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Opinions March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court
Phyllis Hardy, Alax Keith Furnish and Megan Jessica Furnish, by next friend Phyllis Hardy v. Mary Jo Hardy
51S01-1106-PL-366
Civil plenary. Holds that the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act does not preempt the equitable claims over the life insurance proceeds of Carlos Hardy and that the first wife and grandchildren are entitled to a constructive trust over at least a portion of the proceeds.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Dominique D. Woods v. State of Indiana
45A03-1107-CR-292
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery. The evidence was sufficient to support the conviction.

In Re the Adoption of M.P.S., Jr.; A.S. v. M.P.S., Sr., M.S., and An.S.

88A01-1108-AD-387
Adoption. Reverses denial of mother A.S.’s motion for relief from judgment, where she alleges fraud, duress and lack of procedural due process in the adoption of M.P.S. Jr. by the child’s grandparents. In light of the extremely irregular and – to some extent – fraudulent circumstances surrounding the adoption of M.P.S., Jr., mother has met her burden to set aside the adoption. Her consent was invalid as a matter of law. Remands to the trial court with instructions to vacate the adoption decree and to comply with Indiana Code 31-14-13-1, which vests sole legal custody of a child born out of wedlock in the biological mother.

Karl A. Kaler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A04-1108-CR-432
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony theft and adjudication as a habitual offender.

David Marzini v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1102-PC-64
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Shavaughn Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1109-PC-795
Post conviction. Affirms sentence for Class A felony dealing in cocaine, Class C felony possession of cocaine, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and adjudication as a habitual offender.

Chris Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-CR-619
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony escape and Class C misdemeanors refusal to identify and operating a vehicle having never received a license.

Jessica E. Mantooth v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1108-CR-382
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deal, Class D felony neglect of a dependent, and Class A misdemeanors possession of paraphernalia and driving while suspended.

Timothy Colby & Holly Colby v. T.H. Construction, Inc. (NFP)
45A03-1110-PL-472
Civil plenary. Affirms order and entries of judgment entered against the Colbys on their complaint for breach of contract and deception filed against T. H. Construction Inc.

Patty Garcia v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-831
Criminal. Affirms conviction of failure to ensure school attendance as a Class B misdemeanor.

Jacob Lockridge v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1104-CR-383
Criminal. Affirms conviction of two counts of Class B felony child molesting and sentence imposed.

Christopher L. Overla v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1108-CR-474
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony invasion of privacy.

Scott C. Haisley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1106-CR-568
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony child molesting.

William James Hall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A04-1107-CR-330
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony attempted rape and Class D felonies residential entry and criminal confinement.

Tamara Sue Forrester v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1108-CR-453
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

John McMahan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1109-CR-409
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

Paul Michael Kage v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A03-1108-CR-379
Criminal. Dismisses appeal that plea agreement should be set aside.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.J.; C.J. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)

79A05-1109-JT-502
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Raymond Warren v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1106-CR-325
Criminal. Affirms three convictions of child molesting as Class A felonies and one conviction of Class C felony child molesting.

Noah Thom v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1107-CR-348
Criminal. Affirms placement at the Department of Correction.

Imani Scott v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1108-CR-429
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony robbery.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of L.L., and R.L. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
20A03-1107-JT-337
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  2. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  3. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  4. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  5. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

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