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Opinions Oct. 3, 2012

October 3, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Steven B. Steele v. State of Indiana
49A05-1202-CR-54
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress. Evidence Rule 617 does not apply in this case because the police officer’s interrogation of Steele did not occur in a place of detention. The rule also does not explicitly or implicitly impose an affirmative duty on law enforcement officers to transport a person to a place of detention before conducting a custodial interrogation.

Deborah A. Cleveland, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Robin W. Cleveland v. Clarian Health Partners, Inc.
49A02-1110-CT-948
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Cleveland’s motion to correct error and for relief from judgment on her malpractice complaint. Cleveland may argue surprise in a witness’s purported change in testimony for the first time on appeal, but based on the facts of the case, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying her motion to correct error or for relief from judgment. Cannot say on this record that a doctor’s trial testimony was so different from her deposition testimony that it invoked any duty on the party of Clarian to amend under Trial Rule 26(E)(2) or that Clarian committed misconduct under Trial Rule 60(B)(3).

Billy G. Ray v. Connie A. Ray (NFP)
41A05-1203-DR-130
Domestic relation. Reverse court order with respect to the amount of Billy Ray’s child support obligation and remands for the court to hold a new hearing to determine his obligation, and whether Connie Ray is entitled to attorney fees for this appeal. Affirms denial of Billy Ray’s petition to modify custody and the court’s decision to modify his parenting time.
 
David J. Morton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A05-1202-CR-63
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class B felony burglary.
 

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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

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