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Opinions Nov. 1, 2011

November 1, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Rose Acre Farms Inc. v. Columbia Casualty Co. and National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford
11-1599
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for the insurers on whether they have to defend Rose Acre Farms in the antitrust complaint. The suit for which Rose Acre wants a defense makes no claim that the policy could be thought to cover.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Kenny D. Lee v. State of Indiana
71A03-1103-CR-118
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A felony possession of cocaine. The portion of the warrant allowing for the search of all vehicles is invalid because of vague language, so all evidence seized pursuant to the invalid language – in this case, Lee’s statements to police after a traffic stop – must be suppressed. The evidence also doesn’t support that Lee knew of the cocaine and had the ability to control it.

P.M.T., Inc. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and L.A.
93A02-1105-EX-389
Agency appeal. Affirms award of unemployment insurance benefits to L.A. Employer P.M.T.’s attendance policy was unreasonable because it didn’t provide exemptions for verified emergencies nor did it protect employees. L.A.’s absences were the results of circumstances beyond her control.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.D., A.W.D., A.M.D., and A.L.D.; M.A.P. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
50A03-1103-JT-98
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Nexus D. Turner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1103-CR-96
Criminal. Affirms three-year sentence for Class C felony robbery.

Robert D. Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1011-CR-663
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony attempted dealing in methamphetamine. Remands for vacation of Class D felony possession of methamphetamine conviction because it was merged without being vacated.

Michael A. Maxie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1103-CR-117
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for battery on a pregnant woman as a Class C felony and Class A misdemeanor interference with reporting a crime.

Ivernon D. Wiseman, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1103-CR-83
Criminal. Affirms 16-year and eight-month sentence for Class C felony criminal confinement, Class D felony residential entry and Wiseman’s habitual offender status.

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.

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  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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