Opinions June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014
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The following Indiana Tax Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday:
The Speedway Public Library v. Indiana Department of Local Government Finance
Tax. Affirms the Department of Local Government Finance’s final determination rejecting the appropriations and levies associated with the library’s 2011 budget and decision to reinstitute the appropriations and levies associated with the 2010 budget. Public notice of the town council’s Sept. 13 meeting was statutorily required.  

Wednesday’s opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals
Lloyd J. Diehl v. Larry J. Clemons
Civil tort. Reverses order granting Clemons’ motion to correct error, following a jury trial, and ordering a new trial on the question of damages owed by Diehl to Clemons. The trial court should have held an evidentiary hearing on the question of juror bias instead of ordering a new trial. Remands for hearing.

Jereme Lee Wall v. Alfred H. Plummer, III
Miscellaneous.  Affirms denial of petition to expunge the records of Wall’s Class C felony criminal mischief conviction. Wall admitted violating the terms of his probation, and by doing so he failed to successfully complete his sentence.

White County Board of Commissioners v. Y.M.C.A. Camp Tecumseh, Inc.
Miscellaneous. Reverses determination that Carroll County is a preferred venue in this case. Carroll County is not a preferred venue, so the trial court erred in denying the motion to transfer to White County. Remands for the trial court to grant White County Board of Commissioner’s motion to transfer.

Hugo Torres v. City of Hammond and City of Hammond Board of Public Works and Safety
Civil plenary. Reverses decision upholding an order by the city of Hammond Board of Public Works and Safety to demolish Torres’ house. Torres did not have the benefit of an impartial decision-maker in the proceeding that ordered demolition of his property.

In re the Estate of Ruth M. Rupley, Charles A. Rupley v. Michael L. Rupley
Estate. Reverses order finding the balance of a promissory note executed by Charles Rupley and his mother, Ruth Rupley, is an asset of her estate. Finds Transfer on Death Property Act retroactively applies and the promissory note is not an asset of the estate. Judge Riley dissents in part.

Centier Bank v. 1st Source Bank (NFP)
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment for 1st Source on its complaint to foreclose on a mortgage it held.

Braunel Mackey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms 15-year sentence for Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Frederick Cashner, Sr. and Lucille Cashner v. Western-Southern Life Assurance Company (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of motion for costs and attorney fees filed by Western-Southern Life Assurance Co. in a bad-faith action filed by the Cashners concerning the disbursement of proceeds from a life insurance policy.

Brian Earl Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea and remands for a hearing.

John A. Gall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

In Re the Marriage of Russell C. Best and Mariea L. Best, Mariea L. Best v. Russell C. Best (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms enforcement of an October 2011 Mediated Agreed Entry, wherein the parties agreed that Russell Best would serve as guardian to 19-year-old daughter M.B., who has Down Syndrome.

Gwayne Slater v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal.  Affirms sentence for Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of M.S. v. Gallahue Mental Health Services (NFP)
Mental health. Affirms temporary commitment order.

Ronald A. Manley v. State of Indiana and Bruce Lemmon, In his official capacity as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Affirms dismissal of Manley’s motion for a temporary injunction to exempt him from participating in the Indiana Sex Offender Management and Monitoring Program.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues