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Opinions July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
In Re the Guardianship of A.J.A. and L.M.A., Minor Children; J.C. v. J.B. and S.B.
48S02-1305-GU-398
Guardianship. Holds the trial court correctly vacated its original order granting grandparent visitation. The Grandparent Visitation Statute does not provide a means by which the paternal grandmother in this case may seek visitation when her son has murdered the mother of her two grandchildren.

Indiana Court of Appeals
James Denning v. State of Indiana
49A05-1208-CR-394
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony attempted robbery and finding Denning is a habitual offender. COA rules it has jurisdiction over the appeal because Denning is appealing a final order, as he was not subject to a pending restitution order. His victim’s testimony was not incredibly dubious and the trial court was not obliged to enter a conviction of a lesser-included offense.

Frederick Herron v. State of Indiana
34A02-1203-CR-224
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, one count of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and the finding that Herron is a habitual offender. Because the police officers had probable cause to believe Herron was delivering cocaine, his arrest on being removed from the car was permissible. The trial court therefore did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence seized from that point forward.

Auditor of Owen County and Treasurer of Owen County v. Asset Recovery, Inc.
60A01-1212-MI-592
Miscellaneous. Reverses order granting Asset Recovery’s verified petition and claim for surplus after tax sale. Asset Recovery is limited in the amount it can receive from the surplus under I.C. 6-1.1-24-7.5(b)(1).

Christopher Halterman v. Adams County Board of Commissioners, Adams County Sheriff, Charles Padgett, Adams County Sheriff's Dept. and Adams County Jail
01A04-1211-CT-558
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for sheriff Charles Padgett on Halterman’s lawsuit alleging negligence in the treatment of his abscess. The trial court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Halterman’s motion to strike the affidavit of Dr. House, and Padgett was entitled to summary judgment because Halterman could not show any action or lack thereof by Padgett caused Halterman’s injury.

Marco Puente v. Stark Leasing Company, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1211-PL-940
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment entered against Puente but reverses award of attorney fees to Stark Leasing Co. Remands for the trial court to hold a hearing on the issue of attorney fees incurred through the trial in this case, not exceeding the $1,800 originally awarded.

Troy Thurman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A04-1208-CR-438
Criminal. Reverses trial court refusal to award credit for time served and good time credit. Remands with instructions to modify the time remaining on Thurman’s sentence.

Clint Bradley a/k/a Sam Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1209-CR-760
Criminal. Affirms denial of Bradley’s motion to withdraw his guilty pleas to counts of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Jeremiah Walls v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-1212-CR-581
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s determination that the state did not violate the 14th Amendment by striking a prospective juror and affirms the trial court’s refusal to give Walls’ tendered jury instruction.

Todd D. Kelly v. State of Indiana (NFP)
41A01-1212-CR-565
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor intimidation.

Bruce Johnson-El v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1302-CR-177
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of denial of petition for additional credit time.

Kasiim Weaver v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1211-CR-564
Criminal. Affirms 34-year sentence for Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

John D. Rogers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A04-1211-CR-592
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for specific performance of a plea agreement.

In the Matter of the Paternity of: L.M.D. (Minor Child) D.H. v. A.D. (NFP)
01A02-1301-JP-31
Juvenile. Reverses denial of father’s petition to change the last name of his daughter to match his own. Remands with instructions to grant the petition.

James F. Noel v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1212-CR-1005
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony attempted murder.

The Indiana Tax Court posted no decisions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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