The following opinions were posted after IL deadline Tuesday.
Indiana Supreme Court
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library v. Charlier Clark & Linard, P.C.
Civil. Affirms dismissal of the library’s claims of negligence against the defendants. The library is connected with the defendants through a network or chain of contracts in which the parties allocated their respective risks, duties, and remedies. Those contracts, and not negligence law, govern the outcome of the library’s claims.
U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Integrity Land Title Corp.
Civil. Affirms the judgment of the trial court with respect to its grant of Integrity’s motion for summary judgment on U.S. Bank's contract claim and reverses trial court’s grant of Integrity’s motion for summary judgment on U.S. Bank’s tort claim Holds applicable tort law permits U.S. Bank’s tort claim to go forward. The facts of the case fit within the tort of negligent misrepresentation, an exception to the economic loss rule. Remands for further proceedings.
Kenneth Brown v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms Brown’s convictions of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine as a Class B felony, possession of a controlled substance as a Class C felony, possession of paraphernalia as a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana as a Class A misdemeanor. Brown failed to preserve his challenge to the admissibility of evidence. Holds that a claimed error in admitting unlawfully seized evidence at trial is not preserved for appeal unless an objection was lodged at the time the evidence was offered. Also holds that such a claim, without more, does not assert fundamental error.
League of Women Voters, et al. v. Todd Rokita
Civil. Affirms trial court dismissal of challenge to state’s voter identification law. The case presents only facial constitutional challenges. It is within the power of the legislature to require voters to present photo ID at the polls. Justice Boehm dissents.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael L. Smith v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms Smith’s 7-year sentence following guilty plea to auto theft, institutional criminal mischief, and arson. Reverses condition of probation that says unfavorable results of Smith’s polygraph examinations on drug use and drug trafficking would constitute a probation violation. The use of those tests is improper as found in Hoeppner. Remands for trial court to amend Smith’s conditions of probation to say positive results may be used against him in a probation-revocation proceedings and may constitute a violation of probation.
Brightpoint, Inc. and Brightpoint Europe A/S v. Steen F. Pedersen
Civil. Affirms dismissal of Brightpoint’s complaint against Pedersen. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying Brightpoint and Brightpoint Europe’s motion to strike nor in dismissing the complaint on the basis of comity.
Stacey Fowler v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor battery. The victim’s booking card from a prior, unrelated arrest was admissible under the public records exception to the hearsay rule, the introduction of the booking information didn’t violate Fowler’s Sixth Amendment confrontation rights, she failed to established she was prejudiced as a result of the admission, and any alleged error in the exclusion of the arresting officers’ out-of-court statements was waived for failure to make an offer of proof.
A.S. v. State of Indiana
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a delinquent. Finds A.S.’s purported waiver of her right to counsel did not comport with constitutional requirements. The constitutional violation was fundamental error and her initial detention was improper.
John Bragg and Built on Foundation, Inc. v. City of Muncie and The Housing Authority
Civil. Affirms summary judgment in favor of City of Muncie and the Muncie Housing Authority on Bragg’s claim for tortious interference with a contract. Thus, the designated evidence establishes that the agreement between Weatherly and Bragg may very well have violated the requirements of Indiana Code Section 36-1-2-1 et seq., which would have rendered the contract void ab initio.
John Offett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony forgery.
C.B. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication for committing dangerous possession of a firearm by a child, a Class A misdemeanor if committed by an adult.
Eddie D. Lowe v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.
Michael K. Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct sentence.
Carmen Kelleher, et al. v. Carol Mason, as personal representative of the Estate of Donald W. Mason (NFP)
Civil. Affirms declaratory judgment in favor of Donald Mason’s estate.
Patton Homes, LLC, et al. v. Robert Bellows, et al. (NFP)
Civil. Reverses finding that Patton was bound by Robert Bellows’ contractual obligation to the City of Columbus to provide the sidewalks in question.
Jermaine J. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses order Johnson pay $100 supplemental public defender service fee and remands.
Danny T. Dunlap v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
Lawrence Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A voluntary manslaughter.
Thaddeus J. Zysk v. Jennifer K. Zysk (NFP)
Civil. Affirms order granting Jennifer Zysk’s request to relocate to California with parties’ two minor children.
Jon Marc Kaetzel and Beverly K. Kaetzel v. The Carl Kaetzel Trust, et al. (NFP)
Civil plenary. Reverses judgment against Jon and Beverly Kaetzel on the trusts’ breach of trust claim. Remands with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Jon and Beverly Kaetzel on the claim and to rule on all remaining claims. Affirms judgment for Carl Kaetzel on prejudgment interest and remands with instructions to calculate the amount owed.
Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of J.G. & J.R.; A.R. v. IDCS (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.
Richard Joslyn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony stalking and four counts of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.
Guardianship of Alice L. Schoonover (NFP)
Civil. Affirms order that Margaret Ditteon reimburse the Estate of Alice L. Schoonover for funds misappropriated by a woman who preceded Ditteon as guardian.
Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.