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Opinions March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Frontier Insurance Company v. J. Roe Hitchcock, Timothy S. Durham and Terry G. Whitesell
11-3510
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Affirms order the guarantors Hitchcock, Durham and Whitesell deposit with the clerk more than $1.5 million regarding a surety bond issued by Frontier Insurance. The guarantors must keep their promise to post collateral on Frontier’s demand.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Judy Chang v. Purdue University, The Trustees of Purdue University; Dr. France A. Cordova, President of Purdue University (in her official capacity); et al.
02A03-1206-PL-272
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Chang’s motion for summary judgment and her motion for directed verdict after she was dismissed from the nursing program, as well as the grant of summary judgment for Purdue University and other defendants on certain charges and the jury verdict against Chang.  She failed to designate evidence that the nursing department’s decision to dismiss her was arbitrary, capricious or made in bad faith, and the evidence sufficiently supported the jury’s verdict against her regarding the breach of contract claims.

Derek F. Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
14A01-1205-CR-201
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction and sentence.

Alyse McGlaughlin and Connie Kleiner v. Jennifer M. McGlaughlin, State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co., and Roger McGlaughlin (NFP)
49A02-1208-PL-677
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of a motion to correct error following the grant of summary judgment in favor of State Farm after the court reasoned that State Farm was entitled to complete set-off of any payment it would have owed to the appellants under the uninsured motorist endorsement they had purchased from State Farm because Alyse McGlaughlin settled with a third-party’s insurer for an amount equal to the UM endorsement’s policy limits.

First Financial Bank, National Assn., Hamilton, Ohio, as Successor in Interest to Federal Deposit Ins. Corp., Receiver of Irwin Union Bank and Trust Co. v. Fred L. Paris and Michelle S. Paris (NFP)
41A05-1209-MF-474
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses order denying First Financial’s motion for summary judgment on its claims against the Parises and remands for further proceedings.

Jeremy L. Musall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
61A01-1208-CR-371
Criminal. Affirms sentence for murder, felony murder, two counts of Class A felonies burglary and rape, and one count of Class A felony kidnapping.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.

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  1. My daughter was taken from my home at the end of June/2014. I said I would sign the safety plan but my husband would not. My husband said he would leave the house so my daughter could stay with me but the case worker said no her mind is made up she is taking my daughter. My daughter went to a friends and then the friend filed a restraining order which she was told by dcs if she did not then they would take my daughter away from her. The restraining order was not in effect until we were to go to court. Eventually it was dropped but for 2 months DCS refused to allow me to have any contact and was using the restraining order as the reason but it was not in effect. This was Dcs violating my rights. Please help me I don't have the money for an attorney. Can anyone take this case Pro Bono?

  2. If justice is not found in a court room, it's time to clean house!!! Even judges are accountable to a higher Judge!!!

  3. The small claims system, based on my recent and current usage of it, is not exactly a shining example of justice prevailing. The system appears slow and clunky and people involved seem uninterested in actually serving justice within a reasonable time frame. Any improvement in accountability and performance would gain a vote from me. Speaking of voting, what do the people know about judges and justice from the bench perspective. I think they have a tendency to "vote" for judges based on party affiliation or name coolness factor (like Stoner, for example!). I don't know what to do in my current situation other than grin and bear it, but my case is an example of things working neither smoothly, effectively nor expeditiously. After this experience I'd pay more to have the higher courts hear the case -- if I had the money. Oh the conundrum.

  4. My dear Smith, I was beginning to fear, from your absense, that some Obrien of the Nanny State had you in Room 101. So glad to see you back and speaking truth to power, old chum.

  5. here is one from Reason magazine. these are not my words, but they are legitimate concerns. http://reason.com/blog/2010/03/03/fearmongering-at-the-splc quote: "The Southern Poverty Law Center, which would paint a box of Wheaties as an extremist threat if it thought that would help it raise funds, has issued a new "intelligence report" announcing that "an astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009, with the totals going from 149 groups (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) -- a 244% jump." To illustrate how dangerous these groups are, the Center cites some recent arrests of right-wing figures for planning or carrying out violent attacks. But it doesn't demonstrate that any of the arrestees were a part of the Patriot milieu, and indeed it includes some cases involving racist skinheads, who are another movement entirely. As far as the SPLC is concerned, though, skinheads and Birchers and Glenn Beck fans are all tied together in one big ball of scary. The group delights in finding tenuous ties between the tendencies it tracks, then describing its discoveries in as ominous a tone as possible." --- I wonder if all the republicans that belong to the ISBA would like to know who and why this outfit was called upon to receive such accolades. I remember when they were off calling Trent Lott a bigot too. Preposterous that this man was brought to an overwhelmingly republican state to speak. This is a nakedly partisan institution and it was a seriously bad choice.

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