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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. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  5. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

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