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Opinions July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Carlene M. Craig, et al. v. FedEx Ground Package System Inc.
10-3115
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Judge Robert L. Miller Jr.
Multidistrict litigation. Certifies two questions to the Kansas Supreme Court in a suit that was based on the Employee Retirement Income Security act and Kansas law regarding whether FedEx drivers are employees or independent contractors. Craig is the “lead” case in a nationwide class action.

Indiana Supreme Court
State of Indiana v. Steven Ray Hollin
69S05-1201-PC-6
Post conviction. Affirms judgment of the post-conviction court and remands for a new trial. Hollin is entitled to a new trial because of ineffective assistance of trial counsel and prosecutorial misconduct.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Andrew McWhorter v. State of Indiana
33A01-1202-PC-72
Post conviction. Reverses denial of petition for post-conviction relief, where McWhorter challenged his conviction of voluntary manslaughter. McWhorter’s trial attorney was ineffective for failing to object to the voluntary manslaughter instruction given to the jury. Remands for retrial on reckless homicide.

Robert L. Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1112-CR-1122
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex.

Anthony K. McCullough v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-955
Criminal. Reverses revocation of probation.

Jocelyn Allen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1111-CR-1053
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor OWI with endangerment and remands for the trial court to vacate the conviction for Class C misdemeanor OWI.

Jeffrey A. Booth v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1111-CR-560
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and imposition of the entirety of Booth’s suspended 4-year sentence.

Alejandro Prado v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1110-CR-1094
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felonies criminal confinement resulting in bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman; Class D felony strangulation, Class A misdemeanor domestic battery, and Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Anthony Ray Ewing v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1109-CR-447
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery.

In the Matter of Child Alleged to be a Child in Need of Services: D.L. (Minor Child), and K.S. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
82A05-1111-JC-628
Juvenile CHINS. Affirms order finding D.L. a child in need of services.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of T.A.B.; T.B. (Father) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services, and Child Advocates, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1111-JT-1062
Juvenile termination. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Norrene Sullivan v. Kindred Nursing Center (NFP)
93A02-1202-EX-143
Agency appeal. Remands to the Worker’s Compensation Board with instructions that it enter new findings of fact and conclusions of law consistent with the opinion with regards to Sullivan’s application for adjustment of claim.

Kevin Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1112-CR-563
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for murder.

Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. 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.

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

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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