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Opinions July 16, 2012

July 16, 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
M & M Investment Group, LLC v. Ahlemeyer Farms, Inc. and Monroe Bank
03A04-1112-CC-639
Civil collection. Affirms trial court order denying M&M’s petition for a tax deed for property of which Monroe Bank was the mortgagee, holding that the court properly denied the petition. Finds that the Indiana pre-tax-sale notice statute violates the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Kyle L. Doolin v. State of Indiana
32A01-1111-CR-545
Criminal. Affirms trial court conviction of possession of marijuana as a Class A misdemeanor, holding that the trial court did abuse its discretion when it admitted into evidence the results of an in-court field test of a substance alleged to be marijuana, but the error was harmless.

In Re: The Paternity of J.D. and D.D.; B.D. (Father) v. C.H. (Mother) (NFP)
76A04-1111-JP-580
Juvenile/paternity. Reverses and remands, holding that the trial court abused its discretion in excluding from evidence a custody evaluation report to determine parenting time.

James W. Hamilton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A05-1110-CR-599
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Stephen Duane Rush v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1112-CR-1091
Criminal. Affirms trial court conviction and 149-year aggregate sentence for murder, three counts of Class A felony attempted murder, and Class C felony failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury and death.

Timothy Leon Jester v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1112-CR-701
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class C felony operating a vehicle after a lifetime suspension, finding that the state did not prove that Jester had a lifetime suspension at the time of the offense.

Austin Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
28A01-1112-CR-611
Criminal. Affirms trial court convictions of two Class C felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
 

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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