Opinions – Aug. 21, 2013
Indiana Court of Appeals
Rodney Melton v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molesting and Class D felony dissemination of matter harmful to minors, rejecting an argument that the dissemination statute requires a “performance” under that law be public. The court also found Melton’s 11-year aggregate sentence was not inappropriate in light of his character and the nature of the offense.
In Re: The Matter of A.H., and S.H., Minor Children, V.H., Mother v. Indiana Department of Child Services
Juvenile. Affirms trial court order granting Department of Child Services petitions to interview minor children on a complaint the mother was using and selling drugs despite no evidence in a home search or drug screen of the mother. The majority held that DCS’s interest could be served only by interviewing the children and that mother’s due process rights were not violated. Dissenting Judge Patricia Riley would dismiss the case as moot because the trial court declined to stay the order allowing the interviews.
In the Matter of the Commitment of T.K. v. Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental health. Affirms order for regular commitment, agreeing that T.K. was suffering from mental illness and was a danger to others. Although T.K. never harmed anyone, the COA finds his persistent threatening phone calls and hostile behavior is sufficient to find him a danger and to support his involuntary commitment to a mental health facility.
Dustin Trowbridge v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence for conviction of murder, rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, theft, auto theft, abuse of a corpse and escape.
Runyon Equipment Rental, Inc. v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Stephen Mortimore (NFP)
Agency action. Reverses Indiana Department of Workforce Development Review Board’s grant of unemployment benefits and remands to the review board, also reversing a denial of a trial court order denying Runyon’s request to present additional evidence.
John Aaron Shoultz, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder and Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
Luke Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction and seven-year executed sentence on a charge of Class C felony robbery.
David A. Perry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation on a conviction of Class D felony possession of a controlled substance.
Marcella Mullins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms on interlocutory appeal denial of a motion to suppress evidence gathered in a police protective sweep of her residence that resulted in charges of multiple felony methamphetamine charges and related counts.
Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline Wednesday.
7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline Wednesday.