Court opinions

State performed due diligence charging man in 25-year-old attack

October 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
In a matter of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals held that state employees met the due diligence requirement of I.C. 35-41-4-2 regarding the statute of limitations in charging a man in 2013 for an attack on a 10-year-old girl in 1988.
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Drug statutes not vague, but justices dismiss ‘spice’ charges

October 7, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Two men who challenged their criminal charges for possessing chemical compound XLR11 had their charges dismissed by the Indiana Supreme Court Wednesday, but not because the statutes relating to the drug are unconstitutional as they had argued.
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Federal prisoner not entitled to additional sentence credit

October 7, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that an inmate in a federal Terre Haute prison should not receive credit for a three-year period as he argued in his habeas corpus petition.
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Court erred in not considering subsequent property settlement agreements

October 7, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in favor of a woman on her claim that her ex-husband owed her more than $2.4 million based on a 1997 property settlement agreement. The judges found the trial court should have considered subsequent property settlement agreements the two entered into without the court’s approval.
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Justices: Survivors cannot recover attorney fees

October 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The ambiguous phrase, “including but not limited to” in the state’s wrongful death statutes has again caught the attention of the Indiana Supreme Court, but this time the justices cautioned against broad interpretation.
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Insurance policy v. public policy

October 7, 2015
Dave Stafford
A starkly divided Indiana Court of Appeals opinion over whether insurance should be in play after a bicyclist was killed by an unauthorized motorist may be appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Remonstrators’ victories are short-lived

October 7, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In a string of reversals from the Indiana Court of Appeals, the judiciary seems to be saying that if a municipality indicates it will need the additional territory at some point in the future, then that is enough to allow an annexation to move forward.
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Reversal reinstates negligence claim in fall on snowy hotel lot

October 6, 2015
Dave Stafford
A trial court erred in granting summary judgment in favor of hotel defendants on a negligence claim arising after a guest slipped, fell and was injured in a parking lot covered by a dusting of snow.
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Cocaine dealing conviction affirmed over jury instruction challenge

October 6, 2015
Dave Stafford
A man convicted of dealing cocaine failed to persuade the Indiana Court of Appeals to reverse due to what he claimed was an erroneous jury instruction.
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Rogue nurse prompts call to revisit privacy rulings

October 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Noting technology is advancing faster that privacy law, an Indiana Court of Appeals judge is urging the Indiana Supreme Court to revisit precedent regarding invasion of privacy claims.
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Lawsuit continues on railroad crossing accident case

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A woman involved in a fatal car versus train accident in Boone County will be allowed to go to trial on just one of her claims: whether the railroad company failed to provide an unobstructed view at the crossing because of lack of vegetation control.
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Court ordered to reconsider expungement petition

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
An illegible handwritten note next to a docket entry in a 1976 conviction is not enough to support the trial court’s decision to deny a man’s expungement petition because he had not paid $37 in court costs. The Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the trial court to reconsider the man’s petition.
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Marion County property assessment reductions upheld

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Tax Court affirmed the decision by the Indiana Board of Tax Review to reduce the total assessed value of six parcels in an Indianapolis shopping center by several million dollars.
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Sentence upheld, but restitution order needs a second look

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The man ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to his ex-wife following misdemeanor convictions of invasion of privacy and criminal mischief will get a new hearing on the matter after the Court of Appeals sent the case back to the trial court.
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Estate loses on appeal but will get refund

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Tax Court reversed a probate court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of an estate on a claim seeking a refund of nearly $645,000 paid in inheritance tax, but the judge did find the estate is entitled to approximately $58,000 as a refund.
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COA: Case belongs in Tax Court

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A company owner seeking relief from a tax judgment should not have filed in county court, but with the Indiana Tax Court, the Court of Appeals concluded Wednesday. It ordered the case dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.
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Absent agreement, man can't be ordered to pay restitution if not convicted

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man who pleaded guilty to one count of theft for stealing grain, but admitted to stealing from the victim on other occasions, had his restitution amount reduced from nearly $150,000 to just around $28,000.
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COA divided over denial of deposition request

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals was split in a decision Wednesday regarding whether a man on trial for a drug charge should have been allowed to depose two witnesses prior to trial. The judges didn’t agree as to which caselaw is controlling in the matter.
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Court: Man participated in meth manufacturing

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A man’s conviction in Whitley County for dealing in methamphetamine by manufacturing was upheld by the Court of Appeals Wednesday. There is evidence that the man knowingly or intentionally aided an acquaintance in making methamphetamine in the home the defendant shared with his girlfriend.
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COA splits over terminating parental rights to twins

September 29, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the decision to terminate the parental rights of a mother to her twin daughters based on insufficient evidence, although one judge believed the termination should have been upheld. The court unanimously affirmed the decision to end her parental rights to her son.
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Court: Policy required notice to title insurance company

September 28, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Greensburg couple who received two legal notices that their home was going into a tax sale never notified their title insurance company about the issue, which doomed their lawsuit. The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment in favor of the title insurer.
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Federal judge awards ex-jail inmate $225K in chokehold suit

September 25, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge has awarded $225,000 to a former western Indiana jail inmate who alleged a jail officer put him in a chokehold and threw him to the ground.
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Life without parole affirmed by Indiana Supreme Court

September 24, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A Pike County man whose own expert witness raised doubts about his character failed to convince the Indiana Supreme Court he should at least be given the possibility of parole.
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Supreme Court affirms death sentence for Floyd County man

September 24, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Finding the trial court did not err or abuse its discretion during the selection of jurors for the murder trial of William Clyde Gibson II, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed his death penalty sentence.
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Post-judgment petitions for attorney fees permissible, COA rules

September 24, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Even after a trial court has entered a judgment and the case is settled, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled parties can still make a new filing for attorney fees.
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