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Opinions July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court

Kenneth Dwayne Vaughn v. State of Indiana
45S05-1112-CR-684
Criminal. Affirms decision not to grant a mistrial. Vaughn did not suffer actual harm from the bailiff restraining him by covering Vaughn’s mouth in front of the jury so he would stop taking.
 
Indiana Court of Appeals
Erasmo Leyva, Jr. v. State of Indiana
02A03-1111-CR-535
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony child molesting. Sufficient evidence exists from which the trier of fact could find Leyva guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Judge Baker dissents, believing the victim’s testimony is incredibly dubious.  

North Gibson School Corporation v. Shea Truelock, Brian Douglas, Doyin Barrett, Tony Hensley, et al.
26A01-1111-PL-505
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of the school corporation’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by 13 bus drivers. The drivers, as unsuccessful bidders for a transportation services contract with the school, do not have a private right of action against the school corporation. The school corporation cannot be held liable for compensatory damages under the Indiana Antitrust Act.

In re the Adoption of S.W., Thomas West v. Ronnie D. Sedberry and Sondra Sedberry (NFP)
34A04-1202-AD-77
Adoption. Affirms grant of petition by the Sedberrys to adopt West’s biological daughter.

In Re: The Marriage of John Davis v. Pamela Davis (NFP)
15A05-1112-DR-649  
Domestic relation. Affirms distribution of property.

Paul Lewis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1201-PC-1
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Andrew Huntsman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1201-CR-14
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following guilty plea to Class A misdemeanor cemetery mischief.

Vaughn Blackburn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A04-1112-CR-659
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

In the Matter of the Adoption of A.N.B.; L.T.B. v. C.J.H. (NFP)
26A01-1201-AD-30
Adoption. Affirms order granting stepfather’s petition to adopt A.N.B.

Darnell Tinker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1112-CR-587
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Ben J. Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A04-1107-CR-372
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class B felony dealing in cocaine and status as a habitual offender.

Brad W. Passwater v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1201-PC-17
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Jimmie I. Immel v. Jennifer W. Immel (NFP)
06A01-1112-DR-600
Domestic relation. Affirms order dissolving marriage and division of assets.

K.S.B., A Child Alleged to be a Delinquent Child v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1112-JV-602
Juvenile. Affirms decision to place K.S.B. in the custody of the Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village following his adjudication for intimidation.

Anthony Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1110-CR-490
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Sean Shumaker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A03-1203-CR-133
Criminal. Affirms trial court allowing the state to file a belated answer to Shumaker’s petition for post-conviction relief and the denial of his motion for default judgment. Reverses summary denial of Shumaker’s PCR petition and remands for further proceedings.

A.K., Father v. T.L., Mother (NFP)
02A04-1112-JP-653
Juvenile paternity. Dismisses father’s appeal of order which in part denied his petition to modify custody.
 

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  1. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  2. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  3. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

  4. Dear Fan, let me help you correct the title to your post. "ACLU is [Left] most of the time" will render it accurate. Just google it if you doubt that I am, err, "right" about this: "By the mid-1930s, Roger Nash Baldwin had carved out a well-established reputation as America’s foremost civil libertarian. He was, at the same time, one of the nation’s leading figures in left-of-center circles. Founder and long time director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Baldwin was a firm Popular Fronter who believed that forces on the left side of the political spectrum should unite to ward off the threat posed by right-wing aggressors and to advance progressive causes. Baldwin’s expansive civil liberties perspective, coupled with his determined belief in the need for sweeping socioeconomic change, sometimes resulted in contradictory and controversial pronouncements. That made him something of a lightning rod for those who painted the ACLU with a red brush." http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/biographies/roger-baldwin-2/ "[George Soros underwrites the ACLU' which It supports open borders, has rushed to the defense of suspected terrorists and their abettors, and appointed former New Left terrorist Bernardine Dohrn to its Advisory Board." http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237 "The creation of non-profit law firms ushered in an era of progressive public interest firms modeled after already established like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ("NAACP") and the American Civil Liberties Union ("ACLU") to advance progressive causes from the environmental protection to consumer advocacy." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cause_lawyering

  5. Mr. Foltz: Your comment that the ACLU is "one of the most wicked and evil organizations in existence today" clearly shows you have no real understanding of what the ACLU does for Americans. The fact that the state is paying out so much in legal fees to the ACLU is clear evidence the ACLU is doing something right, defending all of us from laws that are unconstitutional. The ACLU is the single largest advocacy group for the US Constitution. Every single citizen of the United States owes some level of debt to the ACLU for defending our rights.

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