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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. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

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