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Opinions Oct. 10, 2012

October 10, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Charles R. Kastner v. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security
11-1166
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Evansville Division, Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann Jr.
Civil. Reverses denial of disability benefits, finding the administrative law judge did not adequately explain why Kastner had not met the requirements for a presumptive disability. Remands for further proceedings.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

In the Matter of G.W. (Minor Child); A.W. (Mother) and J.W. (Stepfather) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services
07A01-1201-JM-6
Juvenile miscellaneous. Finds a trial court may order a parent to make a child available for an interview requested by the Department of Child Services to assess the child’s “condition” pursuant to I.C. 31-33-8-7, where the child’s older sibling has made and then recanted allegations of sexual abuse against a family member who lives in the children’s home. Judge Riley dissents.

Tim L. Godby v. State of Indiana
33A01-1203-CR-128
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence. Godby’s belated attempt to correct the error related to costs through the motion to correct erroneous sentence is not proper.

In Re: The Matter of the Paternity of B.G., Minor Child; C.G. (Mother) v. R.M. (Father) (NFP)
77A01-1202-JP-82
Juvenile paternity. Reverses judgment allowing change of B.G.’s name and remands for a determination of best interest as it pertains to B.G.’s last name. Orders trial court to make the weekly child support order retroactive to at least the date that the mother filed the paternity action. Affirms giving the father a parenting time credit of $5.76 per week.

Judson D. Garrett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1205-CR-231
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony robbery.

Charles Musselwhite v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1202-PC-136
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Edward Cecil, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A04-1112-CR-689
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug.

Grandview Memorial Gardens, LLC, Keith Mefford, Brittan Mefford, Richard Eblen and Sherry Eblen v. John C. Eckert, Wilmer E. Goering, II, and Alcorn Goering & Sage, LLP (NFP)
49A02-1111-PL-992
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of summary judgment to Eckert and reverses it as to Goering and AGS. The statute of limitations does not bar the Grandview clients’ claims against Goering and AGS for negligently handling the fire insurance claim and there is a dispute of material fact as to whether the Grandview clients and Goering and AGS had an attorney-client relationship with respect to that matter. Remands for further proceedings.

Zachary Podorsky v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A05-1202-CR-94
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Douglas A. Myers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1202-CR-78
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

Paris Knox v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1203-CR-214
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

 

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  1. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  2. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  3. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  4. I totally agree with John Smith.

  5. An idea that would harm the public good which is protected by licensing. Might as well abolish doctor and health care professions licensing too. Ridiculous. Unrealistic. Would open the floodgates of mischief and abuse. Even veteranarians are licensed. How has deregulation served the public good in banking, for example? Enough ideology already!

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