Opinions May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Lydia Lanni v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al.
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of the NCAA on Lanni’s negligence claim. The trial court abused its discretion when it denied Lanni’s April 20, 2012, motion for alteration of time. It effectively deprived her of a reasonable opportunity to present any material made pertinent to a Trial Rule 56 motion. Affirms denial of Lanni’s motion to strike the affidavit by the NCAA’s fencing championship manager, designated by the NCAA, that the NCAA was not involved in the fencing match where Lanni was injured.

Charles A. Walker v. State of Indiana

Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. Walker was not prejudiced by his trial counsel’s failure to request a directed verdict on the habitual offender count, and he did not receive ineffective assistance from appellate counsel.

Mark L. Jordan v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses denial of petition for relief under Post-Conviction Rule 2, seeking a belated appeal. The denial of the petition without a hearing or specific findings was an error because Jordan was without fault in failing to file a timely notice of appeal in light of his attorney’s terminal illness. Remands for further proceedings.

Gersh Zavodnik v. Brian Richards and NJGOLFMAN.COM a/k/a Savva's Golf Enterprises a/k/a PROGOLFJERSEYCITY@YAHOO.COM and Steve Panayiotov, et al.
Civil collection. Grants rehearing and reaffirms original decision in all respects. Clarifies that although Zavodnik must obtain reinstatement of his original complaints under their original cause numbers, such reinstatement could be ordered by a judge other than Judge Oakes, if Judge Oakes indeed were to recuse himself from any future attempts at reinstatement.

In Re the Matter of: D.L. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms finding that D.L. committed what would be Class A misdemeanor dangerous possession of a firearm if committed by an adult.

Mary K. Wallskog v. ACS (Affiliated Computer Services), et al. (NFP)
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Wallskog’s motion to correct error, which challenged the dismissal without prejudice of her claim against Jack Hyatte and Xerox Business Services LLC f/k/a Affiliated Computer Services.

S.R. v. R.S.Y. and T.L.Y. (NFP)

Adoption. Affirms adoption of minor by grandparents.

Heather Hill v. Daryl Hill (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms order on emancipation.

Paul Reese v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction and sentence.

In Re: The Paternity of K.S.: M.M. (Mother) v. J.S. (Father) (NFP)

Juvenile. Affirms order awarding father J.S. primary physical custody of K.S.

Freddie L. McKnight, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Dismisses McKnight’s appeal of the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief.

Tyler E. Burton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property, Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Shawn Tyler Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony criminal confinement.

Xxavier Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands to the trial court to vacate two of the three robbery convictions and sentences and resentence Jones on only one count of robbery.

Fiona C. Lee v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony neglect of a dependent.

In the Matter of the Term.of the Parent-Child Rel. of: N.S. and D.S. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of father’s parental rights.

Candace Hernton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Class C misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident not resulting in injury.

Jerry Lee Slisz v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony burglary.

Zebulan Hildebrand v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery and remands for clarification of the judgment of conviction.

Charles E. Justise, Sr. v. Marion County Jail, Indiana Dept. of Correction, Jerry Huston, Karen Richards, and Stephen Hall (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Justise’s motion for relief from judgment and dismisses the remainder of the appeal.

Thomas Dunigan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Vacates conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor battery and Class D felony domestic battery.

Coriyahvon Lamont Outlaw v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony unlawful possession of a legend drug and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: D.F. & H.D. (Minor Children), and J.D. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.