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Opinions - June 8, 2010

June 9, 2010
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Mario Arita-Campos

09-2368
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Chief Judge Philip P. Simon.
Criminal. Denies motion to dismiss Arita-Campos’ 2005 indictment of re-entry after deportation in violation of 8 U.S.C. Section 1326(a). He cannot establish any of the elements required under the section to collaterally attack the deportation order underlying the offense.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Aaron D. Norman, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
69A01-0906-PC-275
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief and motion to correct error.

Andre Powell v. State of Indiana (NFP)

20A04-0909-PC-539
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Eugene L. Echols v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1001-CR-8
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony child molesting.

Dave Huckaby v. Jasper County Sheriff's Office (NFP)
37A05-0909-CV-511
Civil. Affirms grant of Jasper County Sheriff’s Office’s motion to dismiss Huckaby’s complaint pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 12(B)(6).

Lance Douglas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A01-0907-CR-337
Criminal. Vacates Douglas’ conviction of Class A felony robbery and remands with instructions to enter it as a Class B felony. Remands for the trial court to re-sentence him to 20 years, the statutory maximum for Class B felony robbery and that it’s served concurrently with his Class A felony attempted burglary conviction but consecutively with his felony murder sentence.

Christopher Hickey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
75A04-0912-CR-704
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony burglary but reverses and remands with regard to the restitution order.  

James Cashman v. The Gables at Brighton Point, HOA (NFP)

53A01-0907-CV-369
Civil. Reverses award of $89.11 to The Gables against Cashman and remands that it be vacated. Affirms all other aspects of the judgment in favor of The Gables in their suit for past dues and Cashman’s counterclaim for violating the Fair Debt Collect Act and failing to prove the validity of the disputed finance charges and late fees.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

 

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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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