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Opinions Oct. 1, 2012

October 1, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Scott F. West v. State of Indiana
11A01-1203-CR-123
Criminal. Orders discharge of marijuana charges because West was held to answer those charges for more than a year without a trial date while a motion to suppress awaited a ruling. West did not request an indefinite continuance such that he needed to notify the court that he wished to proceed to trial.

Michael D. Wood v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A02-1204-CR-285
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s recommendation of a two-year driving privilege suspension following conviction of Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and operating a vehicle with 0.15 or more blood alcohol content.

Acuity Mutual Insurance Company v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, et al. (NFP)
71A05-1203-PL-101
Civil plenary. Reverses grant of American Family’s motion, in which the trial court concluded that the nephew of the owner of the van was entitled to coverage under Acuity’s policy and that Acuity was his primary insurer. Remands with instructions to enter summary judgment in Acuity’s favor.

In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of F.L. v. Wishard Health Services, Midtown Community Mental Health Center (NFP)
49A02-1202-MH-130
Mental health. Affirms civil commitment requiring F.L. to receive outpatient treatment.

Robert L. Peals v. Indiana State University and its Board of Trustees (NFP)
84A01-1110-PL-451
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment in favor of Indiana State University and its board of trustees on Peals’ breach of implied contract claim.
 

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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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