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February 21, 2013
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The following Indiana Supreme Court decisions were posted Wednesday after IL deadline:
Kathleen Peterink v. State of Indiana
57S03-1302-CR-136
Criminal. Affirms Peterink’s original sentence of one year imprisonment, suspended the sentence entirely, and placed her on probation for one year, six months of which was to be served on home detention. Affirms the Court of Appeals order that the trial court amend the sentencing order to allow for credit time for home detention.

Joey Jennings v. State of Indiana
53S01-1209-CR-526
Criminal. Summarily affirms sufficient evidence supports the Class B misdemeanor conviction for vandalizing another man’s truck. Holds that the phrase “term of imprisonment” as used in Indiana’s misdemeanor sentencing statute, does not include time suspended from a sentence. Remands for the trial court to impose a probationary period not to exceed 355 days – the difference between one year and the 30 days Jennings was ordered to serve in prison.

Thursday’s opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals
Curtis Tyrell Cutler v. State of Indiana

71A05-1206-CR-339
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary. Finds there was sufficient evidence to warrant a jury finding beyond a reasonable doubt that Cutler committed the burglary. Holds the trial court did not err in permitting the use of a statement Cutler made to police for impeachment.

Robert A. Carmer v. State of Indiana (NFP)

03A04-1208-CR-427
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

David Purlee v. State of Indiana (NFP)

88A01-1210-IF-458
Infraction. Reverses entry of default judgment against Purlee for driving while suspended and remands for further proceedings.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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