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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. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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