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Opinions Sept. 26, 2011

September 26, 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
Angela K. Farno v. Ansure Mortuaries of Indiana, LLC, et al.
41A05-1002-PL-104
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Farno’s motion for class certification on superiority grounds regarding the alleged looting of cemetery trusts that had been funded from proceeds of purchases of pre-need burial services. The trial court did not err in finding the receiver’s action provided a superior method to recovery any of the missing trust funds.

Matthew Goldberg, et al. v. Angela K. Farno, et al.
41A01-1007-MF-348
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms certification of plaintiff class for settlement purposes and order granting preliminary approval of the settlement agreement. Goldberg has no standing to challenge the settlement because he hasn’t suffered plain legal prejudice. Adopts the “plain legal prejudice” standard based on Federal Rule 41(a)(2).

Starlett Gilbert v. State of Indiana
49A04-1102-CR-77
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony prostitution. The police officer’s testimony at trial was not hearsay and Gilbert had the opportunity to cross-examine the officer, but did not.

Joshua J. Hubble v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A05-1012-CR-741
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to causing death while operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 or more as a Class B felony, two counts of Class D felony criminal recklessness, and Class D felony criminal mischief.

Thomas M. Slaats v. Sally E. Slaats (NFP)

87A01-1009-DR-523
Domestic relation. Affirms order modifying child support and parenting time.

Michael Reynolds v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1012-CR-799
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony manufacturing methamphetamine.

Jeremy Cuzzort v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A05-1101-CR-51
Criminal. Affirms denial of request to pursue a belated appeal.

Derrick R. Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1008-PC-571
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to one case and declined five for the week ending Sept. 23.

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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