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Opinions July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

In Re: The Matter of the Paternity of S.C.: K.C. (Appellant), and C.C. (Appellee), and B.H. (Appellee-Intervenor)
30A01-1107-JP-322
Juvenile paternity. Reaffirms original opinion affirming Hancock Circuit Court’s ruling vacating a finding of paternity for C.C. because another paternity action on behalf of B.H. was pending in Fayette Circuit. The decision grants rehearing in Hancock Circuit, finding that mother, S.C., did not inform the Hancock court of B.H’s pending paternity proceeding.

Julie Winslow v. Larry D. Fifer
84A04-1109-DR-518
Domestic relations/educational support. Affirms trial court ruling finding the plaintiff/mother in contempt of court, ordering her to pay defendant/father’s attorney fees and computing her proportional share of a daughter’s educational expenses. The court found the trial court did not abuse its discretion in sanctions for the plaintiff’s violation of court orders regarding educational support.

James Mies and Janice Mies v. Steuben County Board of Zoning Appeals
76A03-1112-PL-564
Civil plenary/zoning. Affirms the trial court order reversing the Steuben County Board of Zoning Appeals’ variance and remands the case to the BZA for a new hearing, holding that the board could not issue a post-construction variance for a lakeside deck that included waterfront setback requirements that would make the variance a legal nullity.

Ronald B. Hawkins v. State of Indiana
20A03-1112-CR-579
Criminal. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands in a split decision trial court convictions and sentences for two counts of Class C felony non-support of a dependent child. The appeals court held that the trial court erred in entering both convictions as Class C felonies and instructed the court to reduce one conviction to a Class D felony and enter the advisory sentence.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., f/k/a Wachovia Commercial Mortgage, Inc. v. PNC Bank, N.A., f/k/a National City Bank of Indiana
49A02-1111-PL-1004
Civil plenary. Affirms the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants on plaintiff’s suit alleging breach of contract, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, breach of duty to deal in good faith, tortious injury to property interest, slander of title and bad faith. The court held that the trial court did not err when it ruled the claims were barred by res judicata.

Leonard Dewitt v. Unsafe Building Department, City of Greendale, Indiana, Doug Hedrick, et al. (NFP)
15A04-1110-MI-567
Miscellaneous/inverse condemnation. Affirms trial court dismissal of action for inverse condemnation due to untimely filing of appeal of the Unsafe Building Department’s decision.

Stephen R. Harvey, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1201-CR-43
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s application of sentencing as a habitual offender.

Antonio Martell Twiggs v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1111-CR-538
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s sentence of 10 years with eight years executed for a Class B felony conviction of burglary.

Jack D. Tiller v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development, IDWD U.I. Claims Adjudication, and the Town of Walkerton (NFP)
93A02-1110-EX-961
Executive administration/unemployment. Affirms Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development ruling that plaintiff failed to disclose or falsified facts in applying for unemployment insurance.

Paul Roell v. American Senior Communities, LLP d/b/a East Lake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and Harry Scribner (NFP)
20A03-1111-CT-524
Civil Tort. Affirms in a split decision the trial court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s assault claim and denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment.

Kevin Cortez Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1107-CR-320
Criminal. Affirms interlocutory appeal of trial court’s denial of motion to suppress his confession in a fatal shooting.

Darryl Shepherd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1111-CR-600
Criminal. Affirms trial court conviction of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Richard B. Gonon v. Wright & Lerch, David M. Wright, Stephen J. Lerch, William C. Butler, and Stephen J. Shumlas (NFP)
49A04-1111-CC-576
Civil collection. Affirms trial court’s order granting motion for transfer of venue and denies defendants’ request for appellate attorney fees.

Aaron Isby v. Lee Hoefling, David Gilstrap, James Basinger, Roger Randall Jr., Kevin Ewers, Edwin Buss, and David Sloan (NFP)
49A05-1110-MI-592
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court ruling dismissing plaintiff’s suit on basis it failed to state a claim on which relief could be granted.

J.R. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1203-JV-105
Juvenile. Affirms trial court ruling that placed J.R., a 17-year-old pregnant girl who was on probation, in a residential program to learn parenting skills and provide a safe environment for the child.

Kyle E. Bowers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A01-1110-CR-464
Criminal. Affirms trial court convictions of three counts of dealing in a schedule I or II narcotic as Class B felonies, and three counts of reckless homicide as Class C felonies, pursuant to a guilty plea.

Antwuan Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-726
Criminal. Affirms trial court convictions of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Scott D. Wampler, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1201-CR-61
Criminal. Affirms trial court convictions and sentence for Class B felony burglary and criminal confinement.
 
Holly Fuhrman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A01-1108-CR-357
Criminal. Affirms trial court sentence for Class C felony forgery.

Jonathan S. Gardiner v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development, and Audio Video International Limited (NFP)
93A02-1110-EX-1052
Executive administration/unemployment. Affirms defendant’s denial of unemployment compensation benefits.
 
In the Matter of the Involuntary Commitment of A.B. (NFP)
10A01-1109-MH-483
Mental health/involuntary commitment. Affirms trial court’s continuation of involuntary commitment after a review hearing.
 
In the Matter of the Involuntary Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of S.W.; H.L. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
15A01-1112-JT-623
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms trial court’s termination of plaintiff mother’s termination of parental rights.
 
Dontay Foster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1111-CR-1036
Criminal. Affirms trial court convictions of Class D felony criminal confinement, criminal confinement by removal and residential entry; and Class A misdemeanor battery.
 
Ronnie Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A04-1108-PC-445
Criminal/post-conviction relief. Affirms trial court denial of post-conviction relief
 

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  1. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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