Opinions April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Marcus Curlin
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Criminal. Affirms District Court’s decision to deny motion to suppress, without an evidentiary hearing, stating Marcus Curlin failed to identify any disputed issues of fact that affect the outcome of the motion.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Melissa Kay Sneed v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to reduce bail. Affirms amount of bail, but reverses court’s decision to require cash-only payment of bail, ruling court abused its discretion. Remands for further proceedings.

BP Products North America, et al. v. Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, et al.
Civil. Affirms Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s order, as it pertains to the contract with the City of Whiting. Reverses commission’s order as it applies to contracts with U.S. Steel, Ineos, Praxair, and Marsulex, stating the commission erred in its interpretation of the controlling statutes and case law. Remands with instructions that the commission vacate this portion of the order.

Richard Sigo, Jr. v. Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Co.
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s finding that the probative value of Richard Sigo’s criminal trial for arson and acquittal was substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice to insurer.

Anthony Price, Jr. v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, and Class A felony conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine. States that the 40-year sentence is appropriate, given Price’s past felony record.

Sharon S. York, et al. v. Donald Fredrick, et al.
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of the Yorks’ claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress and grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants. The trial court did not err in granting summary judgment for the defendants as to the Yorks’ claims of breach of fiduciary relationship, gross negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Affirms trial court’s decision to deny the Yorks’ motion to strike the supplement to fact and reply brief filed by Robert Evans and Sexton Wilbert and the Yorks’ motion to reconsider granting leave to the defendants to file supplement to facts and reply brief.

Barry T. Owens v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms sentence for two counts of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and one count of Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, stating trial court did not abuse its discretion when it failed to hold a hearing to determine ability to reimburse the Public Defender Fund at the time of initial sentencing.

Allan B. Zukerman, et al. v. Robert L. Montgomery, et al.
Civil collection. Reverses trial court’s order granting motions to enforce a mediated settlement agreement on the basis that the settlement agreement is not sufficiently definite and certain so that the intention of the parties may be ascertained. Remands for further proceedings.

Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Gloria D. Tussey (NFP)
Civil tort. Affirms award of $100,000 in damages for underinsured motorist benefits claim.

Jerry Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Vacates order of restitution and remands for determination of appropriate restitution amount.

Dametrick M. Gray v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery.

Eric Nevels v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, Class A felony conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine, and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Kurtis Shorter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentences for Class D felony resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor operating while license is suspended, and Class B misdemeanor of failure to stop after property damage accident.

Malcolm Armour v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s denial of demand for trial setting and motion to transport defendant to Marion County Jail for purpose of trial preparation and competency evaluation. Remands for further proceedings.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of K.V.; P.V. v. IDCS (NFP)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms trial court’s determination that the mother freely and voluntarily relinquished her parental rights.

Calvert Byrd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanor battery and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime.

Zuryzaday J. Flores v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony criminal deviate conduct and Class B felony burglary.

Margaret Roupp, et al. v. Robert Roupp (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s denial of Family and Social Services Administration’s motion to correct error, and remands with instructions to vacate spousal support order.

Renee Wilson v. Indiana Horse Racing Commission (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Affirms order dismissing with prejudice the petition for judicial review of a decision of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission granting Wilson only a conditional horse racing trainer’s license containing the restriction that the horses she trained be stabled in Indiana.

Marlonda Tigner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following conviction of Class D felony theft and adjudication as an habitual offender.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


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  1. Freedom From Religion Foundation: If you really want to be free from religion, don't go to the Christmas Play or the Christmas Pageant or the Christmas Parade. Anything with "Christ" or Saint...fill in the blank...would be off limits to you. Then leave the rest of us ALONE!

  2. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  3. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  4. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  5. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon