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Supreme Court grants 3 transfers

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The Indiana Supreme Court granted three transfers yesterday in cases involving a resisting law enforcement conviction, denial of benefits from Indiana's Second Injury Fund, and the reversal of a jury award filed by a college student cleared of rape.

In Bryan G. Mosley v. State, No. 49A02-0802-CR-188, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Bryan Mosley's conviction of resisting law enforcement, finding sufficient evidence to support it. The appellate court had some concerns regarding the brief filed by Mosley's public defender and considered the brief "perfunctory" and "baseless."

In James A. Kohlmeyer v. Second Injury Fund, No. 93A02-0711-EX-1000, the Court of Appeals affirmed the Indiana Worker's Compensation Board's denial of James Kohlmeyer's petition for payments of benefits from the Second Injury Fund. At issue in the appeal was whether Social Security disability benefits count toward the threshold amount of benefits that have to be received to become eligible for benefits from the fund. The appellate court ruled the threshold requirement regarding benefits received as set out in Indiana Code must be met by only considering workers' compensation benefits.

In Susana Henri v. Stephen Curto, No. 49A02-0709-CV-777, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's judgment in favor of Stephen Curto. The lower court found he didn't rape Susana Henri and awarded him $45,000 on his counterclaim. An appellate court majority found the trial court engaged in ex parte communication with the jury, and the presumption of error from that communication hasn't been rebutted. As a result, the trial court abused its discretion when it denied Henri's motion to correct error. Chief Judge John Baker dissented, calling the majority's decision to reverse the jury verdict award a "radical act."

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  1. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  2. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  3. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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