Opinions June 21, 2012

June 21, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Department of Revenue v. United Parcel Service, Inc.
Tax. Reverses Tax Court’s grant of summary judgment to UPS and denial of the department of revenue’s motion as to whether UPS was exempt from the adjusted gross income tax. None of the summary judgment materials presented to the Tax Court and Supreme Court establishes that during the years in question UPINSCO and UPS Re were doing business within the state of Indiana. Because this is a necessary condition in order to be “subject to” the premium tax, UPS failed in its burden of establishing that it is entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Byron Chan v. State of Indiana
Miscellaneous. Reverses order that Chan’s vehicle be forfeited for the use of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and sold for the benefit of the Marion County Law Enforcement fund after he was caught shoplifting $97 in goods from Menards. In Indiana statute, “retail or repurchase value” should be read as meaning the price of the goods without the addition of sales tax due on the transaction, so the property Chan stole does not reach the $100 minimum required to forfeit a vehicle.

Walker Whatley v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Fernando Padilla-Romo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of domestic battery in the presence of a minor as a Class D felony.

Glenda A. Wilson v. Roland B. Wilson, Jr. (NFP)
Domestic relation. Reverses order regarding payment of educational expenses by Roland Wilson Jr. for the parties’ minor daughter. Remands with instructions.

Herbert E. Robertson, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony armed robbery and adjudication as a habitual offender.

Sidney D. Bennett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molestation.

Jeffery Roshell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine.

Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.