Indiana Court of Appeals

Supreme Court takes multiple evidence admissibility appeals

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to four appeals last week, three of which hinge on admissibility of certain evidence at the trial court.
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COA remands child support case

March 27, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court did not err in finding a Marion County father is voluntarily underemployed, yet it failed to consider evidence of the father’s prevailing job opportunities or earnings level, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday.
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COA awards summary judgment to city in mountain bike liability case

March 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals granted summary judgment in favor of the city of Indianapolis and Indy Parks and Recreation department after determining that the city was not liable for injuries sustained by a mountain biker as he was riding on a city-owned trail.
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Parents lose constitutional challenge of post-secondary school expenses

March 22, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Bound by precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals declined to find the statute allowing courts to impose post-secondary educational expenses on divorced parents is unconstitutional. The parents had argued the statute needs another look.
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COA rules park with no playground cannot enhance drug conviction

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A split Indiana Court of Appeals, divided over whether a park with no trees, no playground equipment and no benches could attract children during a school day, reversed a man’s conviction for Level 4 felony dealing in methamphetamine.
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Fitness to parent raised in man’s fatal neglect appeal

March 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
A man whose 4-month-old son died of malnutrition asked an appeals court to consider whether he was mentally capable of caring for the child while also invoking the jury’s right to question witnesses in contesting his conviction and 37-year sentence.
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Paying dues under right-to-work

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
Drivers claim illegal union withholdings in case where checkoff cards are key.
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Overruling COA, justices decide Florida law group must face suit

March 21, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Florida law group that hired several Indiana attorneys to represent clients in foreclosures and bankruptcies must face a civil lawsuit, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
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Adjudicating on different CHINS petition allowed under Trial Rule 15(B), COA rules

March 21, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A troubled teenager found to be a child in need of services was properly adjudicated even though the juvenile court ruled the state did not meet its burden in proving the basis of its CHINS petition.
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Appeals court reverses CHINS finding

March 21, 2017
Dave Stafford
A trial court erred in declaring a boy in the custody of his father to be a child in need of services on account of his meth-abusing mother, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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COA orders new attempted murder trial

March 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial in a Greene County attempted murder case after finding the trial court incorrectly applied the standard of a “knowing” mens rea, rather than a “specific intent to kill.”
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Insurance company wasn’t required to cover late claim

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
An insurance company was not required to defend an Indiana doctor in a medical malpractice case because the applicable insurance policy had expired before the insurer received notice of the claim.
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Teen’s felony murder conviction upheld

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
An man’s felony murder conviction in Elkhart County will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday there was sufficient evidence to support it and that the trial court did not err in instructing the jury.
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COA: Mother denied right to counsel in adoption proceeding

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Johnson County adoption after finding the mother was denied due process when the adoption court found that she had waived her right to counsel.
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COA rejects ineffective counsel claim based on judge’s sentencing practices

March 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man who pleaded guilty to child molesting cannot prove that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday, but the post-conviction court must still address the issue of whether his plea was voluntary.
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Woman may amend tortious interference claim against Allison Transmission

March 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
A woman who alleges that an Indianapolis company contributed to her employment termination may continue her defamation claim against the company and amend her tortious interference claim pursuant to Indiana trial rules, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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COA orders post-conviction court to reduce criminal confinement sentence

March 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
A man who pleaded guilty to criminal confinement will have his sentence reduced by eight years after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday that his trial attorney’s erroneous counsel led the man to make the decision to reject a previous plea agreement.
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Trial court must reconsider convicted murderer’s PCR petition

March 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
A convicted murderer facing life without parole in Franklin County is getting a second chance at post-conviction relief after the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday the trial court did not consider all the post-conviction claims properly before it.
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COA reinstates father’s parental rights, terminates mother's

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has allowed a Huntington County father to retain his parental rights to his son but terminated the mother’s parental rights after finding that she has not remedied the circumstances that led to her son’s removal from her home.
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Court must reconsider sanction for probation violations

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana trial court must revisit the sanction it imposed pursuant to an agreement on a Washington County woman who violated her probation. The Indiana Court of Appeals held Monday that the trial court had discretion to determine what the appropriate sanction should be.
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COA upholds child molesting convictions

March 13, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a Marion County man’s various convictions for child molesting Monday, finding that the testimony of a pediatrician who examined the victim did not constitute vouching testimony.
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Judges uphold dismissal of motion to set aside dissolution decree

March 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected a LaPorte County man’s appeal of the dismissal of his motion to set aside a dissolution decree, finding he did not follow the proper procedure to have his motion heard.
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COA denies rehearing in Lake Michigan public trust case

March 10, 2017
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Court of Appeals won’t rehear its Dec. 7 decision finding that the public trust doctrine controls the shore of Lake Michigan between the ordinary high- and low-water marks, allowing people to walk the shore.
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COA affirms summary judgment to GEICO in parking lot altercation

March 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
Summary judgment was properly granted to an insurance company that declined to cover the cost of a judgment entered against one of its clients because the client did not have an “active relationship” with the insured vehicle at the time of the incident, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Friday.
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Trial court had no statutory authority to impose second public defender fee

March 10, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Marion Superior Court abused its discretion in imposing a second supplemental public defender fee on an indigent litigant because it lacked statutory authority to impose the fee, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
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