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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Ownership of dog is the issue in a dispute among relatives

One of the NFPs issued today by the Court of Appeals turns out to be a case involving a dispute about the ownership of a dog. The opinion is Richard Brock and Gail Brock v. Pamela Gilbert (NFP); it is 5-page-long and authored by Sr. Judge Shepard. No attorneys were involved:

Richard and Gail Brock sued Pamela Gilbert when Gilbert refused to return their dog. After hearing all the evidence, the trial court concluded that Gilbert was correct in saying that the Brocks had gifted the dog. The court therefore found in favor of Gilbert. We affirm. * * *

Judge Blankenship [Dearborn Superior Court] went out of her way to assist both parties as they worked their way through a bench trial without lawyers, and she doubtless would have entertained such a request [the right to cross-examine the witnesses who wrote the letters] with the same good will she demonstrated throughout.

Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star has a brief story today on the opinion.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 5, 2013 04:09 PM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions