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Opinions July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014
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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Thursday:
United States of America v. Garrett Davarrass Smith
12-3350
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen.
Criminal. Dismisses Smith’s appeal of his sentence of 168 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Smith expressly waived his right to appeal the sentence in his written plea agreement.

Friday’s opinions

Indiana Court of Appeals
In re: The Visitation of A.W., J.W. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1401-MI-3
Miscellaneous. Dismisses denial of mother’s motion to correct error.

In re the Marriage of: Monica S. Yoldash n/k/a Monica S. Orta v. Ibrahim E. Yoldash (NFP)
45A03-1308-DR-324
Domestic relation. Affirms dissolution of the marriage.

John Zapata d/b/a Zapata Collection Services, An Individual and as Assignee v. Ball State University, Facilities Management and Planning (NFP)
18A04-1310-CC-534
Civil collection. Affirms grant of Ball State’s motion to dismiss Zapata’s complaint for damages arising from a breach of contract.

John V. Guthrie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1311-PC-551
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Indiana Commissioner of Insurance Stephen W. Robertson, on behalf of Indiana Patient's Compensation Fund v. Kimi Clark, Personal Representative of the Estate of William Troy Clark, Deceased (NFP)

49A04-1401-CT-7
Civil tort. Affirms award of damages for lost earnings to the estate following remand.

Emmanuel Winters v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1312-CR-1050
Criminal. Affirms 20-year sentence imposed following guilty plea to Class B felony robbery and Winters’ admission that he is a habitual offender.

Lloyd Hedstrom v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A05-1401-CR-12
Criminal. Affirms 80-year aggregate sentence but reverses classification as a credit-restricted felon and remands with instructions.

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

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