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Opinions March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Kelly S. Thomas v. Dushan Zatecky, superintendent, Pendleton Correctional Facility
13-1136
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Denies Thomas’ request that he be allowed collateral relief to file appeals without regard to the fees required by Section 1913 and the resolutions of the Judicial Conference. Gives Thomas 21 days to file in the 7th Circuit a motion for permission to proceed in forma pauperis and a certificate of appealability. Failure to meet this schedule will result in dismissal for failure to prosecute.

Indiana Supreme Court
Brandy L. Walczak, Individually and on Behalf of Those Similarly Situated v. Labor Works - Fort Wayne LLC, d/b/a Labor Works
02S04-1208-PL-497
Civil plenary. Concludes that Walczak had a reasonable expectation of continuing to receive job assignments from Labor Works on the day she filed her claim, and holds that she was not separated from the payroll for the purpose of the Wage Claims Act and may proceed with her claims as she filed it under the Wage Payment Act.

Indiana Court of Appeals
N.O. v. State of Indiana (NFP)

71A03-1209-JV-409
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a delinquent child for committing what would be Class B misdemeanor battery if committed by an adult.

Michael A. Combs v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1209-CR-393
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for three counts of Class B felony neglect of a dependent, Class A felony child molesting and Class D felony battery.

Troy Farris v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A04-1207-CR-372
Criminal. Affirms 180-day sentence imposed following probation violation.

Sedrick J. Grandberry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1209-CR-410
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony criminal trespass.

Tyler Becker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1203-CR-124
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated.

Joshua D. Huff v. State of Indiana (NFP)

06A01-1208-CR-396
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.

Benjamin Mentink v. Karen Downing (NFP)

45A03-1207-PO-332
Protective order. Affirms issuance of protective order against Mentink.

Victoria Anderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1207-CR-603
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.

J.A.H. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1210-JV-541
Juvenile. Affirms order committing J.A.H. to the Indiana Department of Correction.

Lavern Baltimore v. State of Indiana (NFP)

22A04-1112-PC-652
Post conviction. Reverses denial of petition for post-conviction relief and remands for further proceedings.

Bruce Anderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A05-1209-CR-482
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury.

Pat Fleming and Bob Steffan d/b/a Dr. Bob's RV Service v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. and Gemb Lending, Inc. (NFP)
45A03-1206-PL-249
Civil plenary. Reverses dismissal of complaint to foreclose upon mechanic’s liens and remands for additional proceedings.

The Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline.

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  1. 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.

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

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

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  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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