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Opinions July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Ryan E. Bean v. State of Indiana
91A02-1310-CR-912
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A felony child molesting. Finds Bean was denied a fair trial because of fundamental error. Testimony from the victim’s mother and an Indiana Department of Child Services investigator impermissibly vouched for the victim’s credibility and invaded the province of the jury to determine the validity of the witness’s statements. The prosecutor reinforced this vouching testimony in his closing arguments. Also, the prosecutor committed misconduct when he asked the county sheriff about the process for investigating child molesting allegations in general. The sheriff’s testimony left the jurors wondering what Bean told police and, therefore, penalized the defendant for invoking his right to counsel.

Richard Dodd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1312-CR-475
Criminal. Affirms resentencing order of 55 years in prison for conviction of Class A felony attempted murder and class C felony burglary.

Martin's Markets, Inc., Dale Martin and Alisa Martin v. Coonie's Corner, LLC (NFP)
72A05-1401-MF-41
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court denial of Martin’s Markets’ motion to deem a judgment against them in favor of Coonie’s Corner discharged.

Charles Gaylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1312-CR-520
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed by the trial court after Gaylor admitted violating terms of probation.

Jaime Miguel Cordero v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1401-CR-28
Criminal. Affirms 45-year aggregate sentence and convictions of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct and Class B felony burglary.

In Re: The Petition of John Oberleas for Issuance of Tax Deed, Tax Sale Certificates #801063, 801066, 801067, 801068, Parcel No. 006-00168-00; 006-01232-00; 006-01233-00; 006-01234-00; et al (NFP)
80A05-1402-MI-70
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s denial of Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC’s motion to set aside an order directing issuance of tax deeds and the tax sale of a property to which it had obtained an interest.

William Hodapp, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
07A01-1307-CR-342
Criminal. On rehearing, reaffirms Hodapp’s conviction of Class B felony incest.

Mark Keaton v. Christine L. Zook (NFP)
53A01-1401-PL-38
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of summary judgment on favor of Christine Zook on Mark Keaton’s malicious prosecution and abuse of process claims.

Grover E. Lowe v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A04-1311-CR-572
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of methamphetamine.

John Hollins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1308-PC-719
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of relief from Hollins’ 110-year aggregate sentence for convictions of three counts of Class A felony rape, one count of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct, one count of Class B felony criminal confinement and his adjudication as a habitual offender.

Joshua W. Doughty v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1311-CR-483
Criminal. Affirms 40-year executed sentence for conviction of Class A felony child molesting.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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