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Opinions Nov. 22, 2011

November 22, 2011
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The following Indiana Tax Court opinions were posted after IL deadline Monday:
Estate of Christine L. Neterer, Deceased; Deborah Pollock and Marilyn Humbarger, Co-Personal Representatives v. Indiana Dept. of State Revenue
49T10-1006-TA-26
Tax. Affirms probate court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Indiana Department of Revenue, holding that Neterer is not entitled to a refund of estate tax, because she was unable to prove that she was entitled to a 30 percent discount, and that the Value of Decedent’s Interest in Real Estate was unverified, unsigned, prepared by an anonymous person and failed to disclose how the 30 percent discount was calculated.

Gordon A. Etzler v. Indiana Dept. of State Revenue

45T10-1105-TA-38
Tax. Dismisses appeal on the grounds that the Tax Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction, holding that Etzler’s complaint is not about Indiana’s tax laws, but rather about a collection matter arising from a final judgment against Dodson in Marshall Circuit Court.

Today’s opinions:

7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court
Lisa Gray v. State of Indiana

82S01-1106-CR-328
Criminal. Reinstates trial court’s guilty verdict on Gray’s charge of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, rejecting the argument that insufficient evidence existed to support her conviction. Holds that the word of two police officers held more influence with the trial court than the testimony of Gray’s son, whom Gray appeared to be coaching during trial about how to answer questions.

Indiana Court of Appeals
DeGood Dimensional Concepts, Inc. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development (NFP)
93A02-1104-EX-390
Miscellaneous. Affirms Indiana Department of Workforce Development Review Board’s finding that substantial evidence exists to support the argument that DeGood Dimensional Concepts failed to prove that employee John Wilder violated a reasonable and uniformly enforced attendance rule. Reverses board and administrative law judge’s conclusion that Wilder would not have been discharged except for the existence of all the reasons stated by the employer. Remands for consideration of those reasons and for additional findings as to whether Wilder was discharged for just cause.

Amanda D. Brown v. State of Indiana
62A01-1105-CR-224
Criminal. Reverses sentence and remands to trial court to recalculate credit for time served and for hearing on whether Brown is entitled to credit time for the days she participated in a drug-treatment program.

Thormonn Lawrence v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1104-CR-152
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor battery and Class D felony domestic battery.

Steven R. Farrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
04A03-1101-CR-21
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder and sentence for murder and Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Katina D. Logan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1104-CR-186
Criminal. Affirms sentences for Class D felony neglect of a dependent and associated charges.

Durell Rhymes v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1104-CR-371
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class D felony theft.  

Timothy Wright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1005-CR-490
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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