Opinions Sept. 10, 2010

September 10, 2010
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Joseph Finch, David E. Hensley, and Peter W. Mungovan v. Bart Peterson, individually and in his official capacity, et al.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch.
Civil. Affirms denial of the city officials’ motion for judgment on the pleadings in a suit filed by three white officers alleging discrimination in promotions. The 1978 consent decree between the Indianapolis Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice does not operate to confer qualified immunity on city officials who were involved in making the challenged promotions. Nothing in the decree required them to take race into consideration when making promotions.

Indiana Supreme Court
Lyn Leone, et al. v. Commissioner, BMV
Civil. Affirms denial of preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs to prevent the BMV from revoking driver’s licenses when the names from BMV and Social Security Administration records do not match. The class hasn’t shown a likelihood of success. Dissolves the preliminary injunction entered by the Indiana Court of Appeals as a stay pending appeal.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Charles Adam Trotter v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses denial of motion to suppress and the grant of the state’s motion to clarify. The trial court ruled that although the warrantless entry into the residence was unconstitutional, the suppression of the evidence wasn’t necessary based upon the doctrine of attenuation. The warrantless entry violated both federal and state constitutions. The proper remedy for the constitutional violation is the suppression of evidence. Remands for further proceedings.  

Crown Coin Meter Company, et al. v. Park P, LLC  
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Park P in its complaint to quiet title and seeking a declaratory judgment that the lease between Crown Coin and the prior owner of the apartment building is void as to Park P. There is a genuine issue of material fact as to whether Park P had actual implied notice of Crown Coin’s outstanding rights at the time Park P purchased the property and whether Park P was a bona fide purchaser. Remands for further proceedings.

Eclipse Consulting, Inc. v. Community Bank (NFP)
Civil. Affirms grant of partial summary judgment in favor of Community Bank in Eclipse’s suit alleging breach of contract, fraud, conversion and bad faith. Remands for proceedings.

David L. Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and 65-year sentence with five years suspended to probation for murder.

Jeanette Haggard v. Brent Boyd (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms granting the dependent tax exemption to Boyd. Reverses calculation of the amount of child support Boyd has overpaid since he filed his petition to modify and remands with instructions to amend its order on father’s petition to modify custody and support accordingly.

D.L.S. v. J.S. (NFP)
Civil. Affirms order granting physical custody of D.S.’s children to mother J.S.

Edna Taylor Living Trust v. Kokomo/Howard County Plan Comm. (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of the commission on the Taylor Trust’s complaint for mandate.

Chance Ross Carper v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


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  1. Freedom From Religion Foundation: If you really want to be free from religion, don't go to the Christmas Play or the Christmas Pageant or the Christmas Parade. Anything with "Christ" or Saint...fill in the blank...would be off limits to you. Then leave the rest of us ALONE!

  2. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  3. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  4. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  5. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon