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Opinions Oct. 26, 2010

October 26, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Allstate Insurance Company v. Timothy Clancy, et al.
45A03-0910-CV-498
Civil. Reverses trial court’s order granting a motion to compel the production of documents. In its interlocutory appeal, Allstate Insurance Company raised the following issue: whether the trial court abused its discretion by compelling production of documents subject to the attorney-client privilege on the ground that Allstate has implicitly raised an advice of counsel defense, thereby waiving the attorney-client privilege.

Nathan Brock v. State of Indiana
38A02-1003-CR-272
Criminal. Affirms Nathan Brock’s conviction of operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life, a Class C felony. Brock argued his convictions violated double jeopardy because the trial court granted the state’s request for a mistrial at the close of the first trial in the absence of a manifest necessity to do so, and then permitted the state to retry Brock, resulting in his conviction. Indiana Court of Appeals found the mistrial and subsequent retrial did not violate double jeopardy.

Troy Burge v. State of Indiana (NFP)
56A03-1006-CR-331
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion for credit time and time served.

Russell Timmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A05-0910-CR-567
Criminal. Affirms conviction of confinement, a Class C felony.

Termination of Parent-Child Relationship of C.O.V.; C.L.V. and T.G. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1003-JT-445
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

O.P. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development (NFP)
93A02-1003-EX-408
Civil. Affirms Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s denial of request for unemployment benefits.

The Law Offices of Wayne Greeson, PC, and Shammah Investments, LLC v. Steuben County Auditor (NFP)
76A03-1003-MI-122
Civil. Affirms trial court’s judgment in favor of Steuben County Auditor regarding attorney fees in tax sales.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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