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Supreme Court grants 2 transfers

Jennifer Nelson
December 9, 2008
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The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to two cases, one in which the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a high school student's convictions of battery and disorderly conduct after an altercation with school officials.

In Christopher Bailey v. State of Indiana, No. 49A02-0801-CR-65, Christopher Bailey's convictions stem from an incident involving the assistant principal and dean of students. After the assistant principal told him to pull up his pants, Bailey bumped into her arm and then threw down his drink and coat, balled his fists, and cursed at the dean.

The Court of Appeals reversed, ruling the state didn't prove Bailey conducted battery because it didn't show that he committed "knowing" battery when he walked into the assistant principal's arm. The appellate court reversed his disorderly conduct conviction because Bailey's behavior wasn't considered "tumultuous conduct" that would result in serious bodily injury or substantial property damage.

The high court also granted transfer to In re: The marriage of Robert Rovai v. Ann Marie Rovai, No. 45A03-0712-CV-600, in which the Court of Appeals found the dissolution court didn't err in failing to award post-judgment interest dating from the entry of the decree of a monetary award to Robert Rovai from Ann Marie Rovai. The appellate court wrote in a footnote that it recognized its analysis of caselaw on the topic "reflects a difficulty, if not an inability, to completely reconcile the various holdings." The appellate court also affirmed the court's decision of conditioning payment of the monetary judgment to Robert on any of three occurrences - that both children become emancipated, Ann Marie voluntarily sells the marital home awarded to her, or she marries or lives with someone else in the home. The trial court also didn't err in apportioning federal and state tax refunds for three years according to the respective income of the parties for the particular year.

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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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