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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
13-2893
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.
20S04-1406-PL-399
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.
13-3240
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
49S05-1401-CR-28
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
02A04-1311-SC-595
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)
79A04-1308-PC-377
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Patrick McDonald v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1311-CR-557
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness with use of a vehicle.

German Espichan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1310-CR-515
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor battery.

Jenni Hill v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1311-MI-942
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)
59A01-1311-CR-484
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)
29A05-1401-DR-17
Domestic relation. Affirms order awarding Jane Shamely a 55 percent division of the marital assets.

Denon Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1305-PC-265
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Joseph B. Fowler v. Kathleen L. Fowler (NFP)
42A05-1402-DR-54
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)
32A04-1310-CR-507
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)
45A05-1312-MF-615
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)
02A03-1312-CR-498
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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  4. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

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