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Opinions March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Mark Siliven, et al. v. Indiana Department of Child Services, et al.
10-2701
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Affirms District Court conclusion that Terry Suttle, director of the Wayne County DCS, and case manager Amber Luedike were entitled to summary judgment on the federal claims on qualified immunity grounds, finding the constitutional rights allegedly violated were not clearly established in January 2008. Probable cause existed to remove C.S. from his father’s custody so there was no Fourth Amendment violation. The use of state action to protect C.S. from his father was reasonable.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
North Willow Operating LLC, et al. v. Stephanie Clay
49A02-1004-CT-444
Civil tort. Dismisses appeal of North Willow Operating following the denial of their motion to dismiss, demand for arbitration and to compel arbitration. North Willow failed to timely bring the appeal.

Pioneer Title v. Chanda Gartin (NFP)
29A02-1004-SC-571
Small claims. Affirms judgment in favor of Gartin in a suit following Pioneer Title's disbursement of funds that were supposed to be held in an escrow account.

Natalie Long v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1009-CR-494
Criminal. Remands with instructions to inquire into Long’s ability to pay and modify the restitution order as appropriate and to set the manner of payment.

Duncan Dillard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
37A03-1007-CR-376
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Darby L. Hape v. State of Indiana (NFP)
19A01-1009-CR-499
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for jail credit time.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. The child support award is many times what the custodial parent earns, and exceeds the actual costs of providing for the children's needs. My fiance and I have agreed that if we divorce, that the children will be provided for using a shared checking account like this one(http://www.mediate.com/articles/if_they_can_do_parenting_plans.cfm) to avoid the hidden alimony in Indiana's child support guidelines.

  2. Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

  3. Indiana up holds this behavior. the state police know they got it made.

  4. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

  5. Agreed on 4th Amendment call - that was just bad policing that resulted in dismissal for repeat offender. What kind of parent names their boy "Kriston"?

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