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Opinions May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Andrew C. Kesling, individually and as Trustee of the Andrew C. Kesling Trust v. Peter C. Kesling, et al.
45A03-1106-PL-271
Civil plenary. Reverses judgment in favor of father Peter Kesling that found he was entitled to rescission of stock purchase agreements entered into on June 25, 2004. Finds that Andrew Kesling’s trust declaration did not deprive him status as a shareholder and that he was a shareholder when he entered into the purchase agreements with Peter Kesling. Remands for the court to rule on the claims raised by Andrew Kesling’s siblings.

Leondre Woodson v. State of Indiana
53A01-1109-PC-466
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief in which Woodson claimed he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Woodson failed to establish that police detention of him until they obtained consent to search the rental car was unreasonable under Article I, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution, so he didn’t establish that his trial counsel’s failure to preserve this issue for appeal prejudiced him. He also failed to establish that his consent to search the car was invalid.

Todd Edward Lang v. Jessica Lynn Lang (NFP)
17A03-1109-DR-436
Domestic relation. Affirms decision to award custody of the minor children to Jessica Lang and to order the parties to equally share the expense of the custody evaluation.

Eric R. Jeter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1109-CR-429
Criminal. Affirms sentence for two convictions of Class C felony robbery and one count of Class D felony theft.

Marcie L. Grant v. State of Indiana (NFP)
13A01-1109-PC-422
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Ronnie Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
17A04-1108-CR-444
Criminal. Affirms sentence for murder, Class A felony attempted murder, and Class C felony criminal recklessness.
 

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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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