Opinions Sept. 14, 2011

September 14, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions from Indiana courts at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Kenneth Dwayne Vaughn v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s denial of motion for mistrial, holding that restraining the defendant in the presence of the jury could have influenced the jury’s verdict.

David Pannell v. Steve Carter, et al. (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to amend complaint.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.R.; S.S. v. IDCS (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of father’s parental rights.

Robert Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class C felony battery.

Thomas A. Carpenter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of Carpenter’s petition to have his felony conviction converted to a misdemeanor. Chief Judge Robb dissents.

Valdis J. Minkis v. Sherry J. Minkis (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms division of marital property.

Janice White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Indiana State Police v. Tyjuan Mayes (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s grant of Mayes’ motion to reconsider dismissal, holding Mayes failed to file an original or certified copy of the agency record as required by Indiana Code 4-21.5-5-13(a).

Christopher R. Perry 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