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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. 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.

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

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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