Opinions - May 26, 2010

May 27, 2010
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Tracey Wallace and Eric Wallace v. Jonathan S. McGlothan
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney
Civil. Affirms jury verdict in favor of and damages in the amount of $700,000 to the Wallaces following their diversity suit against Dr. McGlothan. The Wallaces sued Dr. McGlothan for medical malpractice following surgery he performed on Tracey Wallace to correct her vision problems. The procedure ended up causing more harm than good.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions before IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Donald T. Shell v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms Shell’s convictions of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Class D felony possession of marijuana, Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, and two counts of Class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Also affirms sentenced of an aggregate term of 18 years.

Julie Smitson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of Smitson’s probation.

Ricky L. Rust v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Rust’s convictions of and sentences for Class D felony criminal recklessness, Class C felony battery, and Class B felony criminal confinement.

Lawrence Echols v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Echols’ convictions of and sentences for Class D felony intimidation, and Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Janyer Pinto v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Pinto’s convictions of and sentences for Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated and Class D felony resisting law enforcement.

Salvador A. Perez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Perez’ conviction of and sentence for failure to register as a sex offender, a Class D felony.

John Pemberton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Pemberton’s conviction of child molesting, a Class A felony.

Edgar Mendizabal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of Mendizabal’s petition for post-conviction relief.

Russell Ralston v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Ralston’s conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery. Reverses trial court’s order for Ralston to pay the public defender fee without determining his ability to pay and remands.

Marcos Espinosa v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Espinosa’s conviction of and sentence for Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor following his guilty plea.

Erick George Black v. Marcy Ann Black (NFP)
Civil. Reverses and remand’s trial court’s order that reduced father Erick George Black’s child support obligation, but did not modify the tax exemptions for the dependent children. Father argued he should owe no child support because he is the custodial parent, and that he should receive the tax exemptions for both children.

Anthony E. Griffin Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms Griffin’s conviction of rape, a Class B felony.

Adoption of T.L.J.; R.O. v. C.J. (NFP)
Civil. Affirms trial court’s grant of a petition to adopt T.L.J. filed by C.J. (stepmother). R.O. (mother) had appealed.

Matter of L.W. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms L.W.’s adjudication as a delinquent child for committing resisting law enforcement, which would be a Class A misdemeanor if committed by an adult.

State of Indiana v. Patrick J. Davis (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses and remands trial court’s order dismissing the state’s petition to revoke Davis’ probation. Finds it need not be established that the defendant was explicitly advised that he is prohibited from committing new offenses while on probation.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions before IL deadline.


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.