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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. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

  3. This outbreak illustrates the absurdity of the extreme positions taken by today's liberalism, specifically individualism and the modern cult of endless personal "freedom." Ebola reminds us that at some point the person's own "freedom" to do this and that comes into contact with the needs of the common good and "freedom" must be curtailed. This is not rocket science, except, today there is nonstop propaganda elevating individual preferences over the common good, so some pundits have a hard time fathoming the obvious necessity of quarantine in some situations....or even NATIONAL BORDERS...propagandists have also amazingly used this as another chance to accuse Western nations of "racism" which is preposterous and offensive. So one the one hand the idolatry of individualism has to stop and on the other hand facts people don't like that intersect with race-- remain facts nonetheless. People who respond to facts over propaganda do better in the long run. We call it Truth. Sometimes it seems hard to find.

  4. It would be hard not to feel the Kramers' anguish. But Catholic Charities, by definition, performed due diligence and held to the statutory standard of care. No good can come from punishing them for doing their duty. Should Indiana wish to change its laws regarding adoption agreements and or putative fathers, the place for that is the legislature and can only apply to future cases. We do not apply new laws to past actions, as the Kramers seem intent on doing, to no helpful end.

  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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