Opinions March 31, 2011

March 31, 2011
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday:
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Sarah A. Randall and Rona C. Pepmeier, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. Rolls-Royce Corporation, et al
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Affirms District Court’s denial of motion to intervene. Also affirms denial of class certification, stating plaintiffs’ expert made several errors while alleging that base-pay differential was attributable to discrimination, among them including in the comparison employees hired after the beginning of the complaint period. States Rolls-Royce’s expert shot down plaintiffs’ claim of discrimination in base pay under Title VII by showing that once differences in the jobs performed by male and female employees in each compensation category are corrected for, the sex-correlated difference in base pay disappears.

Today’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Antonio D. Jones v. James Basinger
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Remands with instructions to grant writ of habeas petition. Reverses District Court’s affirmation that Jones was not entitled to a habeas petition, citing U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Crawford v. Washington. States that informant’s double-hearsay against Jones was used as substantive evidence to prove Jones’ guilt, violating his Sixth Amendment rights.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Thomas Dexter v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony neglect of a dependent and determination of habitual offender status, stating expert witness testimony was admissible and jury was properly instructed.

Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources v. Ronald W. Ritz and Sandra J. Ritz
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s dismissal, stating Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources’ failure to prosecute in a timely manner resulted in minimal prejudice to the Ritzes. States that Indiana courts have upheld the precept that the state of Indiana’s ownership of property is not subject to statutes of limitation, and that the DNR had a prior recorded deed of ownership for the property. Remands for further proceedings.

Anjanette L. Silvers v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s decision to revoke probation, stating trial court failed to properly advise Silvers of her right to counsel, and therefore her decision to waive that right is not valid. Remands for proceedings consistent with appeals court’s decision.

Michael B. Adams v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and court’s decision to suspend Adams’ license and registration. States sufficient evidence existed for conviction, and license and registration suspension were appropriate, pursuant to Indiana Code Section 35-48-4-15.

Kevin R. Ash v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony stalking.  

Richard Emmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to deny motion for sentence modification.

Terrance Tindall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony dealing in marijuana.

Edward Murrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms trial court’s denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Michael Vest v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to impose maximum sentence for misdemeanor conversion.

Julius Finch v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony dealing in marijuana.

Jerry W. Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony dissemination of matter harmful to a minor.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of M.W., et al.; A.C. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms trial court’s order terminating mother’s parental rights to her three children.

Perry Roberson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to revoke probation.

Emmett L. White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to revoke probation and impose sentence.

Jeffrey L. Watson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of four counts of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Joseph P. Holstead v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion for permission to file a belated notice of appeal.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources v. United Minerals Co., LLC (NFP)
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s order to vacate notice of violation. Remands to administrative law judge for review.

Roberto S. Campos v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

Paternity of B.P.; D.V. v. B.P. (NFP)
Juvenile paternity. Reverses and remands to trial court the calculation of father’s child support obligation, stating court used wrong multiplier. Affirms trial court’s denial of father’s petition regarding use of tax exemption and of initial child support determination.

Jerome Crowder v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony operating a motor vehicle while privileges are forfeited for life.

Theodore T. Schwartz v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony rape, two counts Class A felony criminal deviate conduct, Class A felony burglary, Class A felony robbery, Class B felony criminal confinement, Class D felony strangulation, and Class D felony auto theft.

Randy Deal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Timothy W. Robertson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to permit testimony stating Robertson was the robber in a surveillance video.

Indiana Tax Court has posted no opinions as of IL deadline.



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  1. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.

  2. I had a hospital and dcs caseworker falsify reports that my child was born with drugs in her system. I filed a complaint with the Indiana department of health....and they found that the hospital falsified drug screens in their investigation. Then I filed a complaint with human health services in Washington DC...dcs drug Testing is unregulated and is indicating false positives...they are currently being investigated by human health services. Then I located an attorney and signed contracts one month ago to sue dcs and Anderson community hospital. Once the suit is filed I am taking out a loan against the suit and paying a law firm to file a writ of mandamus challenging the courts jurisdiction to invoke chins case against me. I also forwarded evidence to a u.s. senator who contacted hhs to push an investigation faster. Once the lawsuit is filed local news stations will be running coverage on the situation. Easy day....people will be losing their jobs soon...and judge pancol...who has attempted to cover up what has happened will also be in trouble. The drug testing is a kids for cash and federal funding situation.

  3. (A)ll (C)riminals (L)ove (U)s is up to their old, "If it's honorable and pro-American, we're against it," nonsense. I'm not a big Pence fan but at least he's showing his patriotism which is something the left won't do.

  4. While if true this auto dealer should be held liable, where was the BMV in all of this? How is it that the dealer was able to get "clean" titles to these vehicles in order to sell them to unsuspecting consumers?

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