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Opinions Aug. 25, 2010

August 25, 2010
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday.
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Irvin S. Hudson
09-3518
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Judge Robert L. Miller Jr.
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of a stolen firearm based on Hudson’s previous conviction of dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance. Holds that “look-alike” offenses constitute controlled-substance offenses for sentencing purposes.

Today’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Jorge Quintero, a/k/a Samuel Munoz, and Claudia Andrade Martinez
09-2715, 09-2788
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judges Rudy Lozano and James T. Moody.
Criminal. Dismisses Quintero’s appeal of his sentence after pleading guilty to charges related to a bank robbery and unlawful entering on waiver grounds. Affirms Martinez’s conviction and sentence for bank robbery and unlawfully remaining in the U.S. The jury instructions given at Martinez’s trial regarding aiding and abetting were correct statements of the law.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Fernando B. Eguia Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
01A02-1001-CR-157
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

M.H. v. J.H. (NFP)
30A01-1003-DR-99
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s calculation of income, treatment of tax exemptions, and failure to find contempt. Reverses court’s assessment of child support and remands for the trial court to recalculate the cost of child support.

Uma Chaluvadi v. City of Indianapolis (NFP)
49A02-1003-OV-230
Local ordinance violation. Reverses order denying Chaluvadi’s motion to set aside default judgment.

Michael Yates v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-0912-CR-1187
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class D felony possession of cocaine and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Eric Skeens v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-0909-CR-515
Criminal. Affirms convictions of four counts of child molesting as Class A felonies and one count as a Class C felony. Remands for the trial court to issue an amended sentencing order and issue any other documents or CCS entries necessary to impose a sentence of 90 years.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Is it possible to amend an order for child support due to false paternity?

  2. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  3. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  4. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  5. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

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