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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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  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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