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Opinions Jan. 20, 2011

January 20, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Nathaniel Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1005-CR-466
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in a narcotic drug and Class A felony dealing in a narcotic drug.

Daniel Buchanan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
07A04-1003-CR-181
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class B felony armed robbery, and one count each of Class B felony criminal confinement and Class B felony burglary.

Deborah Walton, et al. v. Claybridge Homeowners Association, Inc. (NFP)
29A05-1006-MF-399
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms summary judgment order granting foreclosure of a judgment lien on Walton’s residence in favor of Claybridge Homeowners Association.

Christopher M. Lee v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1006-CR-282
Criminal. Affirms aggregate sentence of 20-and-a-half years with 16 years executed and four-and-a-half years suspended to probation.

Anthony Bedolla v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-CR-368
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Austin Zell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1006-CR-371
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Zell serve three years in the Department of Correction.

Gregory Fording v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1006-CR-604
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Brian Biddle v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1005-CR-262
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and the revocation of probation.

Michael Stiles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1005-CR-590
Criminal. Reverses sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated and to being a habitual offender. Remands with instructions to correct the sentencing order.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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