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Opinions May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Kristi J. Cortezano v. Salin Bank & Trust Company

United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
11-1631
Civil. Affirms District court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Salin Bank & Trust Company, holding the bank did not violate Cortezano’s rights by firing her due to her husband’s immigration status. Remands to the District Court to strike from the record the names of Cortezano’s three children, as the District Court had not previously ruled on that motion.

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 719 Pension Fund and Carpenters Pension Fund of West Virginia v. Zimmer Holdings, Inc.; David C. Dvorak; and James T. Crines
United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
No. 11-1471
Civil. Affirms District court’s determination that plaintiffs failed to prove Zimmer knowingly misrepresented information. Holds that Zimmer had issued a statement acknowledging that its Durom Cup hip socket orthopedic device was difficult to implant and that further training or revised instructions may be necessary. Therefore, the plaintiffs did not prove that Zimmer misrepresented the reason for high failure rates that one surgeon reported three months after Zimmer issued its statement.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Dante Adams v. State of Indiana
15A01-1110-MI-537
Miscellaneous. Holds that while the state failed to provide notice of forfeiture to Adams, the error was not harmful and is not reversible. Affirms the trial court’s order transferring $25,000 in cash seized from Adams to federal authorities.

Wayne A. Moorefield v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A02-1112-CR-1149
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony non-support of a dependant child.

James Pierce, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1108-CR-809
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony burglary and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Johnathon Gregg v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1111-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.

James Gerald v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1108-CR-413
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery and sentence, enhanced by a habitual offender adjudication.

Sally G. Leonard and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, as Subrogee of Sally G. Leonard v. Brandon Vickers, and Weaver Heating & Cooling, Inc. (NFP)
71A03-1110-CT-483
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s grant of motion to strike a document from evidence in favor of appellee.

Alex Gregory Robertson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A05-1109-CR-538
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

Kenneth E. Russell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
28A01-1112-CR-559
Criminal. Affirms sentence for two counts of Class B felony battery.

Cassy Henry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-921
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Brett Lyle Rork v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1110-CR-973
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Julio Chavez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-899
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and court’s order that Chavez serve remaining two years of sentence.

Monwell Douglas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A04-1107-PC-388
Post conviction. Affirms 60-year sentence for murder, holding Douglas was not subject to ineffective assistance of counsel.

Richard E. Stanbrough v. Bank of America National Assn. as Successor by Merger to LaSealle Bank National Assn., et al. (NFP)
32A01-1112-MF-577
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Bank of America National Association.

Buster Joel Toschlog v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s determination that Buster Joel Toschlog is a credit-restricted felon.
18A02-1110-CR-958

Christopher D. Richardson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1109-CR-501
Criminal. Vacates conviction of Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon, citing double jeopardy grounds. Affirms convictions for Class B felony aggravated battery and Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Joseph Jesse Clark Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A05-1108-CR-415
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass, Class A misdemeanor intimidation and two counts of Class D felony theft.

Demetrus Weems v. State of Indiana (NFP)
05A05-1109-CR-513
Criminal. Affrims conviction of and sentence for Class D felony theft.

 

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  1. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  2. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  3. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  4. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  5. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

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