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Opinions March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals
Kristine A. and Larry G. Dawson v. Fifth Third Bank
49A02-1107-PL-704
Civil plenary. Affirms order denying the Dawsons’ motion for summary judgment and granting Fifth Third Bank’s cross-motion for summary judgment on its claim for replevin. When Magish, who sold a motorcycle to the Dawsons, defaulted on his loan from Fifth Third, the bank as the secured party had the right to take possession of the motorcycle. The Dawsons’ interest in the motorcycle as its purchasers is not superior to the bank’s perfected security interest.   

D.C. v. J.A.C.
32A04-1106-DR-296
Domestic relation. Reverses order modifying custody in favor of the ex-husband and preventing mother from relocating with their minor child. Father is not entitled to appellate attorney fees, and relocation alone cannot be used as a reason to support custody modification.

Clark County Drainage Board and Clark County Board of Commissioners v. Robert Isgrigg
10A05-1102-PL-68
Civil plenary. Grants rehearing and affirms original opinion in all respects. Finds neither of Isgrigg’s assertions on rehearing are meritorious.

Carolyn Boss v. State of Indiana
49A05-1106-CR-320
Criminal. Remands with instructions to vacate Boss’ convictions and sentences for harboring a non-immunized dog as Class B misdemeanors and enter a determination that she committed harboring a non-immunized dog as Class C infractions. Affirms convictions of six counts of Class A misdemeanor failure to restrain a dog and sentence.

Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. v. James S. McCulloch, PNC Bank, N.A.
22A05-1108-CC-457
Civil collection. Affirms the trial court’s determination that Steinrock Roofing breached the contract and affirms award of damages to McCulloch in a dispute over payment for work completed. Substantial evidence was presented establishing the contractor’s work was deficient. The trial court properly concluded that the contractor had waived any claim to reduce the damage under the Home Improvement Warranties statute.

Lewis J. Richardson and Laurel Richardson v. Board of Commissioners of Owen County
60A01-1106-PL-228
Civil plenary. Affirms finding that the Richardsons lacked standing as an aggrieved party to remonstrate against the vacation of a roadway leading to a cemetery. The Richardsons are not abutting landowners to the vacated roadway and have failed to demonstrate that they have sustained an injury that is unique or special to them.

Imperial Insurance Restoration & Remodeling, Inc. v. James Costello
10A05-1109-SC-478
Small claim. Reverses order granting judgment in favor of Costello on Imperial Insurance’s claims for breach of contract. Although Imperial provided a contract to Costello that it concedes did not satisfy requirements of the Indiana Home Improvement Contracts Act, that non-compliance did not automatically render the contract void. Concludes that the contract is enforceable and should not be voided. Remands with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Imperial for $669.86 and to hold a hearing to determine contractual interest due and if attorney fees or other costs are warranted.

Bilsland, LLC, LPM Investments, LLC, Phillip D. Mervis, Louis Mervis, Henry Bilsland, Justin Bilsland, and Biosafe Engineering, LLC v. Bradley D. Crain and Richard J. Redpath (NFP)
32A01-1106-PL-266
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of an Indiana Trial Rule 12(B)(8) motion by Crain and Redpath to dismiss the appellants’ claim.

Delmar J. Kent v. State of Indiana (NFP)
39A01-1105-CR-234
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class C felony child molesting.

In Re the Paternity of: B.H. by next friend: B.C. (Father) v. D.H. (Mother) (NFP)
49A04-1106-JP-311
Juvenile. Affirms denial of father’s requests to place B.H. in a different school district and to grant him joint physical and/or legal custody.

Andrew Abbott v. State of Indiana (NFP)
33A04-1109-CR-545
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A misdemeanor trespass.

State of Indiana, Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission v. Gary Murphy and Lake County Treasurer (NFP)
45A03-1106-PL-261
Civil plenary. Affirms jury verdict of $332,172 in damages to Murphy and the Lake County Treasurer for multiple easements placed on Murphy’s property by the development commission.

J.R.T. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1110-JV-477
Juvenile. Affirms commitment to the Department of Correction.

Vicky L. Tisdial v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A05-1011-CR-728
Criminal. Reverses denial of petition requesting expungement of arrest record.

Derrick L. Myers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1106-CR-508
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Aaron Isby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1107-CR-774
Criminal. Affirms denial of Isby’s motions to compel his original trial counsel to produce all documents relating to his 1992 trial and for copies of his preliminary hearing transcript and the transcripts of three depositions taken leading up to his 1992 trial.

Gerald McKinney v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1108-CR-450
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Rondell Boyd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-725
Criminal. Affirms three convictions of Class C felony child molesting.

K.J. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and T.N.V.A.H. (NFP)
93A02-1106-EX-634
Agency appeal. Affirms denial of unemployment benefits.

DeCarlos J. Freeman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1111-CR-619
Criminal. Affirms convictions of resisting law enforcement – one as a Class D felony and one as a Class A misdemeanor – following a guilty plea.
 

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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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