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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. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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