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Opinions May 17, 2011

May 17, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Citimortgage, Inc. v. Shannon S. Barabas, et al.
48A04-1004-CC-232
Civil collection. Affirms grant of amended default judgment in favor of ReCasa Financial Group and Rick Sanders. The trial court did not abuse its discretion when it found that Indiana Code Section 32-29-8-3 precluded Citimortgage’s claim because Citimortgage failed to intervene more than a year after it first acquired interest in the property. When Irwin Mortgage filed a petition and disclaimed its interest in the foreclosure, MERS, as mere nominee and holder of nothing more than bare legal title to the mortgage, did not have an enforceable right under the mortgage separate from the interest held by Irwin Mortgage. Judge Brown dissents.

R.P. & L.P., Alleged to be C.H.I.N.S.; N.P. v. I.D.C.S.
84A05-1010-JC-650
Juvenile. Affirms findings that the children are children in need of services. The trial court had jurisdiction even though it failed to conduct a fact-finding hearing within the 60-day statutory time limit. The Department of Child Services produced sufficient evidence to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that R.P. and L.P. are CHINS. The trial court’s findings did not violate the mother’s right to procedural due process.

Ronald E. Lewis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
87A04-1008-CR-535
Criminal. Affirms in part the denial of credit time. Reverses in part as it appears Lewis didn’t receive credit time for one day and remands to the trial court to credit him with one additional day of time served while confined awaiting sentencing for another case.  

Jill (Lambert) Fox v. Jeffrey Lambert (NFP)
32A01-1010-DR-524
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s findings of fact, conclusions of law and judgment, finding Jill Fox in contempt and extending parenting time in favor of Jeffrey Lambert.

Shonk Electric, Inc. v. Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. (NFP)
55A05-1009-CC-554
Civil collection. Affirms entry of summary judgment in favor of Siemens and award of attorney fees in favor of Siemens. Remands for the trial court to determine Siemens’ appellate attorney fees.

David H. Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1009-CR-1100
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea but mentally ill to two counts of child molesting, one as a Class A felony, one as a Class C felony.

Deborah P. Keever v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1010-CR-525
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor false informing.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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