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Opinions Nov. 14, 2011

November 14, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

D.E. v. State of Indiana
49A02-1103-JV-319
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a delinquent through D.E.’s plea agreement. D.E. didn’t demonstrate that the waivers in the plea agreement didn’t comport with Ind. Code 31-32-5-1. Placement of D.E. in a juvenile correction facility was not an abuse of discretion.

Clarence Oatts v. Ferguson-Watkins & Associates (NFP)
49A05-1009-CT-581
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Oatts’ former attorney on Oatts’ suit claiming the attorney didn’t provide him a copy of expenditures for work performed and hadn’t returned money paid to hire an expert.

Richard S. Samuels v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1101-PC-123
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Michelle Lynch v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1103-CR-85
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Charles Mullen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1012-PC-1415
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

A.H. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1104-JV-210
Juvenile. Affirms adjudications as a delinquent for what would be Class C felony burglary and Class D felony theft if committed by an adult.

James A. Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
40A01-1103-CR-122
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to attempted murder and kidnapping as Class A felonies and two counts of Class C felony battery.

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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