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Opinions June 20, 2011

June 20, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Nelson E. Rios v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1010-CR-612
Criminal. Affirms sentence for two counts of Class C felony dealing in a look-alike substance.

Spencer McCombs v. State of Indiana (NFP)
38A04-1008-CR-551
Criminal. Affirms sentence following a guilty plea to Class A felony dealing in cocaine.

James Wingard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1008-CR-890
Criminal. Affirms sentence following a guilty plea to Class A felony child molesting. On a cross-appeal from the state, the court held that the trial court did not err in granting James Wingard permission to file a belated notice of appeal.

A.N. v. J.N. (NFP)
49A02-1008-DR-851
Domestic relation. Reverses trial court’s order that children must earn telephone calls with mother during father’s parenting time and that children must cease counseling. Affirms the trial court in all other respects. Judge Barnes concurs in part and dissents in part.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court accepted one case on transfer for the week ending June 17, 2011, and denied 15 cases.
 

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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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