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Opinions Aug. 21, 2014

August 21, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
James S. Littrell v. State of Indiana
79A02-1401-CR-24
Criminal.  Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of cocaine. Finds Littrell’s right to a fast and speedy trial was not violated, the evidence is sufficient to support his conviction, and his sentence is appropriate. Remands for the sole purpose of correcting a typographical error in the guilty plea and sentencing orders.

Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Inc., Save the Valley, Inc., Sierra Club, and Valley Watch, Inc. v. Duke Energy Indiana, Inc., Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, et al.
93A02-1310-EX-835
Agency action.  Affirms an order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approving Duke Energy’s request to include power plant construction costs incurred April – September 2012 in a rate adjustment rider, in implementation of a settlement agreement between Duke, the Indiana Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor and other entities. The interveners have not demonstrated that the commission acted contrary to law by approving the order.

Darryll Beamon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1312-CR-632
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class D felony theft and remands for resentencing on Beamon’s conviction of resisting law enforcement.

Latorrea D. Ware v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1401-CR-18
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

John Naylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
31A01-1301-PC-4
Post conviction. Affirms denial of pro se petition for post-conviction relief.

Antonio D. Rose v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1312-PC-478
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Kurnie Nickson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1307-CR-658
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of battery – one as a Class C felony for being committed by means of a deadly weapon and one as a Class A misdemeanor for resulting in serious bodily injury. Reverses sentence because it is inappropriate and remands for resentencing.

Darryl J. Goodwin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A05-1309-CR-468
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for two Class C felony counts of stalking and Class D felony residential entry.

Leonard Abshier, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1401-CR-19
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Megan Renea Mecum v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A04-1401-CR-4
Criminal.  Affirms convictions of murder, Class D felony theft, Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy and Class C felony conspiracy to commit robbery.

David Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1312-CR-1032
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

John Watson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1312-CR-1025
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.
 

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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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