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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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  1. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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