completes investigation of aunt M.R. as a potential adoptive replacement. The court held that the trial court erred in denying DCS’ motion to withdraw consent for the petition after discovering it failed to conduct a complete adoptive placement investigation.

Marcous Ford v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1112-CR-651
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s conviction of Class B felony battery.
 
Roger A. Boggs v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A04-1108-CR-435
Criminal. Affirms trial court conviction of Class B felony armed robbery.
 
Kathleen G. Babchuk v. Kirk J. Daniels (NFP)
34A05-1111-CT-597
Civil/defamation. Affirms judgment of $35,000 for defamation on behalf of Daniels.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Commitment of R.T. (NFP)
35A02-1110-MH-1088
Mental health. Affirms trial court order continuing regular commitment to Logansport State Hospital.

Marlon L. Pendleton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1110-CR-544
Criminal. Affirms trial court conviction of involuntary manslaughter.





 

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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