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Opinions Nov. 21, 2013

November 21, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
B.R., a Minor, by his Guardian, Teresa Todd v. State of Indiana, Indiana Department of Child Services, Morgan County Office of Department of Child Services, and Adult and Child Mental Health Center
55A05-1212-CT-639
Civil tort. Reverses grant of Adult and Child Mental Health Center’s Trial Rule 12(B)(1) motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The allegations in B.R.’s complaint, i.e. that his case manager negligently placed him with the respite therapeutic foster parents and negligently failed to inform the foster parents that B.R. was an overly active child known to run from adults and escape his home, are not directly related to any medical care B.R. received from the Health Center. Furthermore, the foster care placement was not made by a health care professional. Because B.R.’s claims sound in general negligence, his claims fall outside the Medical Malpractice Act.

Germaine Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1305-CR-396
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies robbery and criminal confinement.

Arthula Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1212-PC-664
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Jennifer K. Stevenson v. David C. Stevenson (NFP)
11A01-1304-DR-160
Domestic relation. Affirms order awarding primary physical and legal custody of two minor children to father David Stevenson.

Keith Eller, Nathaniel Hall, and Jeffrey Tatum v. City of Gary, Gary Police Civil Service Commission, and Vergie Thornton (NFP)
45A04-1212-PL-662
Civil plenary. Affirms the grant of summary judgment against Hall and Tatum and reverses the grant of summary judgment against Eller on the complaint seeking damages, declaratory judgment and injunctive relief. Determines as a matter of law that the commission violated its own rules, as well as local ordinance, when it failed to process Eller’s appeal of his exam score. The commission, however, did not violate its rules when it denied Eller’s request to review his written exam. Remands this cause to the trial court for further consideration of Eller’s complaint.

Matthew Schrock v. State of Indiana (NFP)
44A03-1302-CR-65
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class B misdemeanor reckless driving. Remands for judgment to be entered for speeding and disregarding a stop sign.

Stephanie A. Johnson v. Eric Edward Powell (NFP)
26A04-1304-DR-159
Domestic relation. Affirms custody modification awarding primary physical custody of two minor children to father Eric Edward Powell.

Andrew Lee Watts v. State of Indiana (NFP)
64A01-1208-CR-344
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in cocaine.

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

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  1. "Am I bugging you? I don't mean to bug ya." If what I wrote below is too much social philosophy for Indiana attorneys, just take ten this vacay to watch The Lego Movie with kiddies and sing along where appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etzMjoH0rJw

  2. I've got some free speech to share here about who is at work via the cat's paw of the ACLU stamping out Christian observances.... 2 Thessalonians chap 2: "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last."

  3. Did someone not tell people who have access to the Chevy Volts that it has a gas engine and will run just like a normal car? The batteries give the Volt approximately a 40 mile range, but after that the gas engine will propel the vehicle either directly through the transmission like any other car, or gas engine recharges the batteries depending on the conditions.

  4. Catholic, Lutheran, even the Baptists nuzzling the wolf! http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-documents-reveal-obama-hhs-paid-baptist-children-family-services-182129786-four-months-housing-illegal-alien-children/ YET where is the Progressivist outcry? Silent. I wonder why?

  5. Thank you, Honorable Ladies, and thank you, TIL, for this interesting interview. The most interesting question was the last one, which drew the least response. Could it be that NFP stamps are a threat to the very foundation of our common law American legal tradition, a throwback to the continental system that facilitated differing standards of justice? A throwback to Star Chamber’s protection of the landed gentry? If TIL ever again interviews this same panel, I would recommend inviting one known for voicing socio-legal dissent for the masses, maybe Welch, maybe Ogden, maybe our own John Smith? As demographics shift and our social cohesion precipitously drops, a consistent judicial core will become more and more important so that Justice and Equal Protection and Due Process are yet guiding stars. If those stars fall from our collective social horizon (and can they be seen even now through the haze of NFP opinions?) then what glue other than more NFP decisions and TRO’s and executive orders -- all backed by more and more lethally armed praetorians – will prop up our government institutions? And if and when we do arrive at such an end … will any then dare call that tyranny? Or will the cost of such dissent be too high to justify?

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