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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. "Am I bugging you? I don't mean to bug ya." If what I wrote below is too much social philosophy for Indiana attorneys, just take ten this vacay to watch The Lego Movie with kiddies and sing along where appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etzMjoH0rJw

  2. I've got some free speech to share here about who is at work via the cat's paw of the ACLU stamping out Christian observances.... 2 Thessalonians chap 2: "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last."

  3. Did someone not tell people who have access to the Chevy Volts that it has a gas engine and will run just like a normal car? The batteries give the Volt approximately a 40 mile range, but after that the gas engine will propel the vehicle either directly through the transmission like any other car, or gas engine recharges the batteries depending on the conditions.

  4. Catholic, Lutheran, even the Baptists nuzzling the wolf! http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-documents-reveal-obama-hhs-paid-baptist-children-family-services-182129786-four-months-housing-illegal-alien-children/ YET where is the Progressivist outcry? Silent. I wonder why?

  5. Thank you, Honorable Ladies, and thank you, TIL, for this interesting interview. The most interesting question was the last one, which drew the least response. Could it be that NFP stamps are a threat to the very foundation of our common law American legal tradition, a throwback to the continental system that facilitated differing standards of justice? A throwback to Star Chamber’s protection of the landed gentry? If TIL ever again interviews this same panel, I would recommend inviting one known for voicing socio-legal dissent for the masses, maybe Welch, maybe Ogden, maybe our own John Smith? As demographics shift and our social cohesion precipitously drops, a consistent judicial core will become more and more important so that Justice and Equal Protection and Due Process are yet guiding stars. If those stars fall from our collective social horizon (and can they be seen even now through the haze of NFP opinions?) then what glue other than more NFP decisions and TRO’s and executive orders -- all backed by more and more lethally armed praetorians – will prop up our government institutions? And if and when we do arrive at such an end … will any then dare call that tyranny? Or will the cost of such dissent be too high to justify?

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