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Opinions May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. John L. Norris
10-1612
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress evidence. The police officers were acting pursuant to a valid warrant and in a reasonable manner.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Patrick M. McGrath v. Linda S. McGrath
46A03-1008-DR-429
Domestic relation. Reverses valuation of certain real estate property in the decree of dissolution. The trial court abused its discretion in failing to consider the substantial change in value of the property as expressed in the 2009 appraisal report to calculate the total marital assets and distribution of the property. Remand with instructions. Judge Friedlander concurs in result.

Lenn Ivy v. State of Indiana
49A04-1010-CR-662
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to modify sentence. Ivy may not seek a modification of his sentence under the terms of his plea agreement.

Michael Dewayne Lloyd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1011-CR-1390
Criminal. Affirms imposition of previously suspended sentence as a result of work release violations.

Marc A. Bernero v. State of Indiana, et al. (NFP)
49A02-1009-PL-1082
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles on Bernero’s complaint for declaratory judgment seeking enforcement of the State Employee Appeals Commission’s order rescinding his termination.

Willie Dumes v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-910
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after license was forfeited for life and revocation of probation.

L.H. v. D.H. (NFP)
15A04-1009-DR-552
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court did not abuse its discretion when it imputed minimum wage income to both mother and father. Reverses trial court’s retroactively modifying father’s child support obligation to a date prior to the filing of his petition to modify child support. Remands for further proceedings.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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