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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. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

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