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Opinions March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Charles Meriwether v. State of Indiana
49A02-1208-CR-676
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Class D felony possession of paraphernalia. The trial court did not commit fundamental error when it admitted Meriwether’s statement into evidence because he was not in custody when he made it.
 
State Farm Insurance Company v. Thomas A. Young and Mary E. Young, Joel P. Genth and Philip K. Genth, INGENIX
92A05-1205-CT-258
Civil tort. Affirms order reducing the subrogation lien that State Farm Insurance Co. held against Thomas and Mary Young. To allow State Farm to recover the full value of its subrogation lien under a policy taken out by the Youngs, when State Farm did not pay the full value of the Youngs’ claim under a policy taken out by the Genths, would unjustly enrich State Farm.

Matthew Bryant v. State of Indiana

03A04-1205-CR-283
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class B felony aggravated battery and finding Bryant is a habitual offender. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting certain evidence, the evidence supports his conviction and his sentence is appropriate.

NIPSCO Industrial Group v. Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (NFP)
93A02-1205-EX-436
Agency action. Affirms denial of NIPSCO Industrial Group's petition for reconsideration regarding the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s final order that set the allocation method for NIPSCO’s Environmental Cost Recovery Mechanism and Environmental Expense Recovery Mechanism factors for a Qualified Pollution Control Property under construction.

Joshua Gaunt v. State of Indiana (NFP)

02A03-1204-CR-195
Criminal. Affirms four-year sentence for Class C felony corrupt business influence.

D.P. v. M.Y. (NFP)
71A03-1209-JP-384
Juvenile. Affirms order denying father’s petition to modify custody.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: D.C., M.H., A.J., D.J., & J.J. (Minor Children), and M.H. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A05-1207-JT-342
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

MJB Lawn Care v. Tower Cleaning Systems, Inc. (NFP)
64A04-1207-CT-341
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Tower Cleaning Systems on its request for indemnification pursuant to its contract with MJB Lawn Care.

Mahoganee K. Edmond v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1206-CR-281
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony aggravated battery, Class C felony battery with a deadly weapon and Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness.

Kentuckiana Trench Shoring, LLC v. National Water Service, LLC (NFP)
59A05-1206-PL-315
Civil plenary. Reverses judgment in favor of National Water Service for breach of contract.

Kimberly R. Goff (Miller) v. Larry Goff (NFP)
49A04-1205-DR-277
Domestic relation. Affirms order regarding the amount Kimberly Goff Miller was due from her ex-husband as part of their 1997 divorce order.

Samuel G. Dykstra and Michelle L. Bahus v. The City of Hammond (NFP)
45A03-1206-PL-287
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of the city of Hammond regarding ordinances regulating firearms.

Tyrone Frazier v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1201-PC-11
Post conviction. Affirms denial of successive petition for post-conviction relief.

Christopher Whirl v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1206-CR-516
Criminal. Affirms in part and reverses in part the three robbery convictions and remands with instructions to vacate two of them and resentence Whirl on one count of robbery. Also orders the trial court to enter judgments of conviction and sentences on Class B criminal confinement felonies.

State of Indiana v. Mark M. Hairston (NFP)

02A04-1209-PC-476
Post conviction. Reverses vacation of habitual offender finding.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of J.B., Minor Child, and Her Mother, A.B.: A.B. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)

79A02-1209-JT-764
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. He called our nation a nation of cowards because we didn't want to talk about race. That was a cheap shot coming from the top cop. The man who decides who gets the federal government indicts. Wow. Not a gentleman if that is the measure. More importantly, this insult delivered as we all understand, to white people-- without him or anybody needing to explain that is precisely what he meant-- but this is an insult to timid white persons who fear the government and don't want to say anything about race for fear of being accused a racist. With all the legal heat that can come down on somebody if they say something which can be construed by a prosecutor like Mr Holder as racist, is it any wonder white people-- that's who he meant obviously-- is there any surprise that white people don't want to talk about race? And as lawyers we have even less freedom lest our remarks be considered violations of the rules. Mr Holder also demonstrated his bias by publically visiting with the family of the young man who was killed by a police offering in the line of duty, which was a very strong indicator of bias agains the offer who is under investigation, and was a failure to lead properly by letting his investigators do their job without him predetermining the proper outcome. He also has potentially biased the jury pool. All in all this worsens race relations by feeding into the perception shared by whites as well as blacks that justice will not be impartial. I will say this much, I do not blame Obama for all of HOlder's missteps. Obama has done a lot of things to stay above the fray and try and be a leader for all Americans. Maybe he should have reigned Holder in some but Obama's got his hands full with other problelms. Oh did I mention HOlder is a bank crony who will probably get a job in a silkstocking law firm working for millions of bucks a year defending bankers whom he didn't have the integrity or courage to hold to account for their acts of fraud on the United States, other financial institutions, and the people. His tenure will be regarded by history as a failure of leadership at one of the most important jobs in our nation. Finally and most importantly besides him insulting the public and letting off the big financial cheats, he has been at the forefront of over-prosecuting the secrecy laws to punish whistleblowers and chill free speech. What has Holder done to vindicate the rights of privacy of the American public against the illegal snooping of the NSA? He could have charged NSA personnel with violations of law for their warrantless wiretapping which has been done millions of times and instead he did not persecute a single soul. That is a defalcation of historical proportions and it signals to the public that the government DOJ under him was not willing to do a damn thing to protect the public against the rapid growth of the illegal surveillance state. Who else could have done this? Nobody. And for that omission Obama deserves the blame too. Here were are sliding into a police state and Eric Holder made it go all the faster.

  2. JOE CLAYPOOL candidate for Superior Court in Harrison County - Indiana This candidate is misleading voters to think he is a Judge by putting Elect Judge Joe Claypool on his campaign literature. paragraphs 2 and 9 below clearly indicate this injustice to voting public to gain employment. What can we do? Indiana Code - Section 35-43-5-3: Deception (a) A person who: (1) being an officer, manager, or other person participating in the direction of a credit institution, knowingly or intentionally receives or permits the receipt of a deposit or other investment, knowing that the institution is insolvent; (2) knowingly or intentionally makes a false or misleading written statement with intent to obtain property, employment, or an educational opportunity; (3) misapplies entrusted property, property of a governmental entity, or property of a credit institution in a manner that the person knows is unlawful or that the person knows involves substantial risk of loss or detriment to either the owner of the property or to a person for whose benefit the property was entrusted; (4) knowingly or intentionally, in the regular course of business, either: (A) uses or possesses for use a false weight or measure or other device for falsely determining or recording the quality or quantity of any commodity; or (B) sells, offers, or displays for sale or delivers less than the represented quality or quantity of any commodity; (5) with intent to defraud another person furnishing electricity, gas, water, telecommunication, or any other utility service, avoids a lawful charge for that service by scheme or device or by tampering with facilities or equipment of the person furnishing the service; (6) with intent to defraud, misrepresents the identity of the person or another person or the identity or quality of property; (7) with intent to defraud an owner of a coin machine, deposits a slug in that machine; (8) with intent to enable the person or another person to deposit a slug in a coin machine, makes, possesses, or disposes of a slug; (9) disseminates to the public an advertisement that the person knows is false, misleading, or deceptive, with intent to promote the purchase or sale of property or the acceptance of employment;

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  5. 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

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