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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.
10-2757
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
10-2094
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.
10-1420
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.
33A01-1007-CT-343
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)
79A02-1008-JT-943
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

James Larkin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1007-CR-367
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)
85A04-1010-CT-611
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)
46A04-1010-PL-657
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)
58A01-1007-CR-363
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Terry Lee Krzeminski v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A03-1007-CR-390
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Sonya Barger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1007-CR-435
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. A sad end to a prolific gadfly. Indiana has suffered a great loss in the journalistic realm.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  5. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

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