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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
10-3446
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
09-3577
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
79A05-1003-CR-189
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
24A01-1009-PL-442
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
57A03-1010-CR-562
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
29A02-1008-CR-903
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)
84A01-1009-CR-491
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony stalking.  

Richard Emmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
7904-1008-CR-487
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to deny motion for sentence modification.

Terrance Tindall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-CR-855
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony dealing in marijuana.

Edward Murrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1002-PC-310
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms trial court’s denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Michael Vest v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A04-1009-CR-603
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to impose maximum sentence for misdemeanor conversion.

Julius Finch v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1008-CR-496
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony dealing in marijuana.

Jerry W. Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
87A05-1008-CR-572
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)
71A05-1009-JT-655
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)
49A04-1006-CR-389
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to revoke probation.

Emmett L. White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-867
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s decision to revoke probation and impose sentence.

Jeffrey L. Watson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A01-1008-CR-411
Criminal. Affirms convictions of four counts of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Joseph P. Holstead v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1011-CR-623
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)
26A05-1007-PL-453
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)
19A01-1008-CR-390
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

Paternity of B.P.; D.V. v. B.P. (NFP)
79A04-1007-JP-619
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)
09A02-1008-CR-852
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)
02A05-1010-CR-714
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)
49A04-1008-CR-505
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Timothy W. Robertson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1008-CR-929
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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  2. This guy sounds like the classic molester/manipulator.

  3. Louis D. Brandeis was born in 1856. At 9 years of age it would have been 1865. The Brandeis family did not own slaves. My source Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin L. Urofsky.

