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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.
75A03-1106-MF-277
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)

49A02-1112-CR-1096
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Jeffrey D. Pruitt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1110-CR-576
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony criminal recklessness.

Kunta K. Gray v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1111-PC-623
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Robert Sean Morphett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1110-CR-565
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery.

Suzanne Throgmartin v. Gregg Appliances, Inc. (NFP)
84A05-1110-MF-573
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court’s dismissal of Throgmartin’s third-party complaint against Gregg Appliances.

Kimberly S. Lakin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
91A02-1107-CR-655
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Jennifer Alao-Hamed v. Adeniran Alao-Hamed (NFP)
49A02-1110-DR-1017
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s grant of husband’s motion to correct error.

Michael Eward v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-934
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)
71A03-1109-CR-424
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)
43A04-1202-PL-55
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)
31A01-1110-CR-455
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for eight counts of Class B felony child molesting.  

Martin A. Harriman v. Kristina A. Harriman (NFP)
41A01-1111-DR-513
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. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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