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Opinions Feb. 7, 2014

February 7, 2014
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
The following opinion was issued after IL deadline Thursday.

Gary W. Helman v. Bruce Duhaime, et al.
12-3428
Civil. Affirms summary judgment in favor of defendants in a civil rights suit alleging police used excessive force when they shot Gary Helman, ending an armed standoff that began when authorities attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest at his home in Cromwell. Helman’s § 1983 complaint cannot survive summary judgment because he pleaded guilty to a class D felony count of resisting law enforcement in which evidence showed authorities only fired after Helman reached for his firearm.

Today’s opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals

In the Matter of the Adoption of A.A. and L.A., J.B. and S.B. v. R.C. and N.C. (NFP)
48A04-1304-AD-176
Adoption. Affirms trial court order granting maternal grandparents visitation with adopted children.

Cynthia M. Alvey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
07A01-1307-CR-328
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Steven Percifield v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A01-1307-CR-329
Criminal. Affirms order to serve 18-month suspended sentence for probation violation after a conviction of Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

In Re the Guardianship of Ruth Carter, an Incompetent Adult, Colleen F. Batt v. Marsha K. Moore (NFP)
91A02-1306-GU-538
Guardianship. Affirms establishment of guardianship.

John Joseph Ramsey II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A04-1306-CR-275
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

In Re: Adoption of L.A.C. and S.T.A., S.C. and L.A. v. N.C. and K.R. (NFP) 
48A02-1305-AD-462
Adoption. Affirms adoption of minor children without parental consent.

Patsy Moore d/b/a/ Cat Dog Trucking v. Roger Jerrell (NFP)
93A02-1308-EX-693
Agency action. Affirms order awarding worker’s compensation benefits.

 

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