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Opinions March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Supervised Estate of Evelyn Garrard; Ronald Garrard v. Debra L. Teibel and Douglas Grimmer and Debra Lindsay
45A03-1111-PL-547
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgments in favor of Teibel, Grimmer and Lindsay, holding that Garrard had waived all issues on appeal and failed to show an issue of material fact existed. The court also warned Garrard about language in pleadings that disparaged other parties to the litigation and the bench.

KOA Properties, LLC v. Laura Matheison

48A04-1207-SC-365
Small claim. Affirms the small claims court did not abuse its discretion by appointing appellate counsel for Matheison and did not err in denying KOA’s motion to set aside the default judgment. The Court of Appeals ruled the notice of the claim clearly included KOA as a party defendant and found that although KOA was not served a separate notice of the initial claim, it was provided with service reasonably calculated to inform the business that a small claims action had been filed against it.

Cheryl L. Schlimpert v. Timothy M. Schlimpert (NFP)

71A03-1206-DR-297
Domestic relations. Dismisses, concluding wife did not file a timely appeal.

Clark Sales & Service, Inc. v. John D. Smith and Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (NFP)

49A04-1208-PL-387
Civil plenary. Reverses and remands on interlocutory appeal a preliminary injunction granted to Clark’s based on terms of a non-disclosure agreement.

In the Matter of the Supervised Estate of George Lee Coon, Mark A. Coon v. Allen W. Coon, Donald L. Moster, Jr., and Beverly S. Moster (NFP)
70A01-1208-ES-384
Estate. Affirms summary judgment and concludes that evidence of a postnuptial agreement was properly admitted.

Davion Peterson v. Sandra Owen (NFP)
49A02-1207-PO-596
Protection order. Affirms Owen’s protection order.

Curtis Porter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1204-CR-191
Criminal. Affirms conviction and 40-year sentence for Class A felony child molesting.

Ivan Gonzalez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A03-1207-CR-334
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class D felony intimidation and a count of Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

Oo Aka v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1207-CR-560
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Andrew Abbott v. State of Indiana (NFP)
33A01-1201-CR-16
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony receiving stolen property, but remands to the trial court for proceedings to recalculate pretrial detention credit for time served.

Gateway West Townhouse Association, Barry J. Stern and Judy C. Stern v. Metropolitan Development Commission of Marion County v. SF Industrial Properties-Indianapolis, LLC (NFP)
49A02-1208-MI-680
Miscellaneous/zoning. Affirms trial court dismissal of a petition for judicial review of a zoning variance granted to SF Industrial.

Allen G. Parker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1206-CR-503
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder, robbery and confinement.

Jamie Farmer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A04-1208-CR-448
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class B felony dealing in a schedule II controlled substance.

Scott Rose v. J.Z. and J.Z. (Adoptive Parents) (NFP)

32A05-1207-AD-361
Adoption. Affirms trial court denial of motion to set aside adoption decree.

Benito S. Gamba, Hilda P. Gamba and Gamba Real Estate Holdings, LLC v. The Ross Group Inc./Ticor Title Insurance Co. v. The Ross Group Inc., Benito Gamba, Hilda Gamba, et al. (NFP)
45A03-1202-PL-92
Civil plenary. Reaffirms in rehearing prior ruling that the Gamba interests are liable for a construction-cost overage.

J.W.S. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1207-JV-373
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a juvenile delinquent for what would have been a Class D felony conviction of criminal gang activity if committed by an adult.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeal issued no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.

 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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