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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. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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