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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
49T10-1103-TA-22
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
45A04-1309-CT-460
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
85A02-1311-MI-976
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.
08A04-1401-MI-17
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
45A03-1306-PL-205
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
71A05-1306-ES-288
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)
64A03-1309-MF-356
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)
49A02-1310-CR-873
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)
64A04-1311-PL-555
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)
50A05-1308-CR-444
Criminal. Reverses denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea and remands for a hearing.

John A. Gall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1309-CR-769
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)
06A04-1401-DR-46
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)
49A02-1311-CR-987
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)
49A02-1311-MH-939
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)
33A01-1310-MI-458
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. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. 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)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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