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Opinions June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had issued no opinions by IL deadline.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
IP of A West 86th Street 1, LLC, et al., v. Morgan Stanley Worldwide Capital Holdings, LLC
11-2891
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Affirms District Court’s summary judgment in favor of Morgan Stanley, holding that the company was entitled to structure the sale of a loan as it wished and that the company did not err in allowing a purchaser to use escrow funds to finance the sale.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael Phelps v. State of Indiana
55A01-1108-CR-410
Criminal. Affirms 35-year sentence with five years suspended for a minor convicted as an adult of a Class A attempted murder for the school shooting of a classmate, holding that the sentence did not lead to an inference of gross disproportionality.

Delmas Sexton II v. State of Indiana
02A03-1110-CR-465
Criminal. Affirms 65-year sentence for a murder conviction in a Fort Wayne killing, holding that the trial court’s consideration of aggravating factors that resulted in a longer sentence was not double jeopardy or punishment for charges that had been dropped in a plea agreement.

Canon Harper v. State of Indiana
10A01-1012-CR-687
Criminal. Affirms on rehearing convictions of dealing in cocaine, possession of cocaine, dealing in a narcotic drug, and possession of a narcotic drug, all Class A felonies; two counts of resisting law enforcement, battery of a law enforcement officer, and possession of paraphernalia, all Class A misdemeanors; and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony. The court ruled Harper constructively possessed the contraband.

David S. Healey v. State of Indiana
02A04-1110-CR-537
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for Class C felony failure to register as a sex offender and registering on a social media site that is used by people under age 18. Holds that amendments to Indiana’s Sex Offender Registry Act that require 10-year registration upon release from incarceration do not violate the state or federal Constitution because the registry is not intended to be punitive.

Michael L. Criss v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A05-1111-CR-632
Criminal. Affirms order revoking community corrections placement and committing Criss to the Indiana Department of Correction for a Class C felony battery conviction.  

Ron Weathers v. Jessica Turley (NFP)
45A03-1109-CT-405
Civil tort. Reverses jury’s award of $86,250 in damages to Turley, holding that a list she provided the court showing losses contained no factual information and included items of no real monetary value. Remands for the court to award damages of $3,000.

Sucharita Ananthaneni v. Access Therapies, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1109-PL-902
Civil plenary. Dismisses appeal of order denying motion to reconsider the refusal to set aside a default judgment entered in favor of Access Therapies, holding the appeal was not timely filed.

Steven G. Fraley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A03-1112-CR-565
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order revoking probation.

Karen D. McGuinness v. Michael F. McGuinness (NFP)
49A02-1110-DR-937
Domestic relation. Reverses trial court’s decision setting aside the decree of dissolution of marriage and property settlement agreement, holding that the court erred in concluding the husband had entered into the agreement and signed other documents under duress because it failed to address the husband’s petition alleging fraud. Remands for further proceedings.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: C.K. and R.K. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
20A04-1110-JT-534
Juvenile. Affirms termination of father’s parental rights.
 

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  3. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

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  5. It would appear that news breaking on Drudge from the Hoosier state (link below) ties back to this Hoosier story from the beginning of the recent police disrespect period .... MCBA president Cassandra Bentley McNair issued the statement on behalf of the association Dec. 1. The association said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. “The MCBA does not believe this was a just outcome to this process, and is disheartened that the system we as lawyers are intended to uphold failed the African-American community in such a way,” the association stated. “This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.” http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2016/07/18/hate-cops-sign-prompts-controversy/87242664/

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