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Opinions Oct. 26, 2011

October 26, 2011
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The following Indiana Tax Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Oct. 25:

AE Outfitters Retail Co. v. Indiana Dept. of State Revenue (NFP)
49T10-1012-TA-66
Tax. Grants AE Outfitters’ motion for partial summary judgment and directs the court to set a case management conference to discuss all remaining matters by separate order.

Wednesday's opinions
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
Anthony D. Laster v. State of Indiana
02A03-1103-CR-91
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony burglary and four counts of Class B felony robbery, holding the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying Laster’s motion for continuance. Remands to the trial court to revise sentence, holding that in light of the offender’s character and nature of offenses, a fully executed sentence on each count is not warranted.

Hassan Alsheik v. Alice Guerrero, Individually and as Admin. of the Estate of Israel Arcuri
45A04-1011-CT-680
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s decision to admit results of a second autopsy, to allow Guererro’s pathologist to testify as an expert witness and holds the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting post-mortem photographs of the victim. Holds that the trial court erred in denying Guerrero’s request for pre-judgment interest and remands to the trial court for determination of pre-judgment interest.

Jeff Castetter, Tony Jones, David Strode and Matthew Hickey v. Lawrence Township
49A05-1105-PL-249
Civil plenary. Affirms court’s denial of appellants’ motion for summary judgment and its grant of Lawrence Township’s motion for summary judgment, holding there is no genuine issue of fact as to the Lawrence Township Fire Department Merit Commission’s decision to eliminate the rank of battalion chief.

Homestead Finance Corporation v. Southwood Manor L.P. d/b/a Village Green of Southwood Manor and d/b/a Village Green Mobile Home Park
71A04-1103-CC-167
Civil collection. Reverses trial court’s judgment in favor of Southwood Manor, holding that Homestead Finance was no longer subject to the Park Owner’s Lien Statute once it released its liens on the mobile homes in question. Remands to the trial court with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Homestead.

Danielle Garrett v. State of Indiana
49A02-1101-CR-1
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanors battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting law enforcement, holding that Garrett failed to establish unlawful entry and that her resistance was not reasonable.

Dustin T. Allen v. State of Indiana
15A04-1101-CR-16
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s judgment denying Allen’s motion to dismiss, holding that he was improperly subjected to a successive prosecution that is prohibited under Indiana Code 35-41-4-4.

Jason Edward Thomas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1102-CR-61
Criminal. Affirms sentences for Class B felony robbery and Class D felony auto theft.

Stephen Grady v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A04-1011-CR-669
Criminal. Affirms court’s denial of motion for jail time credit.

Earl Lee Russelburg v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1103-CR-156
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

In the Matter of the Paternity of J.W. and A.W. (NFP)
67A04-1103-JP-147
Juvenile. Affirms trial court’s custody determination awarding aunt custody.  

Daniel J. Harvey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1104-PC-150
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Maria Bodor v. Town of Lowell, Indiana; Board of Zoning of the Town of Lowell, Indiana; Wilbur Cox; and Frank Lagace (NFP)
45A03-1012-PL-666
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s order vacating and lifting its stay of the Town of Lowell’s demolition order and affirming the entry of that demolition order.

Arlene M. Doub v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1103-CR-100
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony receiving stolen property.

Anthony Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1103-CR-174
Criminal. Affirms court’s revocation of probation and order to serve balance of sentence.

Tenzin Tamding v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1104-CR-170
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony criminal recklessness and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Phillip Buhrt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1101-PC-43
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Protect-All Insurance Agency, Inc., Robert H. Drake, Jr., and Kevin Surface v. James E. Surface, Sr., and Allied Kitchen Equipment Sales, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1102-PL-136
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment on three counts of appellants’ counterclaim, but affirms the judgment of the trial court in all other respects. Remands for proceedings consistent with opinion.

Aaron Spencer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1102-CR-68
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

Daniel Stovall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
68A01-1106-CR-245
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent child.

Chester Lloyd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1105-PC-520
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Christopher Carter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1011-CR-674
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony intimidation.

Floyd McQueen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A04-1103-CR-137
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony burglary and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Adam Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1101-CR-198
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Class B felony dealing methamphetamine and three counts of Class D felony possession of precursors.

Demetreous A. Brown, Sr. v. Elisha J. Gray and Paul A. Brown (NFP)
49A02-1009-PL-1124
Civil plenary. Reverses order denying injunctive relief and dismissing Paul Brown as a party, holding appellant showed, prima facie, that he was not afforded procedural due process. Remands for further proceedings.

Craig S. Conrad v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (NFP)
93A02-1103-EX-261
Miscellaneous. Affirms decision finding Conrad was discharged for just cause.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.R.S. and A.L.S.; L.S. and X.K. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
02A04-1103-JT-157
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights of mother and father.

Norman Trent v. State of Indiana (NFP)
54A01-1104-CR-172
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to correct abstract of judgment.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.J.H.; M.D. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services and Lake County CASA (NFP)
45A03-1104-JT-155
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

Kevin Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1012-CR-1283
Criminal. Affirms on rehearing a previous decision that Brown was not entitled to abandonment defense because his decision to abandon a robbery attempt was based on extrinsic factors.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

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  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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