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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. "Am I bugging you? I don't mean to bug ya." If what I wrote below is too much social philosophy for Indiana attorneys, just take ten this vacay to watch The Lego Movie with kiddies and sing along where appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etzMjoH0rJw

  2. I've got some free speech to share here about who is at work via the cat's paw of the ACLU stamping out Christian observances.... 2 Thessalonians chap 2: "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last."

  3. Did someone not tell people who have access to the Chevy Volts that it has a gas engine and will run just like a normal car? The batteries give the Volt approximately a 40 mile range, but after that the gas engine will propel the vehicle either directly through the transmission like any other car, or gas engine recharges the batteries depending on the conditions.

  4. Catholic, Lutheran, even the Baptists nuzzling the wolf! http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-documents-reveal-obama-hhs-paid-baptist-children-family-services-182129786-four-months-housing-illegal-alien-children/ YET where is the Progressivist outcry? Silent. I wonder why?

  5. Thank you, Honorable Ladies, and thank you, TIL, for this interesting interview. The most interesting question was the last one, which drew the least response. Could it be that NFP stamps are a threat to the very foundation of our common law American legal tradition, a throwback to the continental system that facilitated differing standards of justice? A throwback to Star Chamber’s protection of the landed gentry? If TIL ever again interviews this same panel, I would recommend inviting one known for voicing socio-legal dissent for the masses, maybe Welch, maybe Ogden, maybe our own John Smith? As demographics shift and our social cohesion precipitously drops, a consistent judicial core will become more and more important so that Justice and Equal Protection and Due Process are yet guiding stars. If those stars fall from our collective social horizon (and can they be seen even now through the haze of NFP opinions?) then what glue other than more NFP decisions and TRO’s and executive orders -- all backed by more and more lethally armed praetorians – will prop up our government institutions? And if and when we do arrive at such an end … will any then dare call that tyranny? Or will the cost of such dissent be too high to justify?

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