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Opinions June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Kenneth Harper v. C.R. England, Incorporated
11-2975
U. S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Magistrate Judge Paul R. Cherry.
Civil. Affirms District Court’s determination that Harper failed to set forth a prima facie case, under either the direct or indirect method of proof, to support his claim that C.R. England had retaliated against him for reporting what he believed to be unlawful racial discrimination. Holds that his record shows excessive absences were the cause for his termination.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael A. Gargano, in his official capacity as Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, et al. v. Lee Alan Bryant Health Care Facilities, Inc., et al.
49A02-1105-PL-449
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s determination that the Family and Social Services Administration had acted unlawfully in refusing to accept applications for Residential Care Assistance Program funds after Dec. 1, 2009, holding that the agency had acted within its power to meet budget constraints. Also reverses trial court’s finding that reimbursement rates were unlawful and remands for further proceedings.

Tricia L. Sexton v. Travis Sexton
34A02-1111-DR-1059
Domestic relation. Affirms the trial court’s order of emancipation of a daughter, holding that the daughter put herself outside the care or control of her parents and was self-supporting, and that the trial court did not err in determining that she was emancipated.

Betwel Birari v. State of Indiana
49A02-1111-CR-1009
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s conviction of attempted rape as a class B felony, finding evidence presented at trial was sufficient to support the conviction and that a prosecutor’s comments did not result in fundamental error.

Kent A. Easley v. State of Indiana, Shelby County Prosecutor's Office, R. Kent Apsley, J. Brad Landwerlen, Shelby Co. Probation Dept., Deanna Holder, Shelby Co. Superior Ct One Clerk, et al. (NFP)
49A02-1109-CT-975
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s order dismissing Easley’s motion for default judgment.

William A. Wiley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1111-CR-1072
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony robbery, Class A misdemeanor criminal conversion and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Michael Kucholick v. State of Indiana (NFP)
12A02-1109-CR-907
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony criminal recklessness and Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief but reduces sentence to advisory standard of four years, with two years suspended to probation and two years to be executed in community corrections. Judge Edward Najam concurred in part and dissented in part.

Blake Clunie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
31A01-1109-PC-458
Post conviction. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to correct error in Clunie’s erroneous filing of his petition for post-conviction relief, which was filed under the original cause number instead of the post-conviction cause number.
 

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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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