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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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  1. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

  2. I'm not sure what's more depressing: the fact that people would pay $35,000 per year to attend an unaccredited law school, or the fact that the same people "are hanging in there and willing to follow the dean’s lead in going forward" after the same school fails to gain accreditation, rendering their $70,000 and counting education worthless. Maybe it's a good thing these people can't sit for the bar.

  3. Such is not uncommon on law school startups. Students and faculty should tap Bruce Green, city attorney of Lufkin, Texas. He led a group of studnets and faculty and sued the ABA as a law student. He knows the ropes, has advised other law school startups. Very astute and principled attorney of unpopular clients, at least in his past, before Lufkin tapped him to run their show.

  4. Not that having the appellate records on Odyssey won't be welcome or useful, but I would rather they first bring in the stray counties that aren't yet connected on the trial court level.

  5. Aristotle said 350 bc: "The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of an modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural.

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