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Opinions July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Ryan E. Bean v. State of Indiana
91A02-1310-CR-912
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A felony child molesting. Finds Bean was denied a fair trial because of fundamental error. Testimony from the victim’s mother and an Indiana Department of Child Services investigator impermissibly vouched for the victim’s credibility and invaded the province of the jury to determine the validity of the witness’s statements. The prosecutor reinforced this vouching testimony in his closing arguments. Also, the prosecutor committed misconduct when he asked the county sheriff about the process for investigating child molesting allegations in general. The sheriff’s testimony left the jurors wondering what Bean told police and, therefore, penalized the defendant for invoking his right to counsel.

Richard Dodd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1312-CR-475
Criminal. Affirms resentencing order of 55 years in prison for conviction of Class A felony attempted murder and class C felony burglary.

Martin's Markets, Inc., Dale Martin and Alisa Martin v. Coonie's Corner, LLC (NFP)
72A05-1401-MF-41
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court denial of Martin’s Markets’ motion to deem a judgment against them in favor of Coonie’s Corner discharged.

Charles Gaylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1312-CR-520
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed by the trial court after Gaylor admitted violating terms of probation.

Jaime Miguel Cordero v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1401-CR-28
Criminal. Affirms 45-year aggregate sentence and convictions of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct and Class B felony burglary.

In Re: The Petition of John Oberleas for Issuance of Tax Deed, Tax Sale Certificates #801063, 801066, 801067, 801068, Parcel No. 006-00168-00; 006-01232-00; 006-01233-00; 006-01234-00; et al (NFP)
80A05-1402-MI-70
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s denial of Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC’s motion to set aside an order directing issuance of tax deeds and the tax sale of a property to which it had obtained an interest.

William Hodapp, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
07A01-1307-CR-342
Criminal. On rehearing, reaffirms Hodapp’s conviction of Class B felony incest.

Mark Keaton v. Christine L. Zook (NFP)
53A01-1401-PL-38
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of summary judgment on favor of Christine Zook on Mark Keaton’s malicious prosecution and abuse of process claims.

Grover E. Lowe v. State of Indiana (NFP)
76A04-1311-CR-572
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of methamphetamine.

John Hollins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1308-PC-719
Post-conviction. Affirms denial of relief from Hollins’ 110-year aggregate sentence for convictions of three counts of Class A felony rape, one count of Class A felony criminal deviate conduct, one count of Class B felony criminal confinement and his adjudication as a habitual offender.

Joshua W. Doughty v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A01-1311-CR-483
Criminal. Affirms 40-year executed sentence for conviction of Class A felony child molesting.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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  1. Hysteria? Really Ben? Tell the young lady reported on in the link below that worrying about the sexualizing of our children is mere hysteria. Such thinking is common in the Royal Order of Jesters and other running sex vacays in Thailand or Brazil ... like Indy's Jared Fogle. Those tempted to call such concerns mere histronics need to think on this: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-12-year-old-girl-live-streamed-her-suicide-it-took-two-weeks-for-facebook-to-take-the-video-down/ar-AAlT8ka?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartanntp

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  3. This is happening so much. Even in 2016.2017. I hope the father sue for civil rights violation. I hope he sue as more are doing and even without a lawyer as pro-se, he got a good one here. God bless him.

  4. JLAP and other courtiers ... Those running court systems, have most substance abuse issues. Probably self medicating to cover conscience issues arising out of acts furthering govt corruption

  5. I whole-heartedly agree with Doug Church's comment, above. Indiana lawyers were especially fortunate to benefit from Tom Pyrz' leadership and foresight at a time when there has been unprecedented change in the legal profession. Consider how dramatically computer technology and its role in the practice of law have changed over the last 25 years. The impact of the great recession of 2008 dramatically changed the composition and structure of law firms across the country. Economic pressures altered what had long been a routine, robust annual recruitment process for law students and recent law school graduates. That has, in turn, impacted law school enrollment across the country, placing upward pressure on law school tuition. The internet continues to drive significant changes in the provision of legal services in both public and private sectors. The ISBA has worked to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for all who need it and to raise general public understanding of Indiana laws and procedures. How difficult it would have been to tackle each of these issues without Tom's leadership. Tom has set the tone for positive change at the ISBA to meet the evolving practice needs of lawyers of all backgrounds and ages. He has led the organization with vision, patience, flexibility, commitment, thoughtfulness & even humor. He will, indeed, be a tough act to follow. Thank you, Tom, for all you've done and all the energy you've invested in making the ISBA an excellent, progressive, highly responsive, all-inclusive, respectful & respected professional association during his tenure there.

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