Indiana Court of Appeals

Longest-serving COA judge dies Thursday

October 1, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Patrick D. Sullivan, the longest-serving Indiana Court of Appeals judge in the court’s history, died Thursday after a brief illness, the court announced. He was 83.
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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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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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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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New prosecutor renders defendant’s request moot

September 30, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A defendant’s request to disqualify the entire LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office from his voluntary manslaughter case because several in the office viewed his conversation with his attorney recorded during a police interrogation is moot because there is a new prosecutor in office, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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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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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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Judges split 3 ways on motorist’s ambiguous response to DUI test

September 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
An apparently intoxicated motorist’s ambiguous reply to an officer’s request to perform a chemical test has resulted in a new, strict standard affirmed by only one of three judges who heard the driver’s appeal.
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Juror’s Facebook link to victim’s family no cause for rape mistrial

September 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
A trial court properly denied a convicted rapist’s bid for a mistrial because a juror failed to disclose she was a Facebook friend with a relative of the victim, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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Father wrongly ordered to pay cost of private university

September 23, 2015
Dave Stafford
A trial court wrongly ordered a father to pay college costs for his daughter based on the cost of a private university, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
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Evidence of new crimes sufficient to revoke probation

September 23, 2015
Dave Stafford
A defendant’s admission that he was trespassing and a witness’s testimony that the defendant planned to steal tin from a Greene County resident’s property was sufficient to revoke the man’s probation, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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COA affirms termination of parental rights

September 23, 2015
Dave Stafford
A mother and father of 8- and 9-year old children failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that their parental rights were improperly terminated.
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Duke rate hike from Edwardsport plant remanded

September 23, 2015
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission must weigh for the third time rate increases for Duke Energy consumers connected to delays in opening the Edwardsport coal gasification plant in Knox County.
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Dissenting judge: Majority ‘needlessly prolongs’ divorce case

September 22, 2015
Dave Stafford
A divorce case remanded to the trial court for proceedings needlessly prolonged the litigation, a dissenting Court of Appeals judge wrote Tuesday.
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Roommate’s liability in early exit from lease rightly decided

September 22, 2015
Dave Stafford
A woman who appealed a small claims court order against her former live-in boyfriend failed to convince the Indiana Court of Appeals that he owed her more money for moving out before their apartment lease was up.
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Man loses appeal over predator designation

September 22, 2015
Dave Stafford
A trial court properly denied a man’s motion for a declaratory judgment seeking to overturn a Department of Correction designation that he is a sexually violent predator and offender against children.
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COA reverses priority status for junior creditor in foreclosure

September 22, 2015
Dave Stafford
A bank that extended a $25,000 home equity line of credit to owners of a Newburgh property that subsequently was foreclosed was not entitled to a court ruling that gave its claim priority status.
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COA tosses 40-year sentence and $400,000-plus restitution

September 22, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A financial broker who bilked clients out of $8.9 million in an investment scam had his state sentence and order to pay restitution overturned by the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Successor owner must pay more to unemployment insurance

September 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A buyer of an auto parts retail business that used the same name, same signs, same location, same phone number, same inventory, same fixtures, and hired some of the same employees lost his appeal to the finding that he is liable for a higher employer rate as a successor business.
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Conviction affirmed despite Spanish jury waiver form omissions

September 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
A Spanish-speaking litigant failed to persuade an appeals court Monday that omissions on a jury trial waiver form merit reversal of his rape conviction.
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