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Opinions July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court

Kenneth Dwayne Vaughn v. State of Indiana
45S05-1112-CR-684
Criminal. Affirms decision not to grant a mistrial. Vaughn did not suffer actual harm from the bailiff restraining him by covering Vaughn’s mouth in front of the jury so he would stop taking.
 
Indiana Court of Appeals
Erasmo Leyva, Jr. v. State of Indiana
02A03-1111-CR-535
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony child molesting. Sufficient evidence exists from which the trier of fact could find Leyva guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Judge Baker dissents, believing the victim’s testimony is incredibly dubious.  

North Gibson School Corporation v. Shea Truelock, Brian Douglas, Doyin Barrett, Tony Hensley, et al.
26A01-1111-PL-505
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of the school corporation’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by 13 bus drivers. The drivers, as unsuccessful bidders for a transportation services contract with the school, do not have a private right of action against the school corporation. The school corporation cannot be held liable for compensatory damages under the Indiana Antitrust Act.

In re the Adoption of S.W., Thomas West v. Ronnie D. Sedberry and Sondra Sedberry (NFP)
34A04-1202-AD-77
Adoption. Affirms grant of petition by the Sedberrys to adopt West’s biological daughter.

In Re: The Marriage of John Davis v. Pamela Davis (NFP)
15A05-1112-DR-649  
Domestic relation. Affirms distribution of property.

Paul Lewis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
53A01-1201-PC-1
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Andrew Huntsman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1201-CR-14
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following guilty plea to Class A misdemeanor cemetery mischief.

Vaughn Blackburn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A04-1112-CR-659
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

In the Matter of the Adoption of A.N.B.; L.T.B. v. C.J.H. (NFP)
26A01-1201-AD-30
Adoption. Affirms order granting stepfather’s petition to adopt A.N.B.

Darnell Tinker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1112-CR-587
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Ben J. Davis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
22A04-1107-CR-372
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class B felony dealing in cocaine and status as a habitual offender.

Brad W. Passwater v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1201-PC-17
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Jimmie I. Immel v. Jennifer W. Immel (NFP)
06A01-1112-DR-600
Domestic relation. Affirms order dissolving marriage and division of assets.

K.S.B., A Child Alleged to be a Delinquent Child v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1112-JV-602
Juvenile. Affirms decision to place K.S.B. in the custody of the Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village following his adjudication for intimidation.

Anthony Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1110-CR-490
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Sean Shumaker v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A03-1203-CR-133
Criminal. Affirms trial court allowing the state to file a belated answer to Shumaker’s petition for post-conviction relief and the denial of his motion for default judgment. Reverses summary denial of Shumaker’s PCR petition and remands for further proceedings.

A.K., Father v. T.L., Mother (NFP)
02A04-1112-JP-653
Juvenile paternity. Dismisses father’s appeal of order which in part denied his petition to modify custody.
 

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  1. I need an experienced attorney to handle a breach of contract matter. Kindly respond for more details. Graham Young

  2. I thought the slurs were the least grave aspects of her misconduct, since they had nothing to do with her being on the bench. Why then do I suspect they were the focus? I find this a troubling trend. At least she was allowed to keep her law license.

  3. Section 6 of Article I of the Indiana Constitution is pretty clear and unequivocal: "Section 6. No money shall be drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious or theological institution."

  4. Video pen? Nice work, "JW"! Let this be a lesson and a caution to all disgruntled ex-spouses (or soon-to-be ex-spouses) . . . you may think that altercation is going to get you some satisfaction . . . it will not.

  5. First comment on this thread is a fitting final comment on this thread, as that the MCBA never answered Duncan's fine question, and now even Eric Holder agrees that the MCBA was in material error as to the facts: "I don't get it" from Duncan December 1, 2014 5:10 PM "The Grand Jury met for 25 days and heard 70 hours of testimony according to this article and they made a decision that no crime occurred. On what basis does the MCBA conclude that their decision was "unjust"? What special knowledge or evidence does the MCBA have that the Grand Jury hearing this matter was unaware of? The system that we as lawyers are sworn to uphold made a decision that there was insufficient proof that officer committed a crime. How can any of us say we know better what was right than the jury that actually heard all of the the evidence in this case."

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