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Opinions Nov. 30, 2010

November 30, 2010
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline Monday.
Indiana Tax Court
Hubler Realty Company v. Hendricks County Assessor
49T10-1001-TA-5
Tax. Affirms Indiana Board of Tax Review’s upholding of the Hendricks County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals’ assessment of Hubler’s commercial properties for the 2006 tax year. The assessor’s testimony doesn’t suggest that her assessments or her determination as to the propriety thereof were the products of sales chasing, spot assessments, or selective reappraisals. The PTABOA’s consideration of Hubler’s sales disclosure form doesn’t mean that it engaged in sales chasing or selectively reappraised Hubler’s properties.

Today’s opinions
Indiana Supreme Court had posted
no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Albert J. Hall v. State of Indiana
06A05-1003-CR-187
Criminal. Reverses conviction of operating a motor vehicle as a habitual traffic offender as a Class D felony. The trial court committed fundamental error in its instruction on the mens rea element of the Habitual Traffic Violator Statute. Remands for a new trial.

MH Equity Managing Member, LLC v. Debra K. Sands
49A02-1005-CC-495
Civil collections. Affirms order enforcing a settlement agreement between MH Equity Managing Member and Sands providing for dismissal with prejudice of a complaint alleging that Sands had breached a fiduciary duty in performing services for MH Private Equity Fund. The parties entered into a binding contract which required the subsequent execution of a document memorializing their agreement and there is no uncertainty as to any substantial term of the settlement contract.

Anastacio Carrera v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-CR-238
Criminal. Affirms convictions of child molesting as Class A and Class B felonies, and sexual misconduct with a minor as Class B and Class C felonies.

Involuntary Commitment of B.K. (NFP)
33A01-1006-MH-301
Mental health. Affirms commitment at Logansport State Hospital.

Kevin Ware v. State of Indiana (NFP)
69A01-1004-PC-204
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Justin Robinette v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1004-CR-501
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to three counts of Class B sexual misconduct with a minor, and one count of Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

Maria Chavarria v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1007-CR-381
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to dealing in cocaine weighing over three grams, a Class A felony.

E.H., Alleged to be C.H.I.N.S.; J.H. v. Marion County D.C.S. (NFP)
49A02-1004-JC-539
Juvenile. Affirms determination that E.H. is a child in need of services.

Brandon Phillips v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1004-CR-267
Criminal. Affirms sentence for murder and Class B felony criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury.

D.S. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1004-JV-484
Juvenile. Affirms adjudications for committing what would be Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft if committed by an adult, and that the trial court disposition is appropriate.

In the Matter of the Adoption of E.L.; J.N. v. R.J. (NFP)
49A02-1005-AD-569
Adoption. Affirms denial of the stepfather’s petition to adopt his wife’s daughter.

L.S. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development (NFP)
93A02-0911-EX-1057
Civil. Affirms decision that L.S. is disqualified from eligibility for unemployment benefits because he was dismissed for just cause.

Kieno Austin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1007-CR-820
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Town v. Review Board and B.K. (NFP)
93A02-1002-EX-146
Civil. Affirms grant of B.K.’s application for unemployment benefits.

Vera D. Alsadi v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1004-CR-561
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony theft.

Mary E. McKinney v. Windy Lane Farms, Inc., et al. (NFP)
08A02-1001-CC-71
Civil collections. Reverses dismissal of McKinney’s third-party complaint and the grant of summary judgment in favor of third-party defendants Windy Lane Farms and others. Remands for further proceedings.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of N.S., et al.; D.S. v. Bartholomew County D.C.S. (NFP)
03A01-1005-JT-222
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Anthony B. Rias, II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1004-CR-182
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

DeWayne V. Adamson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1002-CR-88
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and the finding Adamson is a habitual offender.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer to five cases for the week ending Nov. 24.
 

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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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