Opinions Jan. 26, 2012

January 26, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jeff Reeves v. Citizens Financial Services
Agency appeal. Affirms Worker’s Compensation Board’s decision that Reeves had reached maximum medical improvement, had a permanent partial impairment of five percent and wasn’t entitled to ongoing palliative care. Reeves failed to identify what type of care he should receive and the undisputed evidence does not show that palliative care limits the extent of his impairment.

Associated Estates Realty Corporation v. Angela Mason (NFP)
Civil tort. Grants rehearing and affirms original decision to reverse the denial of Associated Estates Realty Corp.’s motion for relief from judgment.

Duane R. Tackett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class B felonies rape, sexual misconduct with a minor and criminal deviate conduct and Class D felony child solicitation.

Richard H. Edwards v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Meridian S.E.T., LLC v. Auditor of Marion County, Assessor of Marion County, and City of Indianapolis/Marion County (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of the auditor, assessor and city of Indianapolis.

Moustapha Barry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Diana Bible v. St. Vincent Hospital (NFP)
Agency appeal. Affirms decision to deny claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

James Patrick Flinn v. Courtney Sue Flinn and James Erick Flinn (NFP)
Civil plenary. Reverses grant of Courtney Flinn’s motion for summary judgment on James Patrick Flinn’s complaint for conversion. Remands for further proceedings.

Casey Jackson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury.

Ruth Dishman, Personal Rep. of the Estate of Julie A. Etchison v. Community Hospitals of Indiana, Inc., Medcheck Anderson, Troy Abbott, M.C., and Stephen Robertson (NFP)
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of partial summary judgment in favor of the medical defendants and Stephen Robertson in conjunction with a proposed complaint for medical malpractice.

Dairius Redding v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms decision to admit results of a buccal swab DNA analysis at trial and the finding of aggravating factors at sentencing.

Angelina M. Sanders v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony domestic battery in the presence of a child.

Stacey Sills v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class C felony child molesting and one count of Class C felony child exploitation.

Lawrence Peterson and Fredrick Edmond v. Bruce Lemmon, et al. (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Affirms order granting a motion to dismiss action for mandate.

Jonathan Paugh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses finding that Paugh is a credit restricted felon.



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  1. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  2. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.

  3. maybe if some of the socia workers would treat the foster parents better, they would continue to fostr.

  4. We have been asked to take in a 2 no old baby because mother is in very unstable situation. We want to do this but will need help with expenses such as medical and formula... Do we have to have custody thru court?

  5. Very troubling. A competent public defender is very much the right of every indigent person in the US or the Fifth amendment becomes meaningless. And considering more and more of us are becoming poorer and poorer under this "system," the need for this are greater than ever.... maybe they should study the Federals and see how they manage their program? And here's to thanking all the PD attorneys out there who do a good job.