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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. Someone off their meds? C'mon John, it is called the politics of Empire. Get with the program, will ya? How can we build one world under secularist ideals without breaking a few eggs? Of course, once it is fully built, is the American public who will feel the deadly grip of the velvet glove. One cannot lay down with dogs without getting fleas. The cup of wrath is nearly full, John Smith, nearly full. Oops, there I go, almost sounding as alarmist as Smith. Guess he and I both need to listen to this again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ65J02XA

  2. Charles Rice was one of the greatest of the so-called great generation in America. I was privileged to count him among my mentors. He stood firm for Christ and Christ's Church in the Spirit of Thomas More, always quick to be a good servant of the King, but always God's first. I had Rice come speak to 700 in Fort Wayne as Obama took office. Rice was concerned that this rise of aggressive secularism and militant Islam were dual threats to Christendom,er, please forgive, I meant to say "Western Civilization". RIP Charlie. You are safe at home.

  3. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  4. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  5. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

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