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Opinions July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
J.L., Child Alleged to be C.H.I.N.S.; J.L. v. I.D.C.S.
32A01-1010-JC-532
Juvenile CHINS. Affirms trial court’s finding that mother’s two sons are children in need of services, because of the mother’s repeated unsubstantiated claims that the father was abusing the boys.

James W. Oldham v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1009-CR-974
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class B felony robbery and two counts of Class B felony criminal confinement.

Aaron Aaron v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1101-CR-187
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Nynthia Richardson v. BAC Home Loans Services L.P., et al. (NFP)
27A02-1011-MF-1206
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to set aside a default judgment entered in favor of BAC Home Loans Servicing.

S.R. v. Review Board (NFP)
93A02-1011-EX-1233
Civil. Affirms decision by Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Review Board that Stephen Riner voluntarily left employment without good cause and is not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Roy L. Harrison v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1010-CR-1094
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s revocation of probation, holding that a probable cause affidavit was filed improperly and therefore cannot be used to establish an alleged probation violation. Remands for new hearing on probation revocation.

Douglas Mowry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1009-CR-1017
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Patrick W. Scholl v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1012-CR-663
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to dismiss and affirms court’s authorization of lifetime driver’s license suspension.

Robert Hinton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1012-CR-1330
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of Robert Hinton’s motion to withdraw a guilty plea to Class A felony dealing in cocaine.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.




 

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