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Opinions July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Thomas Dexter v. State of Indiana
79A04-1212-CR-611
Criminal. Affirms finding by jury after remand that Dexter is a habitual offender and the sentence enhancement of 30 years on his conviction of Class A felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death. The certified transcript from Dexter’s guilty-plea and sentencing hearing is sufficient to prove one of his underlying felony convictions, and his habitual-offender retrial was not barred by res judicata.

Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District v. Robert W. Teumer and Paula K. Teumer
91A04-1212-PL-638
Civil plenary. Reverses judgment regarding the appropriation of two permanent sewer easements and two temporary construction easements on the Teumers’ property. The court-appointed appraisal was improperly admitted, and there was insufficient evidence to support the trial court’s damage award. The trial court correctly directed the clerk to refund Twin Lakes’ overpayment but remands with instructions for the court to enter judgment in the amount of $950 in favor of the Teumers instead of a judgment of $5,000.

Daniel J. Chupp v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc. (NFP)
41A04-1302-SC-48
Small claim. Affirms grant of motion to dismiss Chupp’s notice of small claim and the denial of his motion to reconsider. Also denies Wyndham’s request for attorney fees.

Tony Mays v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A04-1301-PC-6
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

William Joseph VanHorn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1212-CR-992
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for amended abstract of judgment, in which VanHorn requested additional presentence jail credit time.

In Re the Adoption of A.H. and N.H., minor children, D.H., v. A.C.H. (NFP)
17A03-1302-AD-34
Adoption. Affirms the grant of stepmother A.C.H.’s petition to adopt D.H.’s children A.H. and N.H.

Donna M. Brown v. Paul F. Buchmeier and Sally M. Buchmeier d/b/a Fashion Trends (NFP)
33A05-1301-PL-13
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for the Buchmeiers on Brown’s lawsuit alleging breach of duty of care owed to a business invitee by an owner.

Co-Alliance, LLP v. Monticello Farm Service, Inc. (NFP)
91A04-1211-PL-606
Civil plenary. Dismisses appeal by Co-Alliance seeking to challenge a court order favorable to Monticello Farm Service because that order is not a final judgment or an interlocutory order appealable as a matter of right.

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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