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Opinions Feb. 3, 2011

February 3, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court
Clifton Mauricio v. State of Indiana
02S03-1009-PC-501
Post conviction. Reverses denial of petition for post-conviction relief and remands for re-sentencing. The Supreme Court cannot say that the trial court would have sentenced Mauricio to 50 years notwithstanding its reference to a statute that was later held to be inapplicable.

Indiana Court of Appeals
The following opinions are from Feb. 2, 2011:
Spencer R. Norvell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1006-CR-696
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for withdrawal of guilty plea.

Shane O. Bright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
58A01-1005-CR-243
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony possession of methamphetamine with a firearm and Class D felony possession of cocaine.

Tra Hibbard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
28A05-1008-CR-537
Criminal. Affirms 45-year sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class B felony operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in blood causing death and one count of Class C felony criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon resulting in serious bodily injury.

George G. Casillas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1006-CR-370
Criminal. Affirms sentence following convictions of Class D felonies strangulation and domestic battery.

Today’s opinions
Anthonia R. McWhorter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1006-CR-334
Criminal. Affirms 12-year sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Eric Daniels v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1005-CR-531
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft.

Michael Linner, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al. (NFP)
71A04-1005-MF-391
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms order denying the Linners' motion to correct error following entry of summary judgment against them in subsequent proceedings relating to a foreclosure action brought by Wells Fargo Bank.

Richard N. Bell v. Nancy D. Bell (NFP)
49A05-1005-DR-315
Domestic relation. Affirms disposition of the marital estate following dissolution of the Bells’ marriage.

Larry M. Gonzalez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1005-CR-295
Criminal. Reverses one conviction of child molesting as a Class A felony and affirms the remaining three convictions of child molesting, one as a Class A felony and two as Class C felonies.  

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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