Opinions May 9, 2013

May 9, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Bonnie Moryl, as Surviving Spouse and Personal Rep. of the Estate of Richard A. Moryl, Deceased v. Carey B. Ransone, M.D.; La Porte Hospital; Dawn Forney, RN; Wanda Wakeman, RN BSBA; et al.
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for the defendants, on which the trial court determined that Bonnie Moryl’s proposed complaint for medical malpractice was not timely filed with the Indiana Department of Insurance. The trial court properly found that her complaint sent to the DOI by FedEx was filed one day late under the two-year statute of limitations.

G.H. v. State of Indiana
Juvenile. Reverses adjudication that G.H. committed what would be Class D felony criminal gang activity if committed by an adult. The state failed to prove he had a specific intent to further a gang’s criminal goals, which is necessary to sustain an adjudication.

In Re: the Paternity of M.R.; A.K. v. J.R. (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms custody modification order granting father J.R. physical custody of M.R.

Ronald L. Hoffman and Christy G. Hoffman, and Johnson Sunnybrook Farm, LLC, an Indiana Limited Liability Co. v. Lake Co. Indiana, a unit of government, its County Council, et al. (NFP)

Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for Singleton Stone as the opposed landowners to the rezoning had no standing to challenge the rezoning.

Bradley Ryan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder and Class A felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Eldon E. Harmon v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms 16-year sentence for Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

James Q. Bryant v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Carmell D. Nelson v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony attempted murder and Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Mark A. Centofante v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

Demetrick Cameron v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation for failure to pay child support.

Deborah Chandler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Chandler serve 10 years of her 16-year suspended sentence in the Department of Correction.

LP XXIV, LLC d/b/a Las Palmas Apartment Homes and SLS Management, Inc. v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company and Carl Long (NFP)

Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Las Palmas’ and SLS’s motion for summary judgment on the issue of agency.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no decisions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.


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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues