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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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  1. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  2. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  3. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  4. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  5. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

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