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Opinions Feb. 27, 2013

February 27, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Lamont Holloway v. State of Indiana
49A02-1207-CR-548
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft. The evidence was sufficient to support the convictions.

In the Matter of the Paternity of G.W., J.W. v. R.M.

22A01-1205-JP-234
Juvenile. Reverses denial of mother’s two motions to dismiss the paternity action commenced by R.M. R.M. cannot serve as G.W.’s next friend, and R.M. failed to timely register with the Putative Father Registry, so he impliedly consented to the adoption of his minor child and is now barred from establishing paternity.

Midwest Minerals, Inc. v. Fred L. Wilson, Rick Jenkins, Joseph Kenworthy, Michael Tewell, and James Clayton, et al.

84A04-1205-MI-258
Miscellaneous. Affirms judgment in favor of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Area Plan Commission of Vigo County and the Board of Commissioners of Vigo County on Midwest Minerals’ complaint alleging inverse condemnation and seeking damages. The trial court didn’t err when it concluded that the 17-month period from the time that the public water condition was implemented until it was reversed did not constitute inverse condemnation.

Storm Damage Specialists of America d/b/a America's SDS Construction, Inc. v. Melissa A. Johnson and Michael B. Johnson

64A03-1209-CT-386
Civil tort. The trial court properly entered judgment in favor of the Johnsons after Storm Damage Specialists collected an insurance check and failed to perform any work on the Johnsons’ roof. Finds the court erred when it ordered Storm Damage Specialists to pay four times the $4,224.78 compensatory damages amount. Remands with instructions the trial court award treble damages and reduce the total judgment award by $4,224.78.

Paula Tackett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-1205-CR-267
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine and Class B felony conspiracy to commit dealing.

Michael Chambers v. State of Indiana (NFP)

53A01-1209-CR-401
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor but remands to the trial court with instructions to impose concurrent sentences.

Jason A. Cafouras v. State of Indiana (NFP)
16A01-1208-CR-347
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor of driving while suspended.

Michael Merriweather v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1204-CR-159
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies robbery and attempted robbery, Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license and Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license. Remands with instructions to correct the abstract of judgment and chronological case summary because they contain clerical errors.

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

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  1. Bill Satterlee is, indeed, a true jazz aficionado. Part of my legal career was spent as an associate attorney with Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans in Valparaiso. Bill was instrumental (no pun intended) in introducing me to jazz music, thereby fostering my love for this genre. We would, occasionally, travel to Chicago on weekends and sit in on some outstanding jazz sessions at Andy's on Hubbard Street. Had it not been for Bill's love of jazz music, I never would have had the good fortune of hearing it played live at Andy's. And, most likely, I might never have begun listening to it as much as I do. Thanks, Bill.

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