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Opinions Aug. 4, 2014

August 4, 2014
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Bruce Carneil Webster v. John F. Caraway, Warden, United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute
14-1049
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division. Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Affirms dismissal of Webster’s petition for collateral relief under 28 U.S.C. Section 2241. Agrees with District Court’s decision that the petition is blocked by Section 2255(e), under which Webster had previously sought collateral relief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the circuit where he had committed his crime.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Domingo Gonzalez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
12A04-1312-CR-643
Criminal.  Affirms convictions of Class D felony criminal confinement and Class B misdemeanor unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.

Tiffany Thompson, Jason Thompson, and Cassie Thompson v. Fields Gutter & Siding, Inc., Pamela Sue Fields, and Michael C. Ford, Jr. (NFP)
32A05-1403-CT-131
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Fields Gutter & Siding Inc., Fields and Ford on the Thompsons’ lawsuit alleging FGS was liable for Ford’s negligent acts under the theory of respondeat superior and the company breached its common law duty to use reasonable care.

Eric P. Mains v. Citibank, NA as Trustee for WAMU Series 2007-HE2 Trust (NFP)
10A04-1309-MF-450
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment against Mains in a mortgage foreclosure action brought against him and Anna V. Mains by Citibank.

Antoinette Crosslin v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Kenya Hamilton (NFP)
93A02-1305-EX-413
Agency action. Affirms determination Crosslin is ineligible for unemployment benefits.

 

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