Legal News

COA finds dual conviction violated double jeopardy

February 20, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
On a sua sponte review, the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned one conviction of a Hamilton County woman who was found guilty of charges surrounding the death of an infant in her care.
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Appeals court opens RX database to defendant’s subpoena

February 20, 2015
Dave Stafford
A woman charged with possession of a controlled substance who claimed she had a prescription may seek information from the state prescription database, the Indiana Court of Appeals held in a reversal.
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Opinions Feb. 20, 2015 ILD

February 20, 2015
Indiana Court of Appeals
Kevin Watson v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
49A02-1408-CR-536
Criminal. Affirms Watson’s conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery after a fight with his half-sister. Concludes that evidence is sufficient to rebut his self-defense claim.

In the Matter of: E.A., Jr., Child in need of Services, and E.A., Sr. (Father) and N.A. (Stepmother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
20A03-1410-JC-360
Juvenile CHINS. Remands to the trial court for more specific findings regarding its reasoning for the adjudication of E.A. as a child in need of services.

Larry Marshall v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
48A02-1406-CR-459
Criminal. Affirms the revocation of Marshall’s two-year work-release placement and two-year suspended sentence and the order for him to serve his sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.  

Danny Lewis v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
29A04-1409-CR-440
Criminal. Affirms conviction of one count of invasion of privacy, as a Class A misdemeanor.

Keytron W. Johnson v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
02A05-1408-CR-370
Criminal. Reverses and remands the trial court’s denial of Johnson’s pro se petition seeking credit time for completing various education programs. Concludes the denial was premature and contrary to the procedure established in the post-conviction rules.  

David A. Brewster v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
01A02-1408-CR-559
Criminal. Affirms four-and-a-half-year sentence for pleading guilty to domestic battery, a Class D felony; disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor under Cause Number 138; domestic battery, a Class D felony; and invasion of privacy, a Class A misdemeanor under Cause Number 184.

Troy Shawn Meyers v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
45A03-1405-CR-176
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony involuntary manslaughter.

Jesse Edward Atwood v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
73A01-1407-CR-324
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct stemming from a physical altercation between Atwood and another jail inmate.

Imari Butler v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
49A04-1406-CR-284
Criminal. Affirms Butler’s adjudication as a habitual offender.

Charles M. Woolsey v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
19A01-1407-CR-301
Criminal. Reverses summary denial of Woolsey’s petition for post-conviction relief. Finds Woolsey pleaded sufficient facts to raise an issue of possible merit. Remands for further proceedings on his ineffective assistance of counsel claim.

 

 
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Tax Court affirms denial of exemptions on lake property

February 20, 2015
Dave Stafford
A Lake Wawasee homeowners association failed to persuade the Indiana Tax Court to overturn Board of Tax Review denials of exemptions for waterfront property it claimed was maintained to retain and preserve the natural characteristics of land and water.
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Absence of evidence douses tobacco charge

February 20, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
An Indiana inmate’s punishment for allegedly trafficking in tobacco was snuffed out when the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found he was convicted without evidence of guilt.
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Texas attorney general argues gay couple's marriage is void

February 20, 2015
 Associated Press
As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrate defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court Friday why it should rule their nuptials invalid.
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House rejects changes to Sunday alcohol sales bill

February 20, 2015
 Associated Press
An effort to dial back proposed restrictions on grocery, convenience and drug stores in a bill that would legalize Sunday carryout alcohol sales was narrowly defeated Thursday in the Indiana House of Representatives.
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COA returns housewares theft case to trial court

February 19, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A department store sales clerk who was convicted of two counts of theft is entitled to a rebate on her convictions and restitution amount, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
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COA looks to Illinois for guidance on admission of naprapath’s testimony

February 19, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals found that a naprapath licensed in Illinois could testify about a woman’s injuries following a slip and fall.
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Judges rule father may tell daughter he's her dad

February 19, 2015
Dave Stafford
An out-of-state father may tell his 6-year-old daughter that he is her dad, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in reversing that part of a trial court's orders.
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Bill banning abortion due to gender, disability advances

February 19, 2015
 Associated Press
Indiana would prohibit abortions based on fetal disabilities such as Down syndrome under a bill endorsed Wednesday by an Indiana legislative committee, after women who faced such pregnancies spoke on each side of the issue.
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Indiana panel sidetracks US constitutional convention call

February 19, 2015
 Associated Press
The conservative cause asking states to call the first constitutional convention since the nation's founding is facing some skepticism among Indiana legislators.
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Greenfield seniors have identities stolen

February 19, 2015
 Associated Press
Two Indiana law enforcement agencies are investigating an identity theft ring that has made off with more than 100 identities and about $100,000.
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Justices affirm death penalty for man who killed 2 children

February 18, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Vanderburgh County man convicted of the murders of his girlfriend’s eight- and five-year-old children after setting fire to hishome in 2010 will remain on death row. The Indiana Supreme Court declined to reverse his convictions or revise his sentence.
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7th Circuit grants habeas relief for man on death row

February 18, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
An Evansville man sentenced to death for the 2001 murders of his wife and two daughters is not entitled to habeas relief on his claim of intellectual disability, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. But his petition should be granted because the state courts unreasonably applied federal due process standards in adjudicating his competency to stand trial.
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Attorney fee lien invalid if filed before judgment entered

February 18, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
An attorney who filed a lien for attorney fees prior to judgment being entered in a dissolution proceeding lost his case before the Court of Appeals after it determined Indiana statute requires the lien be filed after a judgment in the case is entered.
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6 central Indiana dental employees reach plea deals

February 18, 2015
 Associated Press
Prosecutors have struck plea agreements with six former employees of a central Indiana dental clinic in connection with a Medicaid fraud investigation.
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COA orders new trial for woman who shot and killed pastor

February 17, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a guilty but mentally ill verdict against an Indianapolis woman who killed the pastor at her church because she believed he was part of a cartel that was pitted against her. The judges held Lori Ann Barcroft’s due process rights were violated when the judge entered that verdict.
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Attorney general sues county auditor accused of theft

February 17, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is suing former Owen County Auditor Angie M. Lawson to recover more than $380,000 in embezzled taxpayer funds. Lawson also faces criminal charges stemming from the same theft of public funds.
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Tanker trailer manufacturer not entitled to sales tax refund on rehabbed tankers

February 17, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Delphi company that makes cryogenic tanker trailers as well as repairs and rehabilitates used ones could not convince the Indiana Tax Court that it should be entitled to a refund on the utilities it used to rehab used tankers.
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House Republicans block minimum-wage ballot question

February 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
Hoosier voters won’t have the opportunity to participate in a non-binding referendum on raising the minimum wage as most states have done.
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Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

February 17, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge in South Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.
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Enhancement affirmed after man exaggerated mental deficits to delay trial

February 16, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
Although a defendant has a mental disorder, he tried to exaggerate his mental deficits in order to delay or prevent a criminal trial on a bank robbery charge. The federal court saw through his act and enhanced his sentence for obstruction of justice, which the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Friday in a case of first impression.
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Counterclaims against bank dismissed for failure to state actionable claim

February 13, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the decision to dismiss a woman’s counterclaims against her mortgage holder after it sought to foreclose on her home. None of her claims, which stemmed from the denial of modifying her mortgage under a new program, stated an actionable claim.
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Indiana same-sex couple files suit to get both names listed on birth certificate

February 13, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A married lesbian couple filed a complaint in federal court charging Indiana is violating their constitutional rights by not listing both their names on their child’s birth certificate.
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