7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.
Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Nathan S. Berkman v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for murder. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in declaring a witness unavailable or in admitting the deposition testimony of another unavailable witness. Berkman’s sentence is not inappropriate as he had argued.
Hood's Gardens, Inc. v. Jason Young, Craig Mead d/b/a Discount Tree Excavation a/k/a D & E Tree Extraction
Civil plenary. Reverses dismissal of Hood’s Gardens’ declaratory judgment action involving Craig Mead, Jason Young and D&E Tree Extraction seeking to not have to pay workers’ compensation benefits to Young. The exclusivity provisions of the Worker’s Compensation Act did not give the board exclusive jurisdiction to decide the simple contract construction issue raised in the trial court by HG. Remands for further proceedings.
Tommi Emerson Winn v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses denial of Winn’s motion for bail bond reduction. While the severity of the 13 charges supports setting the bail at $25,000, the absence of any other factors to suggest Winn is a flight risk means the court should have granted his request to deposit an amount not less than 10 percent of bail under I.C. 35-33-8-3.2(a). Judge Brown concurs in part.
Heather N. Kesling v. Hubler Nissan, Inc.
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment to Hubler Nissan on Kesling’s Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, Indiana Crime Victims Relief Act, and fraud claims. There is a genuine issue of material fact as to whether Hubler made a representation that the car was safe to operate. Judge Friedlander dissents.
Dennis J. Rodenberg v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony rape.
Damon T. Payne, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed for three counts of Class D felony theft.
Charles B. Dietzen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms order reinstating suspended sentence.
Victoria Yates v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.
Olympia Shellman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea.
James W. Manhart v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition to convert convictions from Class D felonies resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicated to Class A misdemeanors.
Artrece D. Patterson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms finding of violation and revocation of probation.
Noble Potter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony residential burglary and being a habitual offender.