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Opinions Aug. 29, 2012

August 29, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Willis Pryor v. State of Indiana
49A02-1202-CR-101
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. Pryor’s trial counsel’s failure to preserve his right to a jury trial denied Pryor effective assistance of counsel. Remands with instructions to vacate the conviction and hold a new trial by jury.

Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. Bill Gaddis Chrysler Dodge, Inc., Garrett Gaddis and Edward Foster
18A02-1112-PL-1087
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Auto-Owner’s motion for summary judgment in the declaratory judgment action. The trial court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Auto-Owners’ motion to strike Foster’s response as untimely. The trial court should have stricken four late-filed affidavits, but the insurer didn’t show it was prejudiced by the denial of its motion to strike.

Margaret R. Smith and Darrell G. Smith v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, as Trustee Under the Pooling and Servicing Agreement, Dated as of June 1, 2003, et al. (NFP)
89A01-0702-CV-94
Civil. Affirms summary judgment in a foreclosure action brought by JPMorgan Chase Bank.

Edward LeFlore v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A01-1111-CR-551
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony burglary, Class B felonies robbery and criminal confinement, Class C felony intimidation with a deadly weapon, Class D felony fleeing law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license, and adjudication as a habitual offender.

Robert Brandon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1202-CR-53
Criminal. Affirms Class A felony robbery conviction and aggregate 60-year sentence. Orders burglary conviction be reduced from a Class A felony to a Class B felony and resentenced.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of J.K., M.K., and C.K. (Minor Children); and S.P. (Mother) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services and Lake County CASA (NFP)
45A03-1201-JT-45
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Jerry L. Ward, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A04-1201-CR-54
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea and affirms Ward’s sentence.

William N. Gerard v. Althea L. Gerard (NFP)
90A04-1112-DR-642
Domestic relation. Affirms award of attorney and expert witness fees to Althea Gerard in the action involving modification of William Gerard’s parenting time.

Timothy Tingle v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-976
Criminal. Affirms admittance of evidence related to a duffle bag and its contents during a bench trial for various drug charges.

Jean D. Schoknecht v. Susan E. Dunlap f/k/a Hasemeier and f/k/a Scribner (NFP)
49A02-1201-CP-37
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of landlord Schoknecht’s complaint against tenant Dunlap pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 41(E).

Eugene Strader v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1201-CR-57
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Bradley J. Vossberg, and Diana Jachimiak v. Glen A. Gray, Kimberly L. Gray, and Kevin Hardie, d/b/a The Hardie Group (NFP)
34A04-1110-PL-546
Civil plenary. Affirms award of damages to the Grays but reverses with regard to the award of damages to Hardie.

In the Matter of A.J.J.: J.J. v. S.H. (NFP)
71A03-1112-JP-568
Juvenile paternity. Affirms dismissal of motion to terminate support.
 

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