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Opinions June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Walbert Keith Farmer
13-3373
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Criminal. Vacates conditions of supervised release that required Farmer to submit to certain searches at the request of his probation officer, even without a warrant or reasonable suspicion, and a ban on self-employment. These special conditions do not bear a reasonably direct relationship to Farmer’s underlying crimes of attempted extortion. Remands for further proceedings.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Donald Bunger and Flora Bunger v. Jason A. Brooks, M.D.
45A03-1309-CT-360
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Brooks on the Bungers’ complaint alleging medical malpractice that resulted in the rapid loss of vision in Donald Bunger’s left eye. The trial court abused its discretion when it struck the affidavit of the Bungers’ expert witness.

Godfrey Ikechukwu Egwu, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1311-CR-510
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Brandon Daniels v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1309-CR-374
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class D felony failure to return to a lawful detention.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. I need an experienced attorney to handle a breach of contract matter. Kindly respond for more details. Graham Young

  2. I thought the slurs were the least grave aspects of her misconduct, since they had nothing to do with her being on the bench. Why then do I suspect they were the focus? I find this a troubling trend. At least she was allowed to keep her law license.

  3. Section 6 of Article I of the Indiana Constitution is pretty clear and unequivocal: "Section 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution."

  4. Video pen? Nice work, "JW"! Let this be a lesson and a caution to all disgruntled ex-spouses (or soon-to-be ex-spouses) . . . you may think that altercation is going to get you some satisfaction . . . it will not.

  5. First comment on this thread is a fitting final comment on this thread, as that the MCBA never answered Duncan's fine question, and now even Eric Holder agrees that the MCBA was in material error as to the facts: "I don't get it" from Duncan December 1, 2014 5:10 PM "The Grand Jury met for 25 days and heard 70 hours of testimony according to this article and they made a decision that no crime occurred. On what basis does the MCBA conclude that their decision was "unjust"? What special knowledge or evidence does the MCBA have that the Grand Jury hearing this matter was unaware of? The system that we as lawyers are sworn to uphold made a decision that there was insufficient proof that officer committed a crime. How can any of us say we know better what was right than the jury that actually heard all of the the evidence in this case."

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