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Opinions July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013
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The following Indiana Supreme Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday:

Michael Chambers v. State of Indiana
53S01-1307-CR-459
Criminal. Reverses Court of Appeals ruling reducing an aggregate sentence for two convictions of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor and reinstates a trial court’s maximum consecutive sentence of 40 years in prison. Justices held the sentence imposed by the trial court was not inappropriate given the nature of the crime and the character of the defendant and did not warrant appellate revision.

Wednesday’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Ronald Ritz
11-3320
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Dismisses Ritz’s appeal of the grant of summary judgment in favor of the government that Ritz’s campground is subject to the Safe Drinking Water Act and its regulations. Ritz has waived all of the new arguments he now raises for the first time on appeal by failing to present them to the District Court.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Richard Hawkins v. State of Indiana
79A02-1211-CR-958
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felonies dealing in cocaine and possession of cocaine. Hawkins waived the right to appeal the appropriateness of his sentence.

In Re the Marriage of: Harry L. Tillman v. R. Virginia Tillman
87A05-1212-DR-619
Domestic relation. Affirms dismissal of Harry Tillman’s petition, by guardian Deborah Wagner, for dissolution of marriage. The trial court acted within its discretion when it granted R. Virginia Tillman’s motion to dismiss as neither the current Indiana statutes governing dissolution of marriage nor governing the guardianship of incapacitated persons provide a means for the guardian of an incapacitated person to file a petition for dissolution of marriage on behalf of the incapacitated person.

Pier 1 Imports (U.S.), Inc., v. Acadia Merrillville Realty, L.P. and Boyd Construction Company, Inc.
45A03-1207-CT-318
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment for Acadia and Boyd Construction on whether the companies breached their respective duties of care after a Pier 1 customer brought a negligence claim against the three companies following a slip-and-fall. Whether Acadia discharged its duty of care merely by contracting with Boyd is a question for the jury to decide, and, because there is evidence that additional salting was necessary after Boyd salted the sidewalk, a jury could reasonably infer that Boyd failed to exercise reasonable care in performing its snow and ice removal services. Judge Brown dissents.

Booker T. Prince, Jr. v. Marion County Auditor and Marion County Treasurer
49A02-1210-MI-835
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of Prince’s motion for relief from judgment. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in determining that the application for judgment and order for sale of his property of the Marion County auditor and treasure substantially complied with statutory requirements. The court did not abuse its discretion in determining that the officials’ notices regarding the tax sale process met the requirements of due process.

Keion Gaddie v. State of Indiana
49A02-1212-CR-953
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. Gaddie had no duty to stop when law enforcement ordered him to do so.

Anthony Edwards v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1210-CR-803
Criminal. Affirms sentence for convictions of Class B felony burglary, Class D felony theft, seven counts of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass, and Class B misdemeanors public intoxication, voyeurism, and failure to stop after an accident causing damage to property other than another vehicle.

Carlos A. Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1211-CR-466
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of marijuana with a prior conviction of possession of marijuana.

Michael G. Chamlee v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A04-1301-CR-9
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine, Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and Class C felony possession of chemical reagents or precursors.

Jasen M. Snelling v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1301-CR-30
Criminal. Affirms aggregate 40-year sentence following guilty plea to five counts of Class C felony offering and selling a security that was not registered, federally covered or exempt from registration; five counts of Class C felony failing to register as a broker-dealer, and nine counts of Class C felony securities fraud.

Thomas R. Tokarski and Sandra W. Tokarski v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1211-PL-498
Criminal. Affirms trial court striking of the Tokarskis’ objections and issuance of an order of appropriation and appointment of appraisers after the state sought to condemn real property owned by the couple to build I-69.

Adam J. Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
05A05-1301-CR-41
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Wesley Cashdollar v. State of Indiana (NFP)

70A01-1204-CR-139
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

In Re: the Marriage of: William Scott Wilson v. Andrea (Wilson) Gunning (NFP)
29A04-1208-DR-435
Domestic relation. Affirms order dissolving marriage and determination of issues including division of property, attorney fees, child support and custody.

In Re: The Paternity of S.J.E-C: Clarence Cones, III v. S.J.E-C, by next friend: Tabetha J. Emenaker, and Tabetha J. Emenaker (NFP)
49A02-1210-JP-805
Juvenile. Affirms order modifying custody of the minor child in favor of mother T.E.

Kevin Govan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1302-CR-60
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

William Temple v. State of Indiana (NFP)
33A01-1211-MI-533
Miscellaneous. Reverses order dismissing petition for writ of state habeas corpus relief following revocation of Temple’s parole. Remands with instructions to transfer the cause to the court where he was convicted and sentenced.

State of Indiana v. Mark M. Hairston (NFP)
02A04-1209-PC-476
Post conviction. Grants rehearing and concludes that Hairston’s sentence runs afoul of the protection against double jeopardy enhancements and his appellate counsel’s failure to raise the issue on direct appeal amounts to ineffective assistance. Remands with instructions to vacate his 10-year repeat sexual offender enhancement and adjust his sentence accordingly.

Justin Land v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A01-1212-CR-546
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony causing death while operating a motor vehicle.

Armando B. Quintero v. Maria L. Quintero (NFP)
43A03-1210-DR-434
Domestic relation. Affirms order with respect to the award of one-half of the value of the home and attorney fees of $8,000 to Maria Quintero. Reverses division of the full value of Armando Quintero’s pension between the parties and remands with instructions.

Corrie Tomblin v. Michael A. Tomblin (NFP)

50A03-1211-DR-471
Domestic relation. Affirms order modifying custody in the decree dissolving the Tomblins’ marriage.

Greg Haney, as Trustee of the Revocable Trust Agreement of Jay Budman Farrar Executed October 5, 1999 v. Patricia J. Farrar, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Jay B. Farrar (NFP)
29A02-1212-EU-1004
Estate, unsupervised. Affirms denial of Haney’s petition to require Patricia Farrar to pay certain estate expense out of the estate as opposed to funds within the trust over which Haney was the trustee.

Joseph E. Stambaugh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1212-CR-545
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony operation a motor vehicle after lifetime suspension of driving privileges, Class D felonies resisting law enforcement and possession of cocaine, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Class B misdemeanor false informing.

Arlisha Williams v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and UPS Ground Freights, Inc. (NFP)
93A02-1211-EX-959
Agency action. Affirms denial of unemployment benefits.

Alfred Vela v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1210-CR-559
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no decisions by IL deadline.
 

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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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