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Opinions July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014
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Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of: Steve L. Brejensky
29S00-1205-DI-277
Discipline. Imposes at least one-year suspension without automatic reinstatement based on Brejensky’s conviction of Class A misdemeanor conversion and lack of remorse. He may be reinstated only after proving his remorse, rehabilitation and fitness to practice law. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

In the Matter of: Patrick H. Stern
49S00-1205-DI-255
Discipline. Suspends Stern for at least 18-months without automatic reinstatement  for  failing to provide competent representation, representing clients with conflicting interests, asserting frivolous legal positions and engaging in deceptive practices with a court and the Disciplinary Commission.  Requires Stern to undergo a reinstatement proceeding before resuming practice. Justice David dissents regarding the discipline imposed, believing it is insufficient.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Somerville Auto Transport Service, Inc. and Robert Souza v. Automotive Finance Corporation
49A02-1307-CC-559
Civil collection.  Affirms orders placing the cause of action on the active docket and granting summary judgment in favor of Automotive Finance Corp against Somerville and Souza on an outstanding loan owed to AFC.  Finds trial court could place case back on docket  based on T.R. 60(A) after it had previously dismissed it with prejudiced, and finds that AFC provided sufficient evidence to show it reasonably believed Robson Merenciano was an agent of the dealership for purpose of purchasing vehicles using Somerville’s line of credit.

Charlotte Wiggins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1311-CR-972
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Robin Shannon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1312-CR-1010
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

David Wickizer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1310-CR-518
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

The Indiana 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 sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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