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Opinions March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
William Hurt v. State of Indiana
82A04-1006-CR-414
Criminal. Affirms Hurt’s conviction of Class C felony reckless disregard of a traffic control device in a highway workzone resulting in death, ruling that Hurt had seen the traffic controls repeatedly on his several trips through the workzone, prior to the fatal crash. Reverses Hurt’s conviction for Class C felony reckless operation of a vehicle in a highway workzone resulting in death, on double jeopardy grounds.

Timothy D. Sexton v. Donna M. (Sexton) Sedlak
49A04-1005-DR-330
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s decision to deny retroactive modification of father’s child support obligation prior to the filing date of his petition to modify, ruling the trial court did not abuse its discretion in choosing June 12, 2009, as the effective date for modification. Affirms trial court’s decision denying father’s petition for emancipation. Reverses trial court’s child support obligation of $117 per week and remands with instructiosn to determine Sexton's support obligation in light of child T.S.'s income. Judge Kirsch dissents.

Brian Calaway v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-953
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of J.M.; B.M. v. IDCS (NFP)
32A01-1008-JT-455
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms order terminating father’s parental rights.

Douglas (Sommers) Summers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1007-CR-876
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony sexual battery.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of S.W.; C.W. v. IDCS (NFP)
49A02-1007-JT-913
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms juvenile court’s order terminating mother’s parental rights.

Bronco L. Morgan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1008-CR-577
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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