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Opinions Sept. 8, 2011

September 8, 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
Cathy Minix, et al. v. Sheriff Frank Canarecci, Jr., et al.
71A04-1009-CT-591
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Canarecci on Minix’s wrongful death claim and affirms denial of the medical providers’ motion for summary judgment in Minix’s wrongful death claim and medical malpractice claim. Minix’s Child Wrongful Death Statute claim against the sheriff isn’t barred by the doctrine of res judicata, and an award of damages on both the federal and state claims at issue won’t result in double recovery.

John A. Bailey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1102-CR-71
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Robert A. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1012-CR-672
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and Class D felony possession of marijuana. Affirms determination Johnson violated his probation in a separate cause.

Gerald Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1010-CR-527
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class A felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Jason Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1102-CR-61
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Robert Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1010-PC-1242
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

In Re the Marriage of: Samuel D. Gray v. Angel Gray (NFP)
33A05-1102-DR-89
Domestic relation. Reverses order as it pertains to finding Samuel Gray in contempt and instructs the amount paid by him to Angel Gray’s attorney be credited toward the money judgment balance. Affirms order that modified Samuel’s child support obligation and that he pay uninsured orthodontic expenses and certain college expenses.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

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  1. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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