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Opinions Sept. 11, 2012

September 11, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals released no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

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


Indiana Court of Appeals
Phillip A. Collins v. HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Trustee for Home Equity Loan Trust Series Act 2004-HE3
45A03-1111-MF-600
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment in favor of HSBC, holding that Collins is estopped from asserting claims previously lost and litigated.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of: Z.G. (Minor Child), and D.G. (Father), and T.S. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1202-JT-102
Juvenile/termination of parental rights. Affirms termination of parental rights for each parent.

Pac-Van, Inc. v. Wekiva Falls Resort
49A02-1204-CT-337
Civil tort. Reverse and remands a judgment for post-judgment interest and attorney fees, reducing the amount owed to Wekiva Falls, holding that the amount owed was based on the time between the judgment and the payment, and not the time until the court calculates the amount of post-judgment interest owed.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of: Q.M. and E.M., Minor Children, B.M., Father v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services
15A05-1112-JT-706
Juvenile/termination of parental rights. Reverses and remands termination of father’s parental rights, holding that the trial court erred in terminating rights because the Department of Child Services failed to satisfy the mandates of I.C. § 31-35-2-4(b)(2)(A).

Aaron Young v. State of Indiana
71A05-1111-CR-650
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony child molestation but reverses and remands the supplemental sentencing order that classifies Young as a credit-restricted felon.

Brittany L. McConniel v. State of Indiana
18A02-1108-CR-733
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death, holding that the nature of the offense and the character of the offender revealed by the evidence presented leads to the conclusion that the sentence imposed by the trial court is not inappropriate.

J.Z. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1202-JV-132
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication of delinquency.

J.G. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1201-JV-17
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication of delinquency.

Argelio Gonzales v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1202-CR-92
Criminal. Affirms trial court order denying motion for sentence reduction.

Joseph V. Haas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
42A05-1202-CR-80
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

William Adams and Patricia Adams v. Chase Home Finance, LLC (NFP)
18A02-1202-MF-96
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Chase.

Dennis Yerk v. State of Indiana (NFP)
91A02-1111-CR-1056
Criminal. Affirms Class D felony conviction of killing a domestic animal.
 
Lake County Trust Co., as Trustee for Lake County Trust 5434 v. United Consumers Club, Inc. (NFP)
45A03-1111-PL-527
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment for the trust, holding that the trust did not have standing to sue.

In the Matter of a Minor Child in Need of Services, T.C., Minor Child, M.C., Mother v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
85A02-1202-JC-139
Juvenile custody. Affirms adjudication of T.C. as a child in need of services.

 Robert A. Lesure v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1202-CR-87
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for Class B felony robbery, and Class C felony intimidation.

Zimmer, Inc. and Zimmer Dental, Inc. v. Jason Young, Renae Salvitti, and Implant Direct Sybron Manufacturing, LLC d/b/a Implant Direct Sybron Intl. (NFP)
02A03-1112-CT-548
Civil tort. Affirms on interlocutory appeal the trial court’s denial of Zimmer’s request for additional injunctive relief.
 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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