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Opinions Jan. 17, 2014

January 17, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Shane L. Duckworth v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A04-1304-CR-152
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Felipe Cortez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1305-PC-237
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Samuel L. Knox v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1305-CR-429
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony intimidation.

Julianna K. Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1307-CR-343
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Landin Anderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1304-CR-203
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: L.B. and S.B., (Children), J.J. (Mother) and J.B. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)

02A05-1305-JT-250
Juvenile. Affirms termination of both parents' parental rights.

C.C. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A03-1305-JV-184
Juvenile. Affirms judgment that C.C. is a delinquent child.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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