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Opinions June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Maetta Vance v. Ball State University, et al.
08-3568
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Affirms District Court’s summary judgment for the defendants and dismissal of discrimination lawsuit, stating the plaintiff failed to prove that her treatment at work was in any way affected by her race, and that the plaintiff did not prove that Ball State University was negligent in taking steps to remediate reported harassment.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
J.H. v. State of Indiana
49A02-1005-JV-560
Juvenile. Reverses and remands with instructions to vacate restitution order. Holds that the juvenile court failed to recognize the state must prove validity of damage estimates and that the court did not adequately investigate J.H.’s ability to pay.

Nicholas Mills v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A04-1012-CR-741
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molestation.

John Warren v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1009-CR-997
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and Class B misdemeanor criminal recklessness. Reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended within ten years of a similar prior infraction and remands with instructions to amend by vacating Class A misdemeanor conviction and entering Class A infraction in its place.

Timmy Todd Zieman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1005-CR-230
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony attempted murder.

Bryan Ward v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-CR-1250
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

C.W. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-JV-1314
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a juvenile delinquent for an act that would be child molesting if committed by an adult

Robert J. Boswell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-CR-1231
Criminal. Affirms 30-year sentence for Class A voluntary manslaughter.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. 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

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