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Opinions July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Larry E. Snell v. K-Industrial, LLC (NFP)
02A03-1010-CC-523
Collections. Affirms trial court’s judgment in favor of K-Industrial and trial court’s partial summary judgment in favor of Larry Snell. Reverses award of attorney fees to Snell, holding that Snell’s complaint did not arise from his agreement with K-Industrial.

Jasper L. Chastain v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A01-1009-CR-543
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

John Battles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1012-CR-1279
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony auto theft.  

Duron Reese Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1012-CR-679
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery.

Michael D. Webb v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A03-1011-CR-599
Criminal. Affirms consecutive sentences for two counts of resisting law enforcement.

Christopher C. Craft v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1010-CR-530
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony burglary.

Claude R. Fisher v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1010-CR-530
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery.

Kathy Atkinson v. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (NFP)
49A02-1101-PL-28
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s decision on judicial review affirming the State of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s finding that Kathy Atkinson owed $4,956 due to overpayment of food stamp benefits.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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