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Opinions March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Juan M. Garrett v. State of Indiana
49A04-1107-PC-410
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. Because Garrett’s double jeopardy claims are without merit, he was not prejudiced by his trial and direct appeal attorneys’ failure to raise these claims.

Janet Stewart v. Richmond Community Schools
93A02-1108-EX-793
Agency appeal. Affirms final judgment of the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana affirming a single hearing member’s determination of permanent partial impairment. The board’s determination that Stewart was not permanently and totally disabled was a final award subject to appellate review. She didn’t seek appellate review, so she waived any claim of error related to the board’s decision.

Teresa Yates v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-823
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

C. Richard Marshall v. Kenneth W. Heider (NFP)
93A02-1106-EX-567
Agency appeal. Reverses order of the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana awarding $6,000 in attorney fees to Heider. Remands to the board with instructions.

Stuart Warren Lacy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1107-CR-686
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony robbery.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

 

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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