Opinions May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Jason Tye Myers v. Charles R. Deets III, Deets & Kennedy, and Great American Insurance Group
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for Edward Kennedy and the law firm on Myers’ claim for fraud against them and Deets. Myers couldn’t show that either Kennedy or the law firm was liable for Deets’ alleged fraudulent conduct. Reverses grant of Great American Insurance Group’s motion for judgment on the pleadings and remands for further proceedings. Judge Riley concurs in part and dissents in part.

Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, Inc. v. EON Properties, LLC
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of EON Properties regarding the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services’ liability under the lease agreements to pay the last two years of rent after another tenant left the premises early, but reverses regarding EON’s alleged damages. Remands for the continuation of the underlying litigation regarding damages.

Jason B. Saunders v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Saunders serve the remainder of his previously suspended sentence. Saunders waived his delay and due process argument and the trial court did not err in ordering him to serve the entirety of his suspended sentence because of a probation violation.

Philip G. Yeary v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of several motions challenging the authority and impartiality of the senior judge who presided over Yeary’s post-conviction motions.

James H. Privette v. Sherri E. Privette (Morris) (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms order James Privette pay Sherri Privette Morris an amount equal to 33 percent of certain pension payments he has received to date and that Morris is entitled to 33 percent of all future pension payments.

Richard Clark Shockley v. Tammie Anne Shockley (NFP)
Protective order. Affirms in part the issuance of a protective order against Richard Shockley for the protection of his former wife and her fiancé. Reverses the protective order as to Shockley’s teenage daughter.

Laura L. Mosier v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Department of Health (NFP)
Agency appeal. Affirms dismissal by review board of Mosier’s appeal of the decision she was discharged for just cause.

Michael D. McGee v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms order revoking home detention and order McGee serve his entire sentence in the Department of Correction.

Ryan Sheckles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for two counts of murder.

Damien Townsend v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.

Cornelio Martinez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated and determination that Martinez is a habitual controlled substance offender.

John R. Vicars v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

The Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer to 15 cases for the week ending May 25.


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.