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Opinions, May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion  posted after IL deadline May 20
USA v. Sidney O. Sellers
09-2516
Criminal. Vacates sentences for possession with intent to sell crack cocaine and possession of a firearm used in drug trafficking, and orders new trial for Sidney O. Sellers, stating the court failed to consider Sellers’s reasons for requesting a motion for a continuance. Remands for a new trial, including all pre-trial proceedings.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions at IL deadline

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jimmie E. Jones, Jr. v. State of Indiana
29A02-1008-CR-935
Criminal. Affirms conviction for felony murder, stating that the trial court did not err by refusing Jimmie Jones’s tendered instructions on reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter, as evidence suggests Jones knowingly and willingly killed the victim.

Stephen Robertson, et al. v. B.O., et al.
49A04-1009-CT-528
Civil tort. Reverses partial summary judgment with respect to the compensable damages in favor of appellee-plaintiff B.O., a minor, stating the trial court erred in excluding the Indiana Compensation Fund’s evidence regarding the extent of B.O.’s damages.

Willie McCain, Jr. v. State of Indiana
27A02-1009-CR-985
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s judgment of conviction for Class B felony dealing in cocaine, stating that while the court erred in prohibiting as unsubstantiated any discussion of the confidential informant’s criminal background, the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.

James Andrew Foxworthy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A05-1009-CR-583
Criminal. Reverses conviction for Class A misdemeanor domestic battery, stating the trial court abused its discretion in admitting a deputy’s testimony over the defendant’s hearsay objection.

Jack M. Estes, II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A04-1010-CR-693
Criminal. Reverses consecutive sentences for revocation of probation in Hendricks and Boone counties, and remands for imposition of concurrent sentences.

Ronald Hollin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
36A01-1008-CR-378
Criminal. Affirms convictions for Class A felony child molesting and other related counts.

Joseph Cree v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1009-PC-1008
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms order of post-conviction court’s summary denial of petition.

Johnny Baptiste v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1010-CR-616
Criminal. Reverses convictions for Class D felony auto theft and Class A misdemeanor battery; upholds conviction for Class A felony robbery, stating the robbery and auto theft convictions violate the double-jeopardy single-larceny rule and convictions for robbery violate actual-evidence test.

Donald Mallard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1006-PC-362
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief petition.

Russel F. Cowherd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1008-CR-567
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Quan Ning Huang v. Tanas B. Donev (NFP)
02A03-1012-MF-661
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirm’s grant of summary judgment and corresponding entry of decree of foreclosure in favor of Tanas B. Doney.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline
 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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