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Opinions March 21, 2011

March 21, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Darryl Harris v. United Water Services, Inc.
93A02-1010-EX-1164
Civil. Reverses the decision by the Full Worker’s Compensation Board affirming the grant of United Water’s motion to dismiss. Harris’ deposition testimony doesn’t support the board’s finding that he admitted that his condition stemmed from a single incident and the board applied the wrong burden of proof. Remands for further proceedings.

Larry Bowyer v. Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
09A05-0912-CV-740
Civil. Affirms order granting permanent mandatory injunction and damages in favor of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which said that Bowyer must remove the fill he placed in the lake and restore it to as close to its natural condition as possible. The trial court did not err in its application or construction of Indiana Code Section 14-26-2-6, and the order’s findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment were not clearly erroneous.

Stephen B. Reeves v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1006-PC-324
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Nicole Cooper v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1004-CR-506
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following revocation of probation.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.K. Jr., et al.; A.K. Sr. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
27A02-1009-JT-1004
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Jeremy Knoy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1004-CR-431
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for felony murder.

Christopher Rondeau v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-CR-694
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Bruce E. Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1007-CR-435
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony dealing in marijuana.

Shawn Hattery v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A03-1002-CR-62
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class D felonies obstruction of justice, theft, criminal confinement, and sexual battery; Class A felonies burglary, attempted criminal deviate conduct, two counts of criminal deviate conduct, and three counts of rape; and Class C felony battery.

Terry Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-PC-747
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Mauricio Carvajal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A05-1007-CR-463
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea.

Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Doris Beard (NFP)
45A04-1009-SC-529
Small claims. Reverses denial of Carnival’s motion to dismiss Beard’s claim.

Evan Sapp v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1006-CR-330
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony theft.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court granted one transfer and denied 23 for the week ending March 18.
 

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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