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Opinions May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was issued after IL deadline Friday.
Tommy D. Ford v. Bill Wilson, Superintendent
12-3844
Criminal. Affirms denial of habeas petition for Ford, convicted of murder in the 2005 shooting death of Christian Hodge in Gary. The panel ruled Ford wasn’t prejudiced by his attorney’s failure to object to a prosecutor’s comments about the defendant’s failure to testify. Although the Indiana Court of Appeals applied the wrong legal standard in denying post-conviction relief, the weight of the evidence against Ford would have produced the same result had the proper standard been applied. There was no reasonable probability that adequate performance of counsel would have changed the outcome of Ford’s trial.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Victor Mercaldo and Nancy Jenkins, individually and as Parents and Natural Guardians of Kelly P. Mercaldo, Minor Child, Deceased, et al. v. Andrew Hagenow and Alyssa R. Brown (NFP)
64A04-1311-CT-579
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Hagenow.

Justin Malone v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A01-1307-CR-334
Criminal. Affirms two-year sentence for conviction of Class D felony criminal recklessness.

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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  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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