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Opinions July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday:
United States of America v. Haitham Mohamed
13-2368
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Criminal. Reverses conviction of knowingly transporting and possessing contraband cigarettes. The District Court erred in denying Mohamed’s motions for judgment of acquittal pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29.

Wednesday’s opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals

Willie L. Montgomery v. State of Indiana
82A05-1401-CR-34
Criminal. On interlocutory appeal, rejects Montgomery’s challenge of the denial of his motion to dismiss a charge of failure to register as a sex or violent offender in Vanderburgh County because he has already been prosecuted for failing to register in Pike County. The charge in question is not barred under I.C. 35-34-1-4(a)(7) and does not violate double jeopardy principles. Remands for trial.

Joseph Laycock v. Joseph Sliwkowski, M.D.
79A04-1310-CT-521
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Sliwkowski on Laycock’s complaint that the doctor had a duty to see that Laycock obtained proper treatment.  The designated evidence does not establish a genuine issue of material fact on the issue of causation.

Briandre Q. Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1310-CR-428
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft.

Joseph Chadwick Cole v. State of Indiana (NFP)
69A05-1402-CR-92
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

In Re: the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: S.J. (Minor Child), And D.C. (Father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
02A04-1312-JT-646
Juvenile. Affirms order terminating parental rights.

Freemond Jordan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1310-CR-540
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder and Class B felony attempted robbery.

Walter J. Bramage v. Discover Bank (NFP)
45A04-1312-CC-636
Civil collection. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Discover Bank.

David Jastrzembski v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1312-CR-481
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony check fraud.

Joseph R. Mosley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
87A01-1312-CR-530
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to 23 counts of Class D felony theft.

Shannon Goodman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A01-1401-CR-5
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony burglary resulting in bodily injury.

Adam Trusty and Brittany Trusty v. David L. Hood (NFP)
08A05-1309-CC-466
Civil collection. Affirms claim of breach of contract to sell residential real estate against the Trustys.

Delvon Tolbert v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1310-CR-564
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony forgery.

Adam Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1311-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms denial of Taylor’s motion to suppress evidence seized during a search of his vehicle and his sentence for Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Class D felony dealing in marijuana, Class D felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

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. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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