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Opinions Sept. 30, 2010

September 30, 2010
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday.
Indiana Supreme Court

James A. Carr v. State of Indiana
25S04-1004-CR-219
Criminal. Reverses conviction of murder and remands for a new trial. Carr’s custodial statements, taken by police in disregard of his invocation of his right to counsel, were erroneously admitted and that error wasn’t harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.

Today’s opinions
Indiana Supreme Court posted no opinions before IL deadline.


Indiana Court of Appeals
State of Indiana v. James G. Lucas
91A05-1003-CR-247
Criminal. Reverses and remands Lucas’s motion to suppress results from a Datamaster chemical breath test in jail, following two failed portable breath tests in the field. Rules a portable breath test mouthpiece is not a foreign substance that will act to invalidate the results of a Datamaster.

In Re: The General Power of Attorney of Xenia S. Miller, et al. v. William Irwin Miller and Sarla Kalsi
03A01-0912-CV-586
Civil. Affirms the trial court in most of its findings: that it properly accepted the accountings, released the attorneys-in-fact from all liability, and declined Hugh Miller’s attorney-fee request. Concludes the attorneys-in-fact are not entitled to their attorney fees, and reverses the judgment to that extent only.
 
Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Anita G. Adkins and Wayne Adkins
29A02-0912-CV-1270
Civil. Reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment for Anita and Wayne Adkins. Cincinnati argues the trial court erred in determining Adkins did not breach the terms of her insurance policy when she settled with a tortfeasor without notice to or consent of Cincinnati.
 
Joshua Konopasek v. State of Indiana
25A03-1003-CR-155
Criminal. Affirms conviction of battery causing serious bodily injury, a Class C felony. Rules that while evidence about Konopasek’s criminal record should not have been admitted, any error was harmless, and the state’s evidence was sufficient to prove battery and disprove Konopasek’s claim of self-defense.
 
William Long v. State of Indiana
41A04-0912-CR-743
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.
 
Anthony E. Neukam v. State of Indiana
16A01-1002-CR-50
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury and Class D felony criminal mischief. Rules witness’s pre-trial identification of Neukam was not impermissibly suggestive and that there was sufficient evidence to support the convictions.

Thomas Williams and Sanford Kelsey v. Kelly Eugene Tharp and Papa John’s U.S.A., Inc.
29A02-1003-CT-283
Civil. Reverses and remands trial court’s denial of appellants‘ motion for relief from judgment. Concludes that the injustice suffered by appellants far outweighs any interests that appellees and society might have in the finality of litigation.
 
Leon Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-CR-306
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.
 
Daniel R. Fuquay, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-0906-PC-270
Post-conviction. Reverses and remands denial of post-conviction motion to set aside guilty plea to Class D felony possession of cocaine on grounds that the plea was involuntary and that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel.
 
Joseph M. Shortridge v. Alice Shortridge (NFP)
55A01-0912-CV-595
Civil. Affirms ex parte protective order Alice Shortridge obtained while Alice and Joseph Shortridge were in the process of dissolving their marriage.
 
Chad Delphia v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1002-CR-149
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and trial court’s decision to terminate Delphia’s in-house detention.
 
Bonnie Elaine Rock v. Easterday Construction Co., Inc. (NFP)
50A03-0911-CV-534
Civil. Affirms judgment awarding damages to Easterday Construction Co., Inc. and trial court’s determination that a contract existed between the parties.
 
Marc Stults v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-0902-PC-166
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
 
Karl J. Griffin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A04-1002-CR-154
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony attempted child molesting.

Robert Hrezo, et al. v. City of Lawrenceburg, et al.
15A01-0907-CV-338
Civil. Affirms trial court’s grant of the city’s motion for summary judgment on Hrezo’s breach-of-contract claim, and reverses the trial court’s denial of the city’s motion for summary judgment on Hrezo’s promissory estoppel claim.
 
Carmelita Woods v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1002-CR-387
Criminal. Affirms convictions of battery and criminal trespass, both as Class A misdemeanors.
 
Craig Britt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
37A04-1001-CR-86
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B battery.
 
T.K. v. Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Review Board, and Tippecanoe County (NFP)
93A02-1003-EX-404
Civil. Affirms Indiana Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance Review Board’s denial of unemployment benefits.
 
Jennifer Bealmear v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1003-CR-101
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon.
 
Calcar Quarries v. Dennis Bledsoe (NFP)
93A02-1004-EX-397
Civil. Affirms decision of the Worker’s Compensation Board to award Bledsoe worker’s compensation benefits and remands because Bledsoe is entitled only to the statutory 5 percent increase in his award.
 
Jacobo Sanchez-Venegas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A05-1001-CR-107
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s revocation of probation.
 
Shawn Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1002-CR-70
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.
 
Paternity of R.W.B. IV; K.K. v. R.W.B. III (NFP)
78A01-1001-JP-79
Juvenile. Affirms trial court’s judgment granting father’s petition for custody modification.
 
The Osler Institute, Inc. v. Richard C. Miller, et al. (NFP)
84A05-1003-PL-237
Civil. Affirms trial court’s dismissal of Osler’s complaint.

Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions before IL deadline.

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  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

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