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Opinions, May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Bloomfield State Bank v. United States of America
10-3939
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
93A02-1007-EX-853
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
45A03-1006-CR-339
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)

18A02-1010-MH-1090
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)
45A05-1008-CR-472
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony robbery.

Corey J. Kirts v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1009-CR-1092
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

Andrew Cory v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1008-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Rikki L. Vestal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1010-CR-526
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)
41A01-1010-CR-581
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal conversion.

Davy Lee Phipps v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1008-CR-970
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

J.J., et al., Alleged to be CHINS; J.W. & T.J. v. IDCS (NFP)
67A01-1011-JC-610
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. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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