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Opinions Sept. 12, 2012

September 12, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Dezmon Gaines v. State of Indiana
34A05-1201-CR-21
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress evidence. Indiana Code 9-19-19-4 is not void for vagueness and the officer’s search of Gaines was reasonable. Judge Crone concurs in result.

Jerry L. Kindred v. State of Indiana
28A01-1202-PC-50
Post conviction. Reverses conviction of Class A felony child molesting. Kindred was denied a fair trial based on the extensive hearsay and vouching testimony that was admitted in error. Kindred may be retried.

State of Indiana v. David Bisard
49A04-1109-CR-459
Criminal. Reverses suppression of Bisard’s blood for purposes of various DUI charges. Finds the medical assistant did draw his blood in a way that followed physician-approved protocols and the implied consent statutes indicate that blood evidence is admissible so long as it complies with the rules of evidence. Read more about the decision.

Wayne Brant v. City of Indianapolis
49A05-1201-OV-12
Local ordinance violation. Reverses finding Brant violated a local noise ordinance enforced by the city of Indianapolis regarding his four barking dogs. Concludes that the plain, ordinary and usual meaning of the term “persons” as used in the local noise ordinance necessitates that the complaints of just one neighbor are insufficient.

In the Matter of the Adoption of J.W.; T. McD. v. G.C. (NFP)
53A04-1202-AD-78
Adoption. Affirms denial of T.McD.’s objection to and motion to vacate the decree of adoption of J.W.

Ethel S. Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1201-CR-19
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery.

Kevin Joseph Shufford v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1202-CR-72
Criminal. Affirms sentence for two counts of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and two counts of Class D felony dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance.

Brad A. Fisher v. Brandy Fisher (NFP)
43A03-1202-DR-86
Domestic relation. Dismisses Brad Fisher’s appeal of the order denying his verified petition to deem judgment paid in favor of Brandy Fisher.

Robert Lee Pickens v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A03-1112-CR-585
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine, finding he is a habitual offender, and 30-year sentence.

Troy E. Reik v. State of Indiana (NFP)
11A01-1203-CR-134
Criminal. Affirms order Reik pay restitution.

In Re The Paternity of E.W.; T.S. v. J.W. and V.W. (NFP)
65A05-1201-JP-23
Juvenile paternity. Affirms denial of natural father’s request to change E.W.’s name and for attorney fees, and affirms refusal to make natural father’s support obligation retroactive to his paternity filing.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of Cord. L., Cort. L., & Cha. L., Minor Children, and their Mother, C.H.; C.H. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
02A03-1202-JT-101
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Aljerome Hill v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1203-CR-147
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony domestic battery.
 

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  5. Additional Points: -Civility in the profession: Treating others with respect will not only move others to respect you, it will show a shared respect for the legal system we are all sworn to protect. When attorneys engage in unnecessary personal attacks, they lose the respect and favor of judges, jurors, the person being attacked, and others witnessing or reading the communication. It's not always easy to put anger aside, but if you don't, you will lose respect, credibility, cases, clients & jobs or job opportunities. -Read Rule 22 of the Admission & Discipline Rules. Capture that spirit and apply those principles in your daily work. -Strive to represent clients in a manner that communicates the importance you place on the legal matter you're privileged to handle for them. -There are good lawyers of all ages, but no one is perfect. Older lawyers can learn valuable skills from younger lawyers who tend to be more adept with new technologies that can improve work quality and speed. Older lawyers have already tackled more legal issues and worked through more of the problems encountered when representing clients on various types of legal matters. If there's mutual respect and a willingness to learn from each other, it will help make both attorneys better lawyers. -Erosion of the public trust in lawyers wears down public confidence in the rule of law. Always keep your duty to the profession in mind. -You can learn so much by asking questions & actively listening to instructions and advice from more experienced attorneys, regardless of how many years or decades you've each practiced law. Don't miss out on that chance.

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