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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. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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