  4. My name is Matthew Lucas Major, I recently went through a jury trial in Bloomington , In. It was the week of Feb 19-21. Although I have been incarcerated since August 5, 2014. The reason I 'am writing to you sir is on the 21 of February the jury came in with a very excessive and wrongful verdict of guilty on 6 child molesting charges against my daughter who was 9 at the time I was accused. I also had 2 other Felonies one of Intimidation and 1 of Sexual Vicarious Gratification. Judge Marc Kellam on the second day of trial gave me a not guilty on those 2 felonies. The jury was sent out during that time and when brought back Judge Kellam told them to not concern themselves with the 2 Felonies that he ruled on them. They were told to not let evidence they had already heard influence there verdicts. I never in my life touched any child sexually and definitely not with my own daughter. When I was arrested Detective Shawn Karr told me I would be convicted guilty just on my daughters word even without evidence. That's just what happened. my public defender did me so wrong he never once proved to the court and jury all the lies the child told, and Jeremy Noel my public defender could of proven the lies easily. The stories in Serenity's depositions and Forensic interview changed and were not consistent as Prosecutor Darcie Fawcett claimed they were. Yet my attorney never mentioned that. The facts that the child accused me of full penetration in her vagina and rectum was proven lies. Doctor Roberta Hibbard of Riley hospital in Indianapolis confirmed Serenity's hymen intact, no scars, no tearing, no signs of rape to her. Yet my attorney didn't use that knowledge . the DNA was all in my favor. I tell you I will spend my entire life in prison going through rape and beatings etc. even Judge Kellam abused his authority by telling the jurors to listen and believe what the prosecutors side in evidence like my daughters testimony. In one interview with the detectives my daughter got flustered with her mom and said on camera " I'm saying what you told me to mom"!! Yet Mr. Noel said nor did anything to even resemble a defense attorney. Judge Kellam allowed edited version of a taped conversation between the child and her mother. Also Judge Kellam allowed the Prosecutor too bring in to my case a knife found under my seat, the knife wasn't part of my case. She was allowed by my attorney and the judge to put a huge picture of it on the screen and huge picture of my naked privates in a full courtroom and open court. Ms. Fawcett says to jury see how easy Mr. Major could reach the knife and cut his Childs throat. Even though I had no weapons charge against these cases. This gave the jurors prejudice thought against me thinking I threatened her with that knife and how scared she would of been knowing i could get it and kill her. On my sentencing court March 19, 2014 my public defender told Judge Kellam he wish to resign from being my attorney and wished for the court to give me outside council to file a error to trial or appeal. We were denied. Now after openly knowing my public defender don't want to represent me he has to. Well when as parents we make our kids clean a room when they really don't wish to, well the child will but don't mean she will do a good job, that's where I'm at with Mr. Noel. please dont ignore mine and my families pleas for your help . we have all the legal proof you could need to prove Im innocent. Please dont make my spend years in prison innocent when you can fix this wrong. Im not saying Im a perfect man or that I was a perfect dad to my 2 children none of us are. Ive made some bad choices in life and I paid for them. But I didnt ever touch or rape my daughter . I love my children with all my heart. And now through needing attention and a ex-wife who told my granny several times she wish she could put me in prison to get me out of their lives. Well my ex finally accomplished her goal. Sad part is she is destroying our daughter with all this horrific lies and things she taught my daughter to say. My daughter will need therapist to ever hope for a chance of a normal life after what she had done to her by her mom and their side of the family. My daughter told everyone even on stand she had a dream months before i supposedly molested her in this dream I was molesting her and when I finally did it matched her dream perfectly. She admitted to watching movies about little girls being molested and watching U-Tube videos about child molesting all before it happened supposedly to her. Doesn't that sound very unusual that a non molested 9 yr old would need to know so much about being molested? The only reason I could think a 9 year old would need so much information is to be prepared to know what to say and be able to say how it felt what took place etc.. So when questioned by authorities she would be prepared. And there again sir if a parent is pre grooming a 9 year old child she would need intimate details . Like telling her daughter about a couple moles on my private area. The child admitted to sneaking my cell and looking many many times at nudes of me and my girlfriend even one where my penis was entering my girlfriends vagina. In that picture my moles are obvious. Yet when prosecutor showed everyone in court my privates and pictures of the moles she said the only way the child would know about them is if she saw them for herself. My attorney once again said nothing about the pictures my child saw. Or could a ex-wife be able to describe my moles to help her case against getting rid of me? I beg you help me. This is my very existence. Ive lost everything , a good job, a wonderful girlfriend, my freedom, but worse thing Ive lost is my children. They were my reason to get up every morning and strive to be better. The wonderful bond I had with my Serenity is gone. After this I would be afraid to even hug her for fear of what next can they do to me. I'm not afraid to tell you I sit here in this cell and try to hold back my tears. Everyone knows you cant show weakness in prison. My life has already been threatened here at Wabash Valley Prison. After only 3 days of arrival. I was tricked into signing a waiver now Im in G Block General Population with 6 child molesting felony charges. Mrs. Hart as a 18 year old I almost died hooked to machines in hospital almost 1 month and now I know that fear was childish compared to this . I cant help but put emotions in this, after all Mrs. Hart Im human and God help Me I never been more afraid in my life. I didnt hurt my little girl I didnt touch her sexually. As much as it shreds me and fills my mind what Im facing I worry more about my mom and granny because of their great love for me mam they are suffering so deeply. I aint done this things but my loved ones suffering right along beside me and If you take my case you will be in essence freeing them also. I sent momma this letter and asked her to email it to you. I'm scared I have been done so unjustly by our legal system and I need you to fix this and give me freedom. I ask you please don't just ignore my pleas. Here in America its nice to be able to trust our legal justice system, well they destroyed my and my loved ones trust in our justice system . And I'm trusting in You !!! My entire family is suffering this nightmare with me. My 77 year old granny had a stroke and isn't doing so well. My single mother that raised 3 kids alone is dying from Lupus and since my arrest has stayed so sick and weary. Our lives torn to peices by a government I was taught I could trust in. my momma has tried so many innocent project and wrongfully accused and cant get anywhere. please please help me. A quote from the late Nelson Mandela: To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, But to live in a way that respects and enhances The Freedom Of Others. I have Faith in you and your clinic to cast my chains off and give me freedom I do deserve as a wrongfully accused Man, son, brother, father, friend. Matthew Major DOC# 246179 Cause # : 53c02-1308-FA-000779 God Bless you. Please contact me with your decision so I know you made a life changing decision for me , just please at least write me so I know you care enough about your citizens to respond to cries for your help. You can speak openly with my mother Charlotte Spain (828) 476-0406: 71 Lakeview Dr. Canton, NC 28716 Thank You Matthew Major I know yall get thousands of request and inmates claiming innocence, and each person who are innocent deserve to have organizations like yours willing to fight for them and I give yall so much Thanks and I thank God everyday yall are out there caring enough to help free the innocents. Since discovering firsthand how easily lives and families can be destroyed by Poor Defense attorneys not doing their job . And Prosecutors allowed to do as they please in court

  5. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

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