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Opinions Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax court issued no opinions prior to IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Jeffrey Riggs and Mark Ashmann v. Mark S. Weinberger, M.D., Mark Weinberger, M.D., P.C., Merrillville Center for Advanced Surgery, LLC, and Nose and Sinus Center, LLC
45A03-1109-CT-394
Civil tort. Reaffirms original opinion in all respects, and finds that a trial court when confronted with the facts and circumstances like those in this case, may compel an involuntary psychiatric examination in accordance with Ind. Trial Rule 35. There is no requirement that the court must do so.

Certain Westfield Southeast Area 1 Annexation Territory Landowners and Certain Westfield Southeast Area 2 Territory Landowners v. City of Westfield
29A02-1205-MI-389
Miscellaneous. Affirms judgment in favor of Westfield in finding that the city’s delayed publication of annexation ordinances did not bar annexation. The remonstrators haven’t shown a violation of their substantial rights. Affirms that the remonstrators do have standing to challenge the city’s annexation as evidenced by the certification of the remonstrance petition prior to the evidentiary hearing.

Charles Davis, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A05-1111-CR-639
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Steven Powers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1201-CR-29
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

T.H. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A05-1203-JV-119
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a delinquent, finding T.H. committed rape and criminal deviate conduct.

Robert Decker v. Paul Whitesell, as Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, The Indiana State Police Board, and The Indiana State Police (NFP)
84A01-1112-PL-578
Civil plenary. Affirms termination of employment.

Robin McFarland v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1203-CR-239
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Lawrence A. Smith v. Dennis A. Williams and Giddings, Whitsitt & Williams, P.C. (NFP)
06A01-1201-CT-20
Civil tort. Affirms order granting summary judgment in favor of Williams and the law firm on Smith’s legal malpractice action.

Jwaun Poindexter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1203-CR-213
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction, reverses conviction of Class A felony attempted robbery and remands with instructions to enter judgment of conviction for attempted robbery as a Class C felony and sentence Poindexter accordingly.
 

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  2. Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

  3. Indiana up holds this behavior. the state police know they got it made.

  4. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

  5. Agreed on 4th Amendment call - that was just bad policing that resulted in dismissal for repeat offender. What kind of parent names their boy "Kriston"?

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