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Opinions July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline:
Phillip A. Collins, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. America’s Servicing Co.
10-2962
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Robert Miller Jr.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for America’s Servicing Co. on Collins’ breach of contract claim and claim that ASC violated the Indiana’s Home Loan Practices Act. ASC had the right at all times, under the original contract and both forbearance agreements, to charge Collins late fees and report his late payments. He cannot prove that ASC knowingly or intentionally made a material representation or concealed information because the plain language of the forbearance agreements made clear that all the provisions of the original mortgage applied.

Today’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Nathaniel Josiah Worden
10-3567
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen.
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of District Court’s order that Worden pay approximately $500,000 in restitution to one of the victims of his offense. The restitution order falls within the scope of the appellate waiver in Worden’s plea agreement to one count of advertising child pornography.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Shon L. Edmond v. State of Indiana
49A04-1012-CR-756
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress. Because the police officer had probable cause to arrest Edmond, the pat-down search of him was a valid search incident to arrest and Edmond’s constitutional rights weren’t violated.

James R. Hundley v. State of Indiana

24A01-1010-CR-550
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine. The evidence is sufficient to show the meth lab belonged to Hundley and that he manufactured more than three grams of adulterated methamphetamine.

Great Lakes Transfer, LLC, et al. v. Porter County Highway Dept., et al.

46A03-1010-PL-554
Civil plenary. Affirms the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to review the Porter County Highway Department’s denial of applications for a driveway permit. The highway department’s review of Great Lakes Transfer’s application for a driveway permit was a discretionary administrative act and not a decision subject to judicial review.

Kraig Eric Burgan v. State of Indiana (NFP)

18A05-1012-CR-737
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony child molesting.

Karl Neil Robinson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1011-CR-610
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Sheldon C. McAuley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1011-CR-646
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery, Class D felony residential entry, and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.

James M. Mrozinski v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A04-1004-CR-260
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies robbery and burglary.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. The voices of the prophets are more on blogs than subway walls these days, Dawn. Here is the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ... against a corrupted judiciary ... that remains corrupt a decade and a half later ... due to, so sadly, the acquiescence of good judges unwilling to shake the forest ... for fear that is not faith .. http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2013/09/prof-alan-dershowitz-on-indiana.html

  2. So I purchased a vehicle cash from the lot on West Washington in Feb 2017. Since then I found it the vehicle had been declared a total loss and had sat in a salvage yard due to fire. My title does not show any of that. I also have had to put thousands of dollars into repairs because it was not a solid vehicle like they stated. I need to find out how to contact the lawyers on this lawsuit.

  3. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  4. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  5. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

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