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Opinions July 20, 2011

July 20, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Marianne Jackson v. Thomas Trancik, M.D.
29A02-1012-CC-1391
Civil collections. Reverses summary judgment to Dr. Trancik on his lawsuit to collect on a medical bill. The trial court abused its discretion in striking the affidavit of an expert witness designated by Jackson and that affidavit establishes an issue of material fact as to the amount she owes. Remand for further proceedings.

Wellpoint, Inc., et al. v. National Union Fire Ins., Co., et al.
49A05-1011-PL-670
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment for Twin City Fire Insurance Co. in Anthem’s action seeking defense and indemnification from its reinsurers. None of the subject policy provisions operate to exclude coverage in the manner Twin City proposes. Remands for further proceedings.

John R. Berry, IV v. State of Indiana
49A04-1008-CR-536
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A felony attempted murder. The trial court erred in rejecting Berry’s insanity defense. The evidence is undisputed at the time of the offense – Berry suffered from psychotic symptoms caused by his prolonged and severe alcohol abuse and he was unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct. Remands for further proceedings.

Paternity of A.C.; C.C. v. B.M. (NFP)
13A04-1009-DR-608
Domestic relation. Reverses grant of the petition of stepfather B.M. for custody of A.C. Remands for further proceedings.

R.W. v. Review Board (NFP)
93A02-1012-EX-1399
Agency action. Affirms determination that R.W. was fired for just cause.

Thomas West v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1102-CR-111
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony burglary.

Janet Barkes Trust, et al. v. Monica Stuckwisch, et al. (NFP)
36A01-1011-PL-612
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment for real estate agent Stuckwisch in a fraud action and remands for further proceedings.

James H. Higgason, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1011-CR-577
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for jail credit time.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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