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Opinions May 4, 2011

May 4, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Robert Eppl v. Christine DiGiacomo
45A03-1007-SC-402
Small claim. Reverses summary judgment for DiGiacomo and order that Eppl return DiGiacomo’s security deposit and pay her attorney fees. DiGiacomo’s mere delivery of the keys is not sufficient to demonstrate that Eppl actually accepted surrender of the premises and thereby released her from liability as of that date. Eppl’s itemization of damages letter was timely. Affirms determination that Eppl isn’t entitled to prevail in whole on his counterclaim for damages and remands with instructions to calculate the undisputed nail hole damage and expenses for repair of a broken light fixture to be deducted from the security deposit.

American Family Home Insurance Co. v. Rick Bonta
64A04-1008-CT-516
Civil tort. Reverses order granting a new trial in favor of Bonta. The trial court erred when it failed to make specific findings in setting aside the jury’s verdict and granting a new trial because the court concluded that the verdict was against the weight of the evidence. Also finds American Family Home Insurance has standing to bring the appeal. Remands for reinstatement of the jury’s verdict.

Jack M. Estes, II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1009-CR-657
Criminal. Affirms sentence following revocation of probation.

Thomas James Newsom v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1008-CR-473
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony conspiracy to commit murder.

Thomas D. Eckel v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1010-CR-522
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a manner endangering a person while having a prior conviction within the past five years, and Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body.

Michael Bracken v. State of Indiana (NFP)
23A05-1010-CR-667
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony methamphetamine manufacture and finding that Bracken is a habitual substance offender.

Cassandra Gardner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1010-CR-1132
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor conversion.

A.B. v. Review Board (NFP)
93A02-1009-EX-988
Civil. Affirms denial of request for unemployment benefits.

Peggy Bracken v. Marine Corp. League Joseph Bray Det. Inc. (NFP)
84A05-1009-CT-593
Civil tort. Affirms grant of summary judgment for Marine Corp. League Joseph A. Bray Detachment Inc. with respect to Bracken’s slip and fall at the premises known as Northside Bingo.

Gary C. Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A05-1007-CR-416
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

 

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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