Opinions June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Tax Court and Indiana Supreme Court issued no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Alan Patrick McEntee v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Wells Fargo and remands to the trial court, holding that the court erred because Wells Fargo failed to establish there was no material fact that McEntee had defaulted; and that Wells Fargo failed to establish the absence of a genuine issue of material fact as to McEntee’s affirmative defense.  

Victoria Peak v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Jeffrey D. Pruitt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony criminal recklessness.

Kunta K. Gray v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Robert Sean Morphett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery.

Suzanne Throgmartin v. Gregg Appliances, Inc. (NFP)
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court’s dismissal of Throgmartin’s third-party complaint against Gregg Appliances.

Kimberly S. Lakin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Jennifer Alao-Hamed v. Adeniran Alao-Hamed (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s grant of husband’s motion to correct error.

Michael Eward v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of one count Class A misdemeanor and one count Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  

Shawn Lamont Alexander v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentences for two counts of Class A felony attempted murder and two counts of Class C felony attempted robbery.

Kenneth Watson v. P.C. Operating, LLC d/b/a Mentone Mini Mart, Paladin Global Development, Paladin Commercial LLC and Scientific Games International, Inc. (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s dismissal of Watson’s complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction based upon collateral estoppel.

Michael Priddy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for eight counts of Class B felony child molesting.  

Martin A. Harriman v. Kristina A. Harriman (NFP)
Domestic relation. Reverses trial court’s determination on amount of health care costs owed to Kristina Harriman with instructions to vacate the order requiring Martin Harriman to pay or hold a hearing to determine the correct amount. Affirms in all other regards.


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.