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Opinions May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
State of Indiana ex rel. Glenn D. Commons, et al. v. The Hon. John R. Pera, et al.
45S00-1303-OR-209
Original action/judiciary. Grants in part and denies in part relief sought by relators, Lake County magistrates, who sought to prevent civil division Judge Nicholas Schiralli from transferring to the juvenile bench. The court held that Schiralli, who had not been appointed to the bench through merit selection, may not transfer without first being appointed through merit selection. The court denied the magistrates’ request that no judicial transfers be allowed without merit selection. The court denied Lake County judges’ assertion that the Lake County merit selection statute in question, I.C. 33-33-45-21(e), is unconstitutional.

Kirk B. Lynch v. State of Indiana
40S05-1301-CR-23
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s sentence of 40 years with five years suspended for attempted child molesting, a Class A felony. Finds the sentence was not inappropriate under Appellate Rule 7(B) because it exceeded the advisory sentence by 10 years.

Calvin Merida v. State of Indiana
69S01-1301-CR-24
Criminal. Affirms trial court imposition of consecutive advisory sentences for an aggregate term of 60 years for two counts of child molesting as Class A felonies. Vacated the Indiana Court of Appeal’s decision to revise the sentences under Appellate Rule 7(B), holding the sentences imposed were not inappropriate.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Ladonna A. Reck, As Personal Rep. of the Estate of Evelyn L. Holmes v. Harry Clifton Knight, M.D., Mona Siddiqui Saifullah, M.D., Community Health Network, Inc., et al. (NFP)
49A05-1208-CT-428
Civil tort/medical malpractice. Affirms denial of motion to correct error filed following dismissal of the proposed complaint after a statutorily imposed deadline passed.

Robert V. Allen v. State of Indiana (NFP)

71A03-1209-CR-408
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Rodney D. Mosby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1209-CR-469
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.
 
The Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana decisions prior to IL deadline.

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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  2. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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