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Opinions May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Digitech Computer, Inc. v. Trans-Care, Inc.
10-1525 & 10-1652
Civil. Affirms decisions on fraud and breach of contract, but vacates damages awarded and remands for a new calculation of damages and fees in accordance with opinion.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Paternity of M.W.; K.W. v. B.J.
82A05-1010-JP-639
Juvenile paternity. Reverses award of child custody to father, stating mother had been unaware a court hearing would involve custody and did not have counsel. Finds the trial court erred in denying mother’s motion for relief from judgment and remands for new hearing.

Jose Serrano-Lopez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1005-CR-294
Criminal. Affirms conviction of one count of Class A felony rape, one count of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct, and other related charges.

Maurice A. Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-PC-1005
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief petition.

Timothy Robinson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1007-CR-848
Criminal. Affirms the trial court’s ruling allowing the state to amend its charging information and reverses the court’s aggregate sentence of 66 years and remands for resentencing consistent with opinion.

Invol. Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.R. and A.M.; A.M. & B.M. v. IDCS (NFP)
79A02-1008-JT-1191
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms termination of parental rights for both parents.

Donald Fulk, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A01-1007-CR-381
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class B felony aggravated battery.

Justin Lee Cogswell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1008-CR-1043
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor battery.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.




 

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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