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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.
09-2676
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
49S02-0910-CV-505
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
29A02-0910-CR-974
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  
34A02-1002-PL-185
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)
29A05-0912-CV-696
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)
46A03-0907-CR-299
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and 65-year sentence with five years suspended to probation for murder.

Jeanette Haggard v. Brent Boyd (NFP)
32A04-1001-DR-33
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)
85A02-0910-CV-985
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)
80A05-1004-PL-289
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)
48A05-1002-CR-96
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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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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