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Opinions Nov. 14, 2013

November 14, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Darliss Wert and Gary Wert v. Meridian Security Insurance Company
15A01-1306-CT-252
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of the insurance company on the Werts’ underinsured-motorist claim. Provisions in the insurance contract, when read together, make it unclear when the Werts should have filed a lawsuit to preserve their claim and may completely foreclose their ability to file a lawsuit.

The Novogroder Companies, Inc., v. Michael J. Massaro

45A03-1303-PL-98
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of injunctive relief to Novogroder Companies on its efforts to enjoin Massaro from cooking foods at the leased premises. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to grant preliminary injunctive relief to abate a nuisance.  

Donald Warren v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1301-CR-16
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Christopher Roberts v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1304-CR-199
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of G.H., (Minor Child) and D.H.(Father) v. Marion County Department of Child Services, Child Advocates, Inc. (NFP)

49A02-1303-JT-284
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

In Re the Matter of D.H., J.H., A.H., N.H., P.H., S.H., D.H., J.H., and D.H.; Children Alleged to be Children in Need of Services, T.H. (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
49A02-1304-JC-334
Juvenile. Affirms determination the children are children in need of services.

Louis Shepherd, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
06A01-1304-CR-169
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct and sentence. Remands with instructions to correct the judgment of conviction such that it does not reflect a conviction on the Class D felony criminal confinement charge due to double jeopardy issues.  

Randy Terrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A04-1303-CR-147
Criminal. Affirms sentence following convictions of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine, two counts of Class B felony burglary, and Class D felonies possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of theft.

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

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  3. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

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  5. It would appear that news breaking on Drudge from the Hoosier state (link below) ties back to this Hoosier story from the beginning of the recent police disrespect period .... MCBA president Cassandra Bentley McNair issued the statement on behalf of the association Dec. 1. The association said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. “The MCBA does not believe this was a just outcome to this process, and is disheartened that the system we as lawyers are intended to uphold failed the African-American community in such a way,” the association stated. “This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.” http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2016/07/18/hate-cops-sign-prompts-controversy/87242664/

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