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Opinions July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Estate of Wilgus S. Gibbs, Sr.
81A01-1011-ES-560
Estate. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of Wilgus Gibbs Jr., individually and as a personal representative of the estate and executor of the will of Wilgus Gibbs Sr. Gibbs Sr.’s granddaughters failed to rebut the presumption of regularity in the execution of his will that is established by the self-proving clause. There is also no evidence of undue influence or that the will was the result of a mistake or fraud.

Charles Meek v. State of Indiana
49A02-1009-CR-964
Criminal. Affirms denial of Meek’s motion to suppress evidence discovered during a warrantless search of him during a Terry stop of his car. Meek’s admittance to smoking marijuana earlier in the day and to having a handgun on him, along with the police officer’s failure to find the source of the odor in the car and the absence of marijuana on his passenger, supported the subsequent and more thorough pat-down search of Meek that led to the discovery of contraband.

Myron Pryor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1009-CR-1176
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for permission to file a belated notice of appeal.

Shamar D. Shelton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1010-CR-571
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony receiving stolen property.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.M.C.; A.C. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
28A01-1102-JT-81
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Meshach Berry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-CR-1218
Criminal. Reverses denial of permission to file a belated notice of appeal. Remands for further proceedings.

Jason L. Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0810-CR-949
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder, Class D felony criminal recklessness, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Gary Singleton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1010-CR-575
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Rodney R. Jett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1012-CR-24
Criminal. Affirms sentence of six years for Class C felony battery.

Aaron Fromer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
03A04-1008-CR-520
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for additional credit time.

Jeffrey Cole v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1011-CR-1215
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Shane Cummings v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1009-CR-537
Criminal. Affirms convictions of five counts of child molesting – one as a Class C felony, three as Class A felonies, and one as a Class B felony.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  3. Indiana up holds this behavior. the state police know they got it made.

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  5. Agreed on 4th Amendment call - that was just bad policing that resulted in dismissal for repeat offender. What kind of parent names their boy "Kriston"?

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