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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. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  2. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  3. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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