Opinions, May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Bloomfield State Bank v. United States of America
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Civil. Reverses summary judgment for the government in the bank’s suit that rent collected on a property in which the bank provided the mortgage should to the bank, not to the IRS to go toward a tax lien. The real estate that generated the rental income at issue in this case existed when the mortgage was issued and thus before the tax lien attached; the rental income was proceeds of that property, which preexisted the tax lien. Remands with directions to enter judgment for the bank.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

A.Y. v. Review Board
Civil. Reverses dismissal of A.Y.’s appeal challenging the determination she was ineligible for unemployment benefits. If A.Y. indeed called the administrative law judge’s office during the time allotted for her telephonic hearing, then she has shown good cause for reinstatement of her appeal. Remands to the review board for a finding as to whether A.Y. called the office during the time allotted for her hearing, and if so, then the review board shall reinstate her appeal.

Walter Lee Liddell v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions of rape, criminal confinement, battery, criminal deviate conduct, intimidation, sexual battery, and theft. Finds an insufficient showing of misconduct by the state to mandate exclusion of a witness, Liddell was able to depose the witness and cross-examine him, and Liddell doesn’t identify any specific, responsive measures that he was prevented from taking and that he would have pursued had the court granted a more substantial continuance.

Involuntary Commitment of J.K. (NFP)

Mental health. Affirms decision to change temporary involuntary commitment for mental health reasons to a regular commitment.

Terrell Bryant Nelson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony robbery.

Corey J. Kirts v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

Andrew Cory v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Rikki L. Vestal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Vestal serve the entirety of her suspended sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Jeffrey S. White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal conversion.

Davy Lee Phipps v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

J.J., et al., Alleged to be CHINS; J.W. & T.J. v. IDCS (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms finding that children are children in need of services.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

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