Opinions June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014
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The following opinions were posted after IL deadline Thursday:
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

James Nichols v. Michigan City Plant Planning Department, Michigan City Area Schools
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Chief Judge Philip P. Simon.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for Michigan City schools on Nichols’ allegations of Title VII violations. He did not provide sufficient evidence that demonstrates that the harassment he allegedly suffered while working as a temporary janitor was severe or pervasive. He also failed to provide sufficient evidence that his alleged harasser was a proximate cause of his firing because affidavits from his supervisors show that he would have been let go even if there was no feud between Nichols and the harasser.

Indiana Supreme Court
Ralph Andrews v. Mor/Ryde International, Inc.
Civil plenary. Grants transfer and reverses trial court holding that punitive damage restrictions apply under the Sales Representative Act. Holds that treble damages under the Act are not subject to the Punitive Damages Act.

Friday’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Fares Pawn LLC and William K. Saalwaechter v. Indiana Department of Financial Institutions, et al.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Evansville Division, Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for the defendants on Saalwaechter’s lawsuit alleging the Department of Financial Institutions violated the equal protection clause when processing his application for a pawnbroking license. No reasonable jury could conclude that DFI treated Saalwaechter differently from similarly situated applicants without a rational reason.

Indiana Supreme Court
Nick McIlquham v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms admittance of contraband found in an apartment by police during a warrantless search.  McIlquham and the other resident of the apartment consented to a full search of the apartment after their young child was found unsupervised wandering near a pond in their apartment complex.

Indiana Court of Appeals
DECA Financial Services, LLC v. Tina Gray
Small claim. Affirms denial of attorney fees as part of DECA Financial Services’ small claims judgment against Gray. The attorney fees provision of the agreement Gray entered into with Dupont Hospital for payment of medical services at the hospital and Emergency Medicine of Indiana only applies to Dupont and not to DECA, the assignee of debt owed by Gray to Emergency Medicine.

George Odongo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Patrick McDonald v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness with use of a vehicle.

German Espichan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor battery.

Jenni Hill v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Affirms determination of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles that Hill is a habitual traffic violator.

John F. VanDeVanter, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine, Class D felony possession of methamphetamine and Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement.  

Jane Shamley v. Gordon Shamley (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms order awarding Jane Shamely a 55 percent division of the marital assets.

Denon Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Joseph B. Fowler v. Kathleen L. Fowler (NFP)
Domestic relation. Reverses denial of Joseph Fowler’s motion to correct error, which challenged an order for college expenses and child support arrearage.

Charles Coleman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Coleman serve 400 days of his previously suspended sentence in the Department of Correction.

OneWest Bank, FSB v. Jason Jarvis, Natalie Jarvis, Mortgage Electronic Systems, Inc., as Nominees for American Mortgage Network, Inc., GE Money Bank, et. al. (NFP)
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses sanction imposed by the trial court upon finding OneWest in contempt and remands with instructions to remove that language from the September 2013 order.

Harry White, II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for attempted murder, Class C felony intimidation, Class D felony strangulation, Class D felony auto theft and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.

The Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.



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  2. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

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  4. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  5. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon