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Opinions July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Darrell Larue Brown v. State of Indiana
10A04-1109-CR-551
Criminal. Affirms Brown’s sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class B felony child molesting. Brown waived his right to appeal.

Anthony W. Browning v. State of Indiana
49A05-1110-CR-540
Criminal. Affirms five convictions of Class C felony child exploitation. There is sufficient evidence to support Browning knowingly disseminated child pornography.

Mark Gaither v. Indiana Dept. of Correction, et al.
18A02-1111-MI-1073
Miscellaneous. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of the Indiana Department of Correction and other defendants on Gaither’s claim that a residency restriction placed on him as a sex offender by the statutes violates the ex post facto clause of the Indiana Constitution. Home ownership does not determine whether a condition restricting residency is permissible. It is permissible to prohibit a sex offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school as a condition of probation.

State of Indiana Military Dept., State Armory Board of the State of Indiana, and Governor Mitch E. Daniels, Jr. v. Continental Electric Co., Inc.
45A05-1109-PL-465
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court judgment in favor of Continental Electric on its claim against the state actors for breach of contract and quantum meruit. The trial court erroneously determined that the state had breached a contract between the state and the subcontractor, which had no contract with the state. The court also erred in concluding Continental Electric was entitled to recover from the state on the basis of quantum meruit.

Kenneth Simmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-781
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery.

John Doe a/k/a mspbis123, a/k/a Stacy Palombo v. Eve Carson (NFP)
49A05-1201-PL-2
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of Palombo’s partial motion for summary judgment on Carson’s claim of defamation per se. Remands with instructions to enter an order consistent with this opinion.  

Jason E. Hough v. State of Indiana (NFP)
05A04-1107-CR-361
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class A felony child molesting but reverses and remands with instructions with respect to Hough’s sentence.

Adrian Hardy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1111-CR-1002
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance. Remands with instructions to correct the abstract of judgment.

Timothy Matson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
04A03-1112-CR-567
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Larry C. Perry, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1112-CR-635
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies criminal confinement, strangulation, two counts of domestic battery, residential entry, and invasion of privacy; Class A misdemeanors interference with the reporting of a crime and resisting law enforcement; and adjudication as a habitual offender.

William M. Steele v. Daniel Callahan (NFP)
84A01-1110-SC-484
Small claim. Affirms denial of Steele’s motion to dismiss and denial of Callahan’s claim for attorney fees. The trial court properly found that inconsistencies in the 2008 and 2009 surveys conducted by Steele proximately caused Callahan and Riggs to incur costs related to the third survey by Myers. The trial court’s findings that Steele’s negligence proximately caused Callahan’s damages regarding the movement of the fence, the 2008 Steele survey, and his initial landscaping costs, were clearly erroneous. Remands with instructions.

Margaret Killion v. Jarrod Kendall, d/b/a Kendall Kontracting and Jarrod Kendall (NFP)

09A04-1109-CT-513
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Killion’s motion to correct error in the ruling that Kendall Kontracting and Kendall did not commit any fraud during Killion’s home improvement project.

In Re: the Paternity of T.P., R.L. and W.M. v. B.P. (NFP)
06A01-1202-JP-38
Juvenile paternity.  Affirms grant of father’s discovery protective order and finding that stepmother did not meet her burden to pursue third-party custody of T.P. Reverse the award of attorney fees.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of K.D., K.B., and B.Y.; and N.D., O.Y., and W.B. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
50A05-1110-JT-568
Juvenile termination. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Garry Balthes v. Concept Industries, Inc., Composite Technologies, LLC, and Shawn Eshragh (NFP)
20A03-1111-CC-517
Civil collection. Reverses in part summary judgment and remands for further proceedings on the sole issue of Balthes’ promissory estoppel defense or claim and affirms in all other respects.

Robert Spears v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1103-PC-110
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Michael Berthiaume v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1111-CR-1018
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony strangulation and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Gregory Hensley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1111-CR-605
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct.

Omnisource Corporation v. David E. Lallow, James Niswonger, Sr., 3 Rivers Metal Recycling, LLC and J & D Real Estate, LLC (NFP)
02A05-1112-PL-627
Civil plenary. Reverses order granting defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment in Omnisource’s action against Lallow, Niswonger, 3 Rivers Metal Recycling and J&D Real Estate for injunctive relief and damages.

Dellia Castile v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1112-CR-583
Criminal. Affirms trial court decision to not reduce bail.

Erik Morales v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1110-CR-554
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class A felony attempted child molesting.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of: Jo.L. (Minor Child), and J.L. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
22A01-1111-JT-542
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Payroll Disbursement Account 2, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development (NFP)
93A02-1108-EX-878
Agency appeal. Affirms decision by liability administrative law judge affirming the determination of the department of workforce development that PDA 2 is a partial successor employer of Management 2000 Benefits Inc. for purposes of calculating its unemployment insurance tax contributions.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of: O.H. & J.M. (Minor Children), and C.H. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
71A05-1112-JT-707
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Tracy Hertel v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1106-CR-244
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: E.M.R., and V.H. & M.R. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
71A03-1110-JT-494
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.
 

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  1. Applause, applause, applause ..... but, is this duty to serve the constitutional order not much more incumbent upon the State, whose only aim is to be pure and unadulterated justice, than defense counsel, who is also charged with gaining a result for a client? I agree both are responsible, but it seems to me that the government attorneys bear a burden much heavier than defense counsel .... "“I note, much as we did in Mechling v. State, 16 N.E.3d 1015 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014), trans. denied, that the attorneys representing the State and the defendant are both officers of the court and have a responsibility to correct any obvious errors at the time they are committed."

  2. Do I have to hire an attorney to get co-guardianship of my brother? My father has guardianship and my older sister was his co-guardian until this Dec 2014 when she passed and my father was me to go on as the co-guardian, but funds are limit and we need to get this process taken care of quickly as our fathers health isn't the greatest. So please advise me if there is anyway to do this our self or if it requires a lawyer? Thank you

  3. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  4. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  5. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

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