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Opinions Oct. 24, 2011

October 24, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


Indiana Court of Appeals
Gerald Broude v. State of Indiana
75A03-1101-CR-37
Criminal. Affirms convictions of one count of Class A and one count of Class C felony child molesting, holding sufficient evidence exists to support the convictions and that Broude had adequate time to prepare for victim’s closed-circuit testimony. Reverses one count of Class A felony child molesting, holding that a material variance existed between the charging information and evidence presented at trial. Remands to the trial court to vacate that conviction.

Christopher Allen Buchanan v. State of Indiana
82A01-1103-CR-139
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony child molesting, holding that trial court did not err in calculating the amount of credit time to which Buchanan was entitled and did not err in finding the age of the victim as an aggravator.

State of Indiana v. Skylor Gearlds
90A02-1105-CR-433
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s dismissal of Class A misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle while suspended based on a previous violation within the past 10 years, pursuant to Indiana Code 9-24-19-2. Holds that while the statute contains an inaccuracy, it is clear what the Legislature’s intent was in drafting the law.

Ken Gunn v. State of Indiana
49A02-1102-CR-82
Criminal. Reverses charge of Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license, holding the evidence was obtained as the result of an unlawful traffic stop.

Steven Nowling v. State of Indiana
31A01-1010-CR-552
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of methamphetamine, holding that while a third party did not expressly consent to a search of Nowling’s room, the evidence found in that search was harmless, as it was Nowling’s testimony under oath that affirmed his possession of methamphetamine.

Isaiah Wheeler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1103-CR-109
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license.

In Re: The Matter of A.G. and A.M.; A.M. v. Allen County Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
02A04-1104-JC-180
Juvenile. Affirms judgment of trial court that son was a Child in Need of Services.

Mark Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1101-CR-50
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s revocation of probation.

Melvin Hall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1104-CR-190
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony robbery and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

John Shelton v. Daniel Keith Hoffman, Guardian of the Estate of Molly Dattilo (NFP)
49A05-1009-CT-606
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s default judgment against Shelton.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.W.; T.H. and D.W. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
18A02-1102-JT-161
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights of mother and father.

Cecil Dowell Freeman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
42A01-1102-CR-102
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of at least 0.15 gram of alcohol.

Ryan Grosswiler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1103-CR-228
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class C felony child molesting and one count of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

Jason Hough v. State of Indiana (NFP)
38A04-1102-CR-110
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony burglary and Class D felony theft.

Sajjad Quayim Rasheed v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1103-PC-131
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Zane Padgett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1104-PC-170
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Cynthia L. Ragsdale v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1012-CR-637
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony possession of cocaine.

Jack M. Estes II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A01-1010-CR-576
Criminal. Dismisses appeal, holding that according to the Indiana Supreme Court, a sanction imposed when probation is revoked does not qualify as a sentence, and that accordingly, Estes cannot appeal his sanction.

Shammy Wingo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1103-CR-226
Criminal. Affirms jury’s determination that Wingo committed Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended, Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and associated infractions.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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