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Opinions July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

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


Indiana Court of Appeals
John W. Schoettmer and Karen Schoettmer v. Jolene C. Wright and South Central Community Action Program, Inc.
49A04-1108-CT-406
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Wright and South Central Community Action Program Inc., finding that the plaintiffs did not timely file notice as governed by the Indiana Tort Claims Act.

Robert Hatcher v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1111-CR-1075
Criminal. Reverses and remands trial court revocation of probation, holding that the court could not conclude that Hatcher knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waived his right to counsel.
 
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company as Subrogee of Plymouth Wesleyan Church v. Michiana Contracting, Inc., McGrath Refrigeration, Inc., John D. McGrath, Joseph A. Dzierla and Assoc., Inc., et al.
50A03-1111-CT-518
Civil tort. Reverses and remands summary judgment for Michiana, et al., holding that damage to a church addition’s gym floor that was destroyed when a sprinkler froze and burst is not subject to terms of a contact’s waiver of subrogation because the church, not the contractors, performed the work.
 
Michael J. Gosnell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1110-CR-951
Criminal. Affirms trial court sentence after guilty plea on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

Swammi, Inc., f/k/a Swami, Inc. v. Shambaugh, Kast, Beck, Williams, LLP and John S. Bloom (NFP)
02A01-1109-PL-417
Civil plenary. Affirms jury verdict that defendants were not liable for legal malpractice.

Alpha Holder, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1111-CR-516
Criminal. Affirms trial court sentence of nine years executed for convictions of Class C felony fraud on a financial institution and being a habitual offender.

Corey Cole v. State of Indiana
49A02-1111-CR-1019
Criminal. Affirms trial court conviction of Class B felony rape, holding the trial court did not commit reversible error when it sustained the state’s objection to Cole’s attempt to refresh the victim’s memory with the notes from a nurse, and that the trial court did not commit fundamental error when it allowed hearsay statements.
 
Donald Humphrey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
75A04-1111-CR-607
Criminal. Affirms trial court convictions of Class C felony intimidation and Class D felony intimidation.

Devonte Rogers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1111-CR-1015
Criminal. Affirms trial court convictions of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct and two counts of Class D felony criminal confinement.
 
Nancy J. Ferguson and Nyla R. Hamilton v. Natalie A. Watkins (NFP)
28A01-1201-PL-7
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to set aside a deed in favor of Watkins.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of B.M. and A.M. (Minor Children) and J.R. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1112-JT-1189
Juvenile/termination of parental rights. Affirms termination of parental rights.

 

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  1. He TIL team,please zap this comment too since it was merely marking a scammer and not reflecting on the story. Thanks, happy Monday, keep up the fine work.

  2. You just need my social security number sent to your Gmail account to process then loan, right? Beware scammers indeed.

  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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