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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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  3. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

  4. I am one of Steele's victims and was taken for $6,000. I want my money back due to him doing nothing for me. I filed for divorce after a 16 year marriage and lost everything. My kids, my home, cars, money, pension. Every attorney I have talked to is not willing to help me. What can I do? I was told i can file a civil suit but you have to have all of Steelers info that I don't have. Of someone can please help me or tell me what info I need would be great.

  5. It would appear that news breaking on Drudge from the Hoosier state (link below) ties back to this Hoosier story from the beginning of the recent police disrespect period .... MCBA president Cassandra Bentley McNair issued the statement on behalf of the association Dec. 1. The association said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. “The MCBA does not believe this was a just outcome to this process, and is disheartened that the system we as lawyers are intended to uphold failed the African-American community in such a way,” the association stated. “This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.” http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2016/07/18/hate-cops-sign-prompts-controversy/87242664/

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