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Opinions March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Indiana Tax Court issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court

Charlie White, et. al. v. Indiana Democratic Party, through its Chairman , Daniel J. Parker
49S00-1202-MI-73
Miscellaneous. Reverses a decision by Marion Circuit Judge Lou Rosenberg, which found that Charlie White was not eligible to take office following the November 2010 election because he had improperly registered to vote at an address where he was not living. Justice Brent Dickson concurred in result, but wrote separately to say that he agreed with the election contest being dismissed because he sees the Legislature’s attempt to impose additional eligibility qualifications on candidates as unconstitutional and not a basis to contest someone’s eligibility for office.

Michael R. Kole, Joseph L. Weingarten, and Glenn J. Brown, et al. v. Scott Faultless, Daniel Henke, Eileen Pritchard, Stuart Easley, et al.
94S00-1112-CQ-692
Certifiable question. Responding to a certifiable question from Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the Supreme Court held that Indiana’s Government Modernization Act does allow a town to reorganize as a second class city wherein a city council elected at large then elects a mayor. If voters approve of referendums to that effect in November, the reorganization of the town of Fishers and Fall Creek Township may proceed as proposed.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Canon Harper v. State of Indiana
10A01-1012-CR-687
Criminal. Affirms convictions for dealing in cocaine, possession of cocaine, dealing in a narcotic drug, and possession of a narcotic drug, all Class A felonies; two counts of resisting law enforcement, battery of a law enforcement officer, and possession of paraphernalia, all Class A misdemeanors; and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony. Holds that even though Harper did not possess the contraband found in a search of a purse and hotel room, the fact that the purse was in his car and the hotel room was rented in his name was sufficient to establish constructive possession.

Ayanna Wright and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 62, Local 4009, AFL-CIO v. City of Gary, Indiana
45A04-1107-PL-362
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s determination that an arbitrator in a collective bargaining agreement dispute exceeded his powers when he determined that Wright should be placed into another job, despite a city ordinance that stated the new position was not covered by the CBA.

Irmina Gradus-Pizlo, M.D., and Select Specialty Hospital Indianapolis, Inc. v. Donald Acton
49A02-1106-CT-503
Civil tort. Reverses trial court’s denial of motion for summary judgment in favor of Acton, holding that genuine issues of material fact exist with respect to the commencement of the statute of limitations for Acton’s proposed medical malpractice complaint.

Brad A. Altevogt, et al. v. Dennis L. Brand, et al.
44A03-1106-MI-237
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants, holding the trial court did not err in rejecting the plaintiffs’ claim of title of the disputed land by public dedication because the plat did not dedicate the Indian Trail to the public, but instead indicated that the Indian Trail was for the use of the lot owners and their guests. The trial court also properly concluded that the plaintiffs had not established all of the elements of adverse possession.

T.H. b/n/f Sonja Lynetter (Walls) Fitzgerald v. Troy Hutchison (NFP)
82A01-1109-JP-438
Juvenile. Reverses trial court’s order suspending parenting time for and issuing protective order against father. Affirms court’s finding that mother was in contempt.

Susan R. May v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A05-1103-CR-178
Criminal. Affirms sentence for murder.

Charles R. Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
78A04-1110-CR-585
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance.

Ernest Wireman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
75A05-1008-CR-545
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for murder, Class A felony attempted murder and Class B felony arson.

Odonis D. Parker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1108-CR-381
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony robbery.

Shawn McDonald v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-1110-CR-529
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony possession of cocaine.

KSM, LLC v. Lighthouse Storage, LLC, Lawyers Title Ins. Corp., Inc., and Kevin and Stephen Corp. (NFP)
02A03-1106-PL-232
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of Lighthouse Storage, holding court did not abuse its discretion in ordering rescission of the purchase contract. Reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Lawyers Title on KSM’s negligent misrepresentation claim and grant of summary judgment in favor of a KSM manager on Lighthouse’s actual fraud claim. Remands for further proceedings.

John Mitchem v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1108-CR-421
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft.

Tyson Keplinger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A02-1104-PC-359
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petitions for post-conviction relief.

 

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  1. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  2. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  3. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  4. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

  5. Unlike the federal judge who refused to protect me, the Virginia State Bar gave me a hearing. After the hearing, the Virginia State Bar refused to discipline me. VSB said that attacking me with the court ADA coordinator had, " all the grace and charm of a drive-by shooting." One does wonder why the VSB was able to have a hearing and come to that conclusion, but the federal judge in Indiana slammed the door of the courthouse in my face.

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