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Opinions May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Heriberto Suarez v. State of Indiana
02A05-1106-PC-325
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. The court did not err in denying his claim that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

Timothy Hammerlund v. State of Indiana
33A05-1110-CR-562
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation. The record fails to establish that Hammerlund’s wavier of counsel was anything other than knowing, intelligent and voluntary.

City of Gary and Gary Sanitation District v. Indiana Department of Environmental Management and City of Hobart
49A02-1106-MI-553
Miscellaneous. Affirms court order affirming order of the Office of Environmental Adjudication, which upheld IDEM’s decision to issue a permit to Hobart to operate a new wastewater treatment plant. IDEM’s decision was neither arbitrary nor capricious and the decision was in accordance with the law and supported by substantial evidence.

Brian Otte v. State of Indiana
84A01-1108-CR-356
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony residential entry; three counts of Class B misdemeanor battery; Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief; Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; Class B misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident resulting in damage to unattended vehicle; and the finding that Otte is a habitual offender. There was no error in the trial court’s Criminal Rule 4(D) continuance or its admission of testimony by a domestic violence expert. Judge Vaidik concurs in result in a separate opinion.

Duane Lee v. State of Indiana
49A04-1105-CR-225
Criminal. Affirms Lee’s convictions of burglary as a Class B felony, rape as a Class A felony, six counts of criminal deviate conduct as Class A felonies, robbery as a Class B felony, resisting law enforcement as a Class A misdemeanor, criminal confinement as a Class B felony, intimidation as a Class C felony, and pointing a firearm as a Class D felony. The police acted improperly in swabbing Lee’s penis and the trial court erred in allowing results of that DNA test into evidence. Other evidence presented renders the error harmless.

Dewayne Jones v. State of Indiana
49A02-1109-CR-855
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony invasion of privacy. Finds Marion County is the proper venue for the case.

Dewayne Jones v. State of Indiana
49A02-1109-CR-853
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony invasion of privacy. Finds Marion County is the proper venue for the case.

Kenneth A. Lainhart v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1105-CR-241
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class B felonies dealing in methamphetamine by manufacturing and conspiracy to deal in methamphetamine by manufacturing, Class C felony possession of a handgun with obliterated identification marks, and Class D felonies maintaining a common nuisance and dumping of a controlled substance waste.

A.B. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1112-JV-540
Juvenile. Affirms finding that A.B. is a delinquent child for committing what would be Class A misdemeanor battery if committed by an adult.

Alply Architectural Building Systems LLC, Alply, Inc., and John Peters v. Corrlines LLC and David J. Smith (NFP)
29A02-1111-CC-1032
Civil collection. Affirms denial of Alply’s motion to dismiss the breach of contract suit.

J.H. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1201-JV-25
Juvenile. Affirms placement at the Indiana Boys’ School.

Wendell E. Mardis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A04-1109-CR-481
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

Anthony Cross v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1109-CR-442
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

Brian Riley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A01-1111-CR-552
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Jermaine M. Lockett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1107-CR-376
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Trevon T. Marshall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1110-CR-522
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license.

Kenneth Keehn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A05-1106-CR-332
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in a schedule I controlled substance.

David C. Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1110-CR-516
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony burglary and Class B felonies possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Mark Alderman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
08A02-1110-CR-916
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor cruelty to an animal.

Robin Wood v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1109-CR-799
Criminal. Affirms order that Wood pay a $200 drug interdiction fee following her guilty plea to Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Roderick Ramone Wiggins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1106-CR-291
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of murder and sentence imposed.

Dean E. Overholser v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1108-CR-436
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of marijuana by cultivation.

Marvin L. Boatright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-729
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony forgery.

John F. Fyock v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1109-CR-421
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for four counts of Class B felony dealing in a schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

Michael Lee Massing v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1110-CR-602
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition to file a belated notice of appeal.

Brian Andert v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A05-1109-CR-509
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

Daniel W. Beatty v. State of Indiana (NFP)
39A05-1107-CR-339
Criminal. Affirms convictions of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class A felony; conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, a Class A felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Class B felony; possession of precursors, a Class D felony; and his adjudication as a habitual substance offender.

 

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  1. Falk said “At this point, at this minute, we’ll savor this particular victory.” “It certainly is a historic week on this front,” Cockrum said. “What a delight ... “Happy Independence Day to the women of the state of Indiana,” WOW. So we broke with England for the right to "off" our preborn progeny at will, and allow the processing plant doing the dirty deeds (dirt cheap) to profit on the marketing of those "products of conception." I was completely maleducated on our nation's founding, it would seem. (But I know the ACLU is hard at work to remedy that, too.)

  2. congratulations on such balanced journalism; I also love how fetus disposal affects women's health protection, as covered by Roe...

  3. It truly sickens me every time a case is compared to mine. The Indiana Supreme Court upheld my convictions based on a finding of “hidden threats.” The term “hidden threat” never appeared until the opinion in Brewington so I had no way of knowing I was on trial for making hidden threats because Dearborn County Prosecutor F Aaron Negangard argued the First Amendment didn't protect lies. Negangard convened a grand jury to investigate me for making “over the top” and “unsubstantiated” statements about court officials, not hidden threats of violence. My indictments and convictions were so vague, the Indiana Court of Appeals made no mention of hidden threats when they upheld my convictions. Despite my public defender’s closing arguments stating he was unsure of exactly what conduct the prosecution deemed to be unlawful, Rush found that my lawyer’s trial strategy waived my right to the fundamental error of being tried for criminal defamation because my lawyer employed a strategy that attempted to take advantage of Negangard's unconstitutional criminal defamation prosecution against me. Rush’s opinion stated the prosecution argued two grounds for conviction one constitutional and one not, however the constitutional true threat “argument” consistently of only a blanket reading of subsection 1 of the intimidation statute during closing arguments, making it impossible to build any kind of defense. Of course intent was impossible for my attorney to argue because my attorney, Rush County Chief Public Defender Bryan Barrett refused to meet with me prior to trial. The record is littered with examples of where I made my concerns known to the trial judge that I didn’t know the charges against me, I did not have access to evidence, all while my public defender refused to meet with me. Special Judge Brian Hill, from Rush Superior Court, refused to address the issue with my public defender and marched me to trial without access to evidence or an understanding of the indictments against me. Just recently the Indiana Public Access Counselor found that four over four years Judge Hill has erroneously denied access to the grand jury audio from my case, the most likely reason being the transcription of the grand jury proceedings omitted portions of the official audio record. The bottom line is any intimidation case involves an action or statement that is debatably a threat of physical violence. There were no such statements in my case. The Indiana Supreme Court took partial statements I made over a period of 41 months and literally connected them with dots… to give the appearance that the statements were made within the same timeframe and then claimed a person similarly situated would find the statements intimidating while intentionally leaving out surrounding contextual factors. Even holding the similarly situated test was to be used in my case, the prosecution argued that the only intent of my public writings was to subject the “victims” to ridicule and hatred so a similarly situated jury instruction wouldn't even have applied in my case. Chief Justice Rush wrote the opinion while Rush continued to sit on a committee with one of the alleged victims in my trial and one of the judges in my divorce, just as she'd done for the previous 7+ years. All of this information, including the recent PAC opinion against the Dearborn Superior Court II can be found on my blog www.danbrewington.blogspot.com.

  4. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  5. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

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