Opinions Aug. 11, 2014

August 11, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Dwight Hayes v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor pointing a firearm. Finds the trial court properly rejected Hayes’ proposed jury instructions based on Indiana’s stand-your-ground law because there was no evidence that his property was being attacked when he pointed two handguns at a woman trying to serve him with legal documents.

L.C. Westervelt, Margaret Fox, Joe Dan Trigg, Attorney-in-Fact and Trustee for Lillian Guild, Marilyn Guild, Ramah Lee Jones, Janice Trigg, et al. v. George Woodcock III, d/b/a West Drilling Company
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment against Carolyn Sue Stinson and remands to the trial court to enter summary judgment for Stinson. The Posey Circuit Court determined Stinson’s ownership in a mineral interest had lapsed. However, the Court of Appeals found the judgment for Woodcock was in error because Stinson had paid taxes which prevented the lapse of her mineral interest. Judge Mark Bailey concurred in result.  

Colton Milam v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class B misdemeanor public intoxication, finding there is insufficient evidence to sustain the conviction.

Marcus Richardson v. Wendy Knight
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s transfer of Marcus Richardson’s petition for writ of habeas corpus from Madison Circuit Court to the sentencing Marion Superior Court. Because the petition is an attack on the validity of Richardson’s conviction of murder and 60-year sentence, it is to be treated as a petition for post-conviction relief and must be transferred to the sentencing court.

Micah T. Lminggio v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in a narcotic drug and two counts of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Kevin L. Curry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief.

In the Matter of the Commitment of E.L., E.L. v. Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital and Carey Mayer, M.D. (NFP)
Mental health. Affirms involuntary mental health commitment, order for forced medication and order for transport to Richmond State Hospital.

Mike Meyer, Trustee v. Susan Orth, Allen County Treasurer, and Tera K. Klutz, Allen County Auditor, LRB Holdings, Inc. v. Mark Linker, Deborah Linker, America's Wholesale Lender, et al. (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of motion to vacate judgment.

James Mantz v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Dismisses motion for immediate discharge from unlawful imprisonment.  

Robert D. Bowen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms resentencing on remand from Indiana Supreme Court.

Lisa Ritchie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Jimmie T. Bowen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms three-year sentence of Class D felony theft.

Bulent Colak v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony battery.

John Anthony v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Christopher Woodburn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony domestic battery.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: T.D. and M.D. (minor children); A.D. (Father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Chanse T. Starr v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms eight-year sentence for conviction of Class C felony burglary served consecutively to a previous conviction of Class C felony corrupt business influence.
Gerardo Nino Romero v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief.
Donald Woods v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief.
Christopher Lawson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms aggregate 20-year sentence for convictions of Class B felony possession of a narcotic drug within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, two counts of Class D felony neglect of a dependent and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Robert Hoffman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands. Affirms conviction of Class D felony strangulation, but reverses imposition of a domestic violence fee and remands with instructions to vacate that part of the judgment.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.