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Opinions Feb. 19, 2014

February 19, 2014
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The following Indiana Supreme Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday:
State of Indiana v. William Coats
49S02-1305-CR-328
Criminal. Remands to the trial court with an order to commit Coats to the Division of Mental Health and Addiction. I.C. 35-36-3-1(b) requires trial courts to commit defendants found not competent to stand trial to the DMHA for competency restoration services.

Wednesday’s opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals

David D. Kiely v. Kathryn Starnes-Kiely (NFP)
14A04-1307-DR-372
Domestic relation. Affirms equal division of marital estate.

Tyrone Wilbourn v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1306-CR-262
Criminal. Affirms conviction of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon as a Class B felony.

Christena Seifried v. Dukes Health System, LLC, d/b/a Dukes Memorial Hospital (NFP)
49A02-1305-CT-435
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment in favor of the hospital in Seifried’s action for personal injuries allegedly suffered as a result of her fall in the hospital.

Kenneth Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1306-CR-535
Criminal. Reverses and remands with instructions to vacate Davis’ Class A misdemeanor battery conviction. Affirms conviction of battery as a Class C felony.

Heriberto M. Andrade v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1307-CR-289
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine weighing three grams or more and two counts of Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

James Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1306-CR-292
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felonies possession of cocaine and a firearm, and possession of cocaine; and Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and carrying a handgun without being licensed. Remands to correct trial court records.

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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  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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