Opinions Sept. 24, 2013

September 24, 2013
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Opinions  Sept 24, 2013

Indiana Court of Appeals

Jerome Milian v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms trial court denial of Jerome Milian’s pro se motion to withdraw his plea of guilty to Class A felony dealing cocaine. The court concluded that Milian, who was represented at his pro se hearing by stand-by counsel, received multiple advisements and admonishments from the trial court regarding his rights, and in particular, his right to representation by counsel. Milian failed to meet his burden of proving that he was subjected to manifest injustice.

Indiana Commissioner of Insurance Stephen W. Robertson, on Behalf of the Indiana Patient's Compensation Fund v. Kimi Clark, Personal Representative of the Estate of William Troy Clark, Deceased (NFP)
Civil tort/medical malpractice. Reverses the trial court’s award of $465,000 in damages and remands with instructions to clarify the amount of total damages, the set off for $550,000 in awards received in settlements with other defendants and what damages, if any, were awarded for William Troy Clark’s lost-earning capacity.

In the Matter of the Supervised Estate of Violet Whitaker, Deceased, Stephen Whitaker and Damian Whitaker v. Ferdinand Clervi, Personal Representative (NFP)
Estate. Affirms probate court order approving the verified closing statement for the estate of Violet Whitaker.

In the Matter of A.S.G., A.M.G., S.T.B., and A.G.B., Children Alleged to be Children in Need of Services, B.G., Mother, and S.B., Father v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms trial court determination that A.S.G, A.M.G., S.T.B and A.G.B. are children in need of services.

Ervin McClung v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness and Class B misdemeanor battery.

A.T. v. State of Indiana (NFP)

Juvenile. Affirms adjudication of delinquency for committing what would be Class C felony child molesting if committed by an adult.

Kevin Cortez Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder and habitual offender.

Angela R. Reed v. Sally L. Ashcraft (NFP)
Protective order. Affirms dismissal of protection order Angela Reed received against Sally Ashcraft.
Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., v. The Supervised Estate of Richard C. Holman (NFP)
Estate. Affirms probate court order denying Reverse Mortgage Solutions’ motion to vacate its prior order granting the successor personal representative’s petition to approve the sale of the real estate and close the supervised estate of Richard Holman.

Dillon Grissell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms three-year sentence for conviction of Class D felony theft.

Nancy Harney v. Denny's Restaurant, Inc., B.R. Associates, Inc., and Citizens Bank of Michigan City Indiana (NFP)
Civil tort. Reverses grant of summary judgment in favor of Denny’s and co-defendants and remands with instructions to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

John Aikman v. City of Indianapolis (NFP)
Local ordinance violation. Affirms a trial court injunction barring John Aikman from owning or caring for animals in Marion County after numerous dogs were seized from his home for violations of Chapter 531 of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City and County Indianapolis/Marion, Indiana.

Joseph Prewitt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of in-home detention.

John E. Wall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent.

Shawn Rigsby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses sentence that includes a 1999 habitual offender enhancement, which followed a prior sentence that included a habitual offender enhancement, and remands to the trial court with instructions for resentencing that does not include consecutive habitual offender sentences.

Indiana Tax Court
The following opinion was issued after IL deadline Monday.
Shelby County Assessor v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. #6637-02

Property Tax. Affirms final determination of the Indiana Board of Tax Review for the assessment of a CVS drugstore in Shelbyville at about $2.375 million in 2007 and about $2.46 million for 2008. The assessor’s argument that a sale-leaseback contract’s rental agreement of $27.20 per square foot should have resulted in an assessment of about $3.77 million could not overcome the board’s finding that CVS presented evidence of probative value that it used such contracts as a means to generate additional business capital, and that the assessor’s approach likely captured more than the real value of the property. The court held that the assessor essentially asks the court to reweigh evidence, which it may not do.

Indiana Supreme Court issued no opinions before IL deadline Tuesday.
U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline Tuesday.



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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues