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Opinions March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Peggy Abner and Linda Kendall v. Scott Memorial Hospital
10-2713
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Denies motion to file an oversized brief and affirms summary judgment for Scott Memorial Hospital in a suit under the False Claims Act. Finds the appeal has no merit and the appellant’s attorney flagrantly violated the word limit for the brief.

United States of America v. Styles Taylor and Keon Thomas
05-2007, 05-2008, 09-1291
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Charles R. Norgle Sr.
Criminal. Vacates Taylor and Thomas’ convictions of murder and robbery and remands for a new trial. Accepting new, unrelated reasons extending well beyond the prosecutor’s original justification for striking an African-American juror amounts to clear error under Miller-El II, and the government’s reliance on these additional reasons raises the specter of pretext.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
David Sasser v. State of Indiana
79A04-1006-CR-457
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class C felony failure to register as a convicted sex offender while having a prior conviction and remands for a new trial. The admission of evidence regarding Sasser’s prior convictions for failure to register was a fundamental error, but there is sufficient evidence supporting the conviction.

Jerrell D. White v. State of Indiana
15A01-1008-CR-463
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft and reverses conviction of Class D felony receiving stolen property for violating double jeopardy. There is insufficient evidence to support the habitual offender finding. Affirms remaining three-year sentence for theft conviction. Remands with instructions.

Thomas P. Burke v. American General Financial Services, Inc. (NFP)
29A02-1008-PL-925
Civil plenary. Affirms on interlocutory appeal the grant of a motion to appoint a receiver filed by American General Financial Services.

Joshua Murrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1005-CR-552
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of the denial of demand for trial setting and motion to transport defendant to Marion County Jail for purpose of trial preparation or competency evaluation, and motion for discharge under Indiana Criminal Rule 4(C).

James D. Imel, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
16A01-1009-CR-471
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class C felony reckless homicide.

William C. Lansford v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1004-CR-178
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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