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Opinions June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Gabriel V. Mendoza v. United States of America
13-3195, 13-3196
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Judge Robert L. Miller Jr.
Civil. Affirms denial of Mendoza’s petition for relief from his drug convictions. He was not deprived due process when an interpreter relocated her position in the courtroom to translate for a witness nor was he provided ineffective assistance of counsel.

Indiana Court of Appeals
George Patrick v. Keith Butts, Superintendent, State of Indiana and Indiana Parole Board
33A04-1311-MI-577
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of Patrick’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The order that Patrick participate in the Sex Offender Management and Monitoring program does not violate the ex post facto clause of the Indiana Constitution.

Michael Torres v. State of Indiana
49A02-1308-CR-727
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license. There was no fundamental error when the chief forensic pathologist testified as an expert witness instead of the doctor who performed the autopsy, who had left the state by the time Torres’ trial began. Torres’ right to confrontation was not violated. Judge Kirsch dissents and would remand for a new trial.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Edward P. Dechert, Trustee of the Bankruptcy Estate of John E. Smith and Isley's Plumbing, Inc.
34A02-1311-PL-980
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Wells Fargo’s motion to set aside default judgments against it in favor of Dechert, as bankruptcy trustee for John E. Smith Builders Inc. and Isley’s Plumbing Inc. Dechert’s and Isley’s second amended complaint and crossclaim did not vacate the default judgments entered in their favor against Wells Fargo. The trial court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Wells Fargo’s motion to set aside the default judgments on the basis of defective service of process. The trial court did not abuse its discretion on policy grounds when it denied the motion to set aside the default judgments.

Keith D. Bott v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1312-CR-1058
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Joshua Ketchem v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1308-PC-695
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Edwin Hunt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
60A01-1309-CR-406
Criminal. Affirms 40-year sentence for Class B felony burglary and adjudication as a habitual offender.

Bruce L. Truett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1311-CR-926
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in community corrections and order Truett serve three of his six years in the Department of Correction.

Larry Page v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1311-PC-556
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Demitrus Grant v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1311-CR-959
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after license was suspended for life.

In re the Paternity of E.S.: Makayla LeGault v. Michael J. Scott (NFP)
71A05-1312-JP-606
Juvenile. Affirms modification of mother’s custody of minor child and grant of sole physical custody of child to Scott.

Christopher Baxter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A01-1312-CR-551
Criminal. Affirms 40-year sentence for murder.

Signature Estates of Indiana, Inc. d/b/a Gordon Marketing, Stephens-Matthews Marketing, Inc., Shields Brokerage, Inc. et al. v. Conseco Medical Insurance Company, et al. (NFP)
29A02-1310-PL-846
Civil plenary. Reverses partial summary judgment for Conseco Medical Insurance Company and other defendants in lawsuit alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Remands for further proceedings.

Omert'a LLC, Dino Zurzolo d/b/a Shangri-La East, and Wholesalers, Inc. d/b/a Shangri-La Show Club v. Phillip Gray (NFP)
93A02-1309-EX-812
Agency action. Affirms order directing payment of money to complainant Gray and other actions by the respondents.

David Gregg v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1311-CR-505
Criminal. Affirms two-year sentence imposed after Gregg admitted violating a term of his probation.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana decisions prior to IL deadline.
 

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  1. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  2. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

  3. of course the bigger questions of whether or not the people want to pay for ANY bussing is off limits, due to the Supreme Court protecting the people from DEMOCRACY. Several decades hence from desegregation and bussing plans and we STILL need to be taking all this taxpayer money to combat mostly-imagined "discrimination" in the most obviously failed social program of the postwar period.

  4. You can put your photos anywhere you like... When someone steals it they know it doesn't belong to them. And, a man getting a divorce is automatically not a nice guy...? That's ridiculous. Since when is need of money a conflict of interest? That would mean that no one should have a job unless they are already financially solvent without a job... A photographer is also under no obligation to use a watermark (again, people know when a photo doesn't belong to them) or provide contact information. Hey, he didn't make it easy for me to pay him so I'll just take it! Well heck, might as well walk out of the grocery store with a cart full of food because the lines are too long and you don't find that convenient. "Only in Indiana." Oh, now you're passing judgement on an entire state... What state do you live in? I need to characterize everyone in your state as ignorant and opinionated. And the final bit of ignorance; assuming a photo anyone would want is lucky and then how much does your camera have to cost to make it a good photo, in your obviously relevant opinion?

  5. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Diane Wood has stated in “The Rule of Law in Times of Stress” (2003), “that neither laws nor the procedures used to create or implement them should be secret; and . . . the laws must not be arbitrary.” According to the American Bar Association, Wood’s quote drives home this point: The rule of law also requires that people can expect predictable results from the legal system; this is what Judge Wood implies when she says that “the laws must not be arbitrary.” Predictable results mean that people who act in the same way can expect the law to treat them in the same way. If similar actions do not produce similar legal outcomes, people cannot use the law to guide their actions, and a “rule of law” does not exist.

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