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Opinions June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jason Findlay v. Jonathan Lendermon
12-3881
Civil/excessive use of force. Reverses District Court denial of summary judgment in favor of Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Lendermon, holding that Findlay has not met a burden of proof showing a violation of a clearly established right when Lendermon grabbed his arm to prevent him from picking up a memory card believed to contain surveillance video of Findlay’s admission of trespassing.

Indiana Supreme Court
Robert Bowen v. State of Indiana
08S02-1306-CR-423
Criminal. Affirms Court of Appeals ruling affirming Bowen’s convictions of and 14-year sentence for Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Class C felony dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, Class D felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The justices remanded, though, with instructions for the trial court to issue an amended sentencing order that included a reasonably detailed recitation of the trial court’s reasons for imposing a consecutive sentence on a single charge.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Serafin Sanchez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1206-CR-318
Criminal. Affirms in a divided opinion the jury convictions of two counts of murder over Sanchez’s insanity defense. Chief Judge Margret Robb dissented, arguing that a jury instruction erroneously raised the burden of proof for the insanity defense from a preponderance of the evidence to beyond a reasonable doubt.

Reggie T. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A04-1211-CR-569
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  

Jimmy D. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A04-1204-PC-196
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief from convictions of Class A felony attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license.

Nathan Warren v. State of Indiana (NFP)

03A05-1201-CR-31
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony stalking, Class D felony stalking, and Class D felony attempted inducement of obstruction of justice. Remands for the trial court to calculate Warren’s credit for time served prior to sentencing.

Larry Robert David, II, as Special Administrator of the Estate of Lisa Marie David, Deceased v. William Kleckner, M.D. (NFP)
49A02-1301-MI-13
Miscellaneous/estate. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of William Kleckner, M.D.

Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline Friday.
 

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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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