Opinions March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
In Re: Gerald W. Davis Jr.; Linda Reeves v. Gerald W. Davis Jr.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.
Civil. Affirms District Court’s affirmation of the bankruptcy court ruling that Davis’ debt owed to Reeves was dischargeable. There was no finding of fraudulent intent on Davis’ part, as is required for the application of 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(2) to prevent Davis’ debt to Reeves from being dischargeable. The decision in United States v. Childs forecloses a challenge to the reasonableness of the traffic stop.

United States of America v. Willie McBride a/k/a William Reo Davis
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress following a traffic stop. The police officer did not violate McBride’s rights under the Fourth Amendment by detaining him beyond the time needed to complete the traffic stop.

Rex M. Joseph Jr., trustee of the bankruptcy estate of Timothy Wardrop v. Elan Motorsports Technologies Racing Corp.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Civil. Reverses decision of District Court to not allow an amended complaint naming Elan Inc., not Elan Motorsports Technology Racing Corp., as the defendant with relation back to the date of the original complaint filed by Wardrop. On remand, the judge will have to decide whether the difference in the amended complaint as compared to the original warrants rejection of it.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Phillip Forman, et al. v. Western Reserve Mutual Casualty Company, et al.
Civil tort. Grants rehearing after trial court certified case for interlocutory appeal. Affirms summary judgment for Western Reserve Mutual Casualty Co. on the issue of whether it has a duty to defend Wayne Penn, Lisa Orr, and Bradley Orr in a suit filed by Forman after he was injured after taking some of Lisa’s prescribed methadone. The language of the policy is clear that Forman’s injury is excluded from liability coverage.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of C.D. and K.D.; R.D. v. IDCS (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

James Larkin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms aggregate sentence of 60 years, reverses the order that Larkin serve all 60 years as executed time in the Department of Correction and remands with instructions to issue an amended sentencing order and any other documents or chronological case summary entries necessary to impose a total sentence of 60 years with 50 years executed and 10 years suspended to probation. Judge Riley dissents.

City of Peru, et al. v. Matthew and Tracy Lewis (NFP)
Civil tort. Reverses denial of the City of Peru and other defendants’ motion for summary judgment regarding a negligence action brought by the Lewises. Remands with instructions to enter summary judgment in favor of the city defendants.

Teri and Robert Steinborn v. LaPorte County Board of Zoning Appeals, et al. (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court ruling affirming the decision of the LaPorte County Board of Zoning Appeals that granted a special exception to Horvath Towers.

Donald King v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Terry Lee Krzeminski v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Sonya Barger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.