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Opinions July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Ryan E. Bean v. State of Indiana
91A02-1310-CR-912
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A felony child molesting. Finds Bean was denied a fair trial because of fundamental error. Testimony from the victim’s mother and an Indiana Department of Child Services investigator impermissibly vouched for the victim’s credibility and invaded the province of the jury to determine the validity of the witness’s statements. The prosecutor reinforced this vouching testimony in his closing arguments. Also, the prosecutor committed misconduct when he asked the county sheriff about the process for investigating child molesting allegations in general. The sheriff’s testimony left the jurors wondering what Bean told police and, therefore, penalized the defendant for invoking his right to counsel.

Richard Dodd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1312-CR-475
Criminal. Affirms resentencing order of 55 years in prison for conviction of Class A felony attempted murder and class C felony burglary.

Martin's Markets, Inc., Dale Martin and Alisa Martin v. Coonie's Corner, LLC (NFP)
72A05-1401-MF-41
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court denial of Martin’s Markets’ motion to deem a judgment against them in favor of Coonie’s Corner discharged.

Charles Gaylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1312-CR-520
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed by the trial court after Gaylor admitted violating terms of probation.

Jaime Miguel Cordero v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1401-CR-28
Criminal. Affirms 45-year aggregate sentence and convictions of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct and Class B felony burglary.

In Re: The Petition of John Oberleas for Issuance of Tax Deed, Tax Sale Certificates #801063, 801066, 801067, 801068, Parcel No. 006-00168-00; 006-01232-00; 006-01233-00; 006-01234-00; et al (NFP)
80A05-1402-MI-70
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s denial of Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC’s motion to set aside an order directing issuance of tax deeds and the tax sale of a property to which it had obtained an interest.

William Hodapp, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
07A01-1307-CR-342
Criminal. On rehearing, reaffirms Hodapp’s conviction of Class B felony incest.

Mark Keaton v. Christine L. Zook (NFP)
53A01-1401-PL-38
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of summary judgment on favor of Christine Zook on Mark Keaton’s malicious prosecution and abuse of process claims.

Grover E. Lowe v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A04-1311-CR-572
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of methamphetamine.

John Hollins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1308-PC-719
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of relief from Hollins’ 110-year aggregate sentence for convictions of three counts of Class A felony rape, one count of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct, one count of Class B felony criminal confinement and his adjudication as a habitual offender.

Joshua W. Doughty v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1311-CR-483
Criminal. Affirms 40-year executed sentence for conviction of Class A felony child molesting.

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

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  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

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