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Opinions June 4, 2013

June 4, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
City of Indianapolis v. Rachael Buschman
49S02-1210-CT-598
Civil tort. Affirmed trial court’s grant of summary judgment in Buschman’s favor and remanded the case for further proceedings. Ruled that Buschman’s inclusion of information about her injuries does not restrict the scope of her claim. Although she stated in her claim she did not suffer any injuries from an auto accident involving an Indianapolis police officer, the amended statute governing the Indiana Tort Claims Act does not require a description of injuries. The court concluded when the Legislature amended the statute, it intended to remove any pre-existing requirement of specificity in regards to personal injuries.   

Indiana Court of Appeals
Cesar Chavez v. State of Indiana
49A02-1211-CR-892
Criminal. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands conviction of five counts of Class C felony child molestation, holding that the five counts were in violation of the continuing crime doctrine and that Chavez committed two chargeable crimes instead of the five for which a jury convicted him. The Court of Appeals instructed the trial court to vacate three of the five convictions.

Matthew J. Bulliner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1211-CR-472
Criminal. Affirms Class D felony and Class A misdemeanor convictions of resisting law enforcement.

Stephen R. Hollingsworth v. State of Indiana (NFP)
26A04-1210-CR-498
Criminal. Affirms in interlocutory appeal denial of motion for discharge for violation of the speedy trial provision under Indiana Criminal Rule 4(C).

Mark Bonds v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1212-CR-974
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting.

Charles D. Gilliam v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1210-CR-432
Criminal. Affirms Class D felony conviction of receiving stolen property.

Jason Ulysses Harmon v. United States Steel Corporation f/k/a USX Corporation (NFP)

93A02-1212-EX-1030
Executive administrative/worker’s compensation. Affirms Worker’s Compensation Board’s denial of benefits.

Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions before IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions before IL deadline.


 

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