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Opinions July 19, 2013

July 19, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Kenneth Scholz v. Lorraine Kirk (NFP)
37A03-1211-PL-493
Civil plenary. Affirms the trial court’s determination of the amount of damages for the rental income for the farmland. Reverses award of prejudgment interest to Kirk.

Sean Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1301-CR-8
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor dealing marijuana and remands with instructions to vacate Johnson’s conviction for Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana because of a double jeopardy violation.

Dennis Tiller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1211-CR-928
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of child molesting, one as a Class A felony and one as a Class C felony.

David A. Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A05-1211-CR-606
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Jesus Mondragon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1212-CR-635
Criminal. Affirms conviction of domestic battery as a Class A misdemeanor.

Kathay Van Dyne v. IOM Health Systems LP, d/b/a Lutheran Hospital of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1211-CT-572
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for Lutheran Hospital on Van Dyne’s negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of herself and her husband’s estate.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: I.M.A. and L.R.A. (Minor Children), and M.M.H. (Mother) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
02A04-1212-JT-634
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Terrence Morris v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1301-CR-2
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor battery.

A.M.D., a Minor by his Parents and Guardians, John Doe and Jane Doe, and John Doe and Jane Doe, Individually v. Young Men's Christian Assoc. of Greater Indianapolis (NFP)
49A04-1211-CT-551
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of the YMCA on A.M.D.’s lawsuit alleging negligence.

Lake County Trust Company, Trust 4210, Trust 5061, and Alex Emmanoilidis v. Aox, Inc., and Brian Piunti (NFP)
45A03-1207-PL-309
Civil plenary. Affirms a jury verdict against the trust company as landlord for breach of lease and malicious prosecution.

Louis Cole v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A01-1211-CR-506
Criminal. Affirms conviction of resisting law enforcement as a Class D felony.

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

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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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