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Opinions July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Estate of Wilgus S. Gibbs, Sr.
81A01-1011-ES-560
Estate. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of Wilgus Gibbs Jr., individually and as a personal representative of the estate and executor of the will of Wilgus Gibbs Sr. Gibbs Sr.’s granddaughters failed to rebut the presumption of regularity in the execution of his will that is established by the self-proving clause. There is also no evidence of undue influence or that the will was the result of a mistake or fraud.

Charles Meek v. State of Indiana
49A02-1009-CR-964
Criminal. Affirms denial of Meek’s motion to suppress evidence discovered during a warrantless search of him during a Terry stop of his car. Meek’s admittance to smoking marijuana earlier in the day and to having a handgun on him, along with the police officer’s failure to find the source of the odor in the car and the absence of marijuana on his passenger, supported the subsequent and more thorough pat-down search of Meek that led to the discovery of contraband.

Myron Pryor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1009-CR-1176
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for permission to file a belated notice of appeal.

Shamar D. Shelton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1010-CR-571
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony receiving stolen property.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.M.C.; A.C. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
28A01-1102-JT-81
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Meshach Berry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-CR-1218
Criminal. Reverses denial of permission to file a belated notice of appeal. Remands for further proceedings.

Jason L. Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0810-CR-949
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder, Class D felony criminal recklessness, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Gary Singleton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1010-CR-575
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Rodney R. Jett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1012-CR-24
Criminal. Affirms sentence of six years for Class C felony battery.

Aaron Fromer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A04-1008-CR-520
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for additional credit time.

Jeffrey Cole v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-CR-1215
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Shane Cummings v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1009-CR-537
Criminal. Affirms convictions of five counts of child molesting – one as a Class C felony, three as Class A felonies, and one as a Class B felony.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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