Indiana Supreme Court
In Re: Visitation M.L.B.: K.J.R. v. M.A.B.
Miscellaneous. Rules despite the trial court’s ample “best interests” findings, the lack of findings on the other three factors, both standing alone and as compounded by the extensive visitation awarded without those necessary findings, violates Mother’s fundamental right to direct M.L.B.’s upbringing. Remands for a new entry of findings and conclusions revealing the court’s consideration of all four McCune/K.I. factors, without a new hearing.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Joseph Matheny v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony auto theft. The police officer did not violate Matheny’s constitutional rights by asking for his address, so there was no error in admitting his statement at trial. The trial court erred in refusing one of Matheny’s tendered jury instructions, but the error was harmless.
Marcus Willis v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass. The state failed to prove a material element of criminal trespass within the meaning of I.C. 35-43-2-2(a)(1).
In Re The Matter of K.W. and B.W., Children in Need of Services: A.W. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms court’s approval of K.W. and B.W. relocating with maternal grandparents to Wisconsin after they were placed with the grandparents following being adjudicated as children in need of services.
Dale Hite v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class B felony resisting law enforcement and sentence.
Kenneth Hunter v. Deborah Goodrich and Paul Goodrich (NFP)
Guardianship. Affirms denial of the Hunters’ petition to remove the Goodriches as P.G.’s guardian and name them as P.G.’s successor guardians.
Q.P. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms order awarding wardship of Q.P. to the Indiana Department of Correction for housing in a correction facility for children.
Indiana Public Employee Retirement Fund (PERF) v. Robert O. Effner (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Reverses award of PERF benefits to Effner to a date more than four years before he applied for benefits. Remands for proceedings consistent with the opinion.
Victor Ponce v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
Imani Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.
In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationshp of: A.A., S.T., and C.P.; and A.A. v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.
The Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.