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Opinions June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had issued no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Keith D. Jackson v. State of Indiana
20A03-1105-CR-222
Criminal. Reverses sentence for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and remands for resentencing, holding the trial court erred by imposing a suspended sentence of four years contrary to the accepted plea agreement.

W.D., a minor by his parents R.D. and S.D., and R.D. and S.D., individually v. City of Nappanee
20A05-1112-CT-698
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s summary judgment in favor of city of Nappanee, holding that there was no breach of duty of care on the city’s part when a child was found floating face-down in a public pool and rescued by lifeguards who resuscitated him.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: D.W., K.K., Ke.K., & L.W.; and J.K. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services
85A05-1109-JT-591
Juvenile. Affirms trial court’s termination of father’s parental rights to his four minor children, holding that the trial court’s findings supported the conclusion that the conditions causing the children’s removal from their father’s home will not be remedied.

Teri Woenkhaus v. David Woenkhaus (NFP)
34A02-1111-DR-1041
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s property division order in dissolution of marriage, but remands for the court to award the parties’ income tax refunds to the wife.

Eric Liscomb v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-715
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for felony murder, Class B felony robbery, Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license and Class C felony conspiracy to commit robbery.

Robert Johnson, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-712
Criminal. Affirms convictions of felony murder and Class B felony robbery.

M. Loren Fugate v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A04-1110-CR-529
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and home detention and the order that Fugate serve the remainder of his sentence in the Department of Correction.

Frank E. Puzynski v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A05-1111-CR-590
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class C felony operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life.

Jermaine Young v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1109-PC-881
Post conviction. Remands with instructions to vacate Young’s conviction of Class C felony possession of cocaine, holding that his attorney’s failure to raise the issue of double jeopardy constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel. Affirms the court in all other respects.

Mark Van Eaton and Cynthia Van Eaton Vallimont v. German American Bancorp (NFP)
42A01-1108-MF-434
Mortgage foreclosure. Remands for the court to amend receivership order.

Faye E. Warfield v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and IDWD U.I. Claims Adjudication (NFP)
93A02-1110-EX-915
Miscellaneous. Affirms Indiana Department of Workforce Development Review Board’s dismissal of Warfield’s appeal.

 

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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