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Opinions Nov. 19, 2013

November 19, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Gersh Zavodnik v. Michela Rinaldi, et al
49S05-1311-CT-759
Civil tort. Reverses order of dismissal and remands to the trial court for further proceedings without prejudice to dismissal under Trial Rule 41(E) if warranted after further consideration.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Anthony Scott Bratcher v. State of Indiana 
90A02-1301-CR-3
http://media.ibj.com/Lawyer/websites/opinions/index.php?pdf=2013/november/11191302rrp.pdf
Criminal. Affirms 15-year executed sentence for conviction of Class B felony child molesting, finding that the sentence was not a maximum, since five years of the 20-year term was suspended to probation, and the sentence was not inappropriate. The majority also affirmed a condition of probation restricting Bratcher’s contact with children, but Judge Terry Crone dissented on that issue, finding the condition was unconstitutionally vague.

Fawn McDonald-Woolridge v. Jacob Woolridge (NFP)
53A01-1204-DR-593
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s admitting evidence and finding McDonald-Woolridge in contempt. Remands for trial court to revise order allowing the supervising agency to determine when the father’s parenting time would become unsupervised. Also remands for trial court to re-evaluate make-up parenting time and who should best pay for supervised parenting time.

Lindsey J. Barger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A05-1303-CR-136
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor battery.

Laray Carter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1304-CR-127
Criminal. Affirms conviction for arson, a Class B felony, and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Morgan Govan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1302-PC-91
Post conviction. Affirms denial of Govan’s petition for post-conviction relief.

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

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

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