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Opinions Oct. 4, 2013

October 4, 2013
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Opinions Oct. 4, 2013

Indiana Court of Appeals
Dexter Berry v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A04-1301-CR-34
Post conviction. Remands for recalculation of pretrial credit time applied against an executed 10-year sentence for conviction of Class B felony burglary.

Johnny Henderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1302-CR-178
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony attempted burglary.

Howell Contractors, Inc. and Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland v. Calumet Civil Contractors, Inc. (NFP)
49A05-1305-PL-232
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of summary judgment as to liability, reverses entry of summary judgment on damages and remands for proceedings.

Thomas Roberts v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1304-CR-356
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to modify 55-year sentence for conviction of murder.

Mark Gregory v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1302-PC-198
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of post-convcition relief from a 55-year executed sentence for conviction of multiple counts of burglary and theft reimposed after a violation of probation under a previously granted sentence modification.

David Kifer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1302-IF-53
Infraction. Affirms Class C infraction for disregarding an automatic signal.

Victor Gutierrez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1302-CR-63
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Robert J. Fiedler and Dianne C. Fiedler v. LaGrange County Health Department (NFP)
44A03-1303-MI-107
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s entry of final judgment in favor of the LaGrange County Health Department on an action to compel the department to certify a septic system was functioning satisfactorily.

Jose Contreras v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1303-CR-112
Criminal. Affirms 20-year executed sentence for conviction of Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine, Class C felony possession of narcotic drug and a firearm, and Class D felony possession of marijuana.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline Friday. U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline Friday.

 

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  1. Whilst it may be true that Judges and Justices enjoy such freedom of time and effort, it certainly does not hold true for the average working person. To say that one must 1) take a day or a half day off work every 3 months, 2) gather a list of information including recent photographs, and 3) set up a time that is convenient for the local sheriff or other such office to complete the registry is more than a bit near-sighted. This may be procedural, and hence, in the near-sighted minds of the court, not 'punishment,' but it is in fact 'punishment.' The local sheriffs probably feel a little punished too by the overwork. Registries serve to punish the offender whilst simultaneously providing the public at large with a false sense of security. The false sense of security is dangerous to the public who may not exercise due diligence by thinking there are no offenders in their locale. In fact, the registry only informs them of those who have been convicted.

  2. Unfortunately, the court doesn't understand the difference between ebidta and adjusted ebidta as they clearly got the ruling wrong based on their misunderstanding

  3. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

  4. I am one of Steele's victims and was taken for $6,000. I want my money back due to him doing nothing for me. I filed for divorce after a 16 year marriage and lost everything. My kids, my home, cars, money, pension. Every attorney I have talked to is not willing to help me. What can I do? I was told i can file a civil suit but you have to have all of Steelers info that I don't have. Of someone can please help me or tell me what info I need would be great.

  5. It would appear that news breaking on Drudge from the Hoosier state (link below) ties back to this Hoosier story from the beginning of the recent police disrespect period .... MCBA president Cassandra Bentley McNair issued the statement on behalf of the association Dec. 1. The association said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. “The MCBA does not believe this was a just outcome to this process, and is disheartened that the system we as lawyers are intended to uphold failed the African-American community in such a way,” the association stated. “This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.” http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2016/07/18/hate-cops-sign-prompts-controversy/87242664/

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