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Opinions June 1, 2011

June 1, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court
Jeffery Sloan v. State of Indiana
18S04-1009-CR-502
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class A felony and Class C felony child molesting. Holds once concealment has been established, statutes of limitations for criminal offenses are tolled under Indiana Code 35-41-4-2(h) until a prosecuting authority becomes aware or should have become aware of sufficient evidence to charge the defendant. Also holds that under the facts of this case, there was no double jeopardy violation because each challenged offense was established by separate and distinct facts. Justices Sullivan and Rucker dissent.
 
Indiana Court of Appeals
Eddie Vance, Jr. v. State of Indiana
18A04-1011-CR-701
Criminal. Affirms decision to recommit Vance to the Department of Correction because he was released for parole prematurely. The trial court had personal jurisdiction over him and acted within a reasonable time when it reordered him back to the DOC.

Jonathan Wirth v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co.
22A01-1009-CT-440
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of American Family Mutual Insurance, in which the court found American Family is entitled to repayment of its medical lien pursuant to its insurance contract with Wirth. Wirth negotiated his settlement with the tortfeasor, which was completely satisfied as evidenced by the executed Release of All Claims form. In absence of any evidence that the settlement was reasonable and American Family’s lien should be reduced, American Family is entitled to complete repayment of its medical lien.

Antione A. Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1010-CR-1162
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony battery and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Joseph K. Todd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A03-1011-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony failure to appear.

Julius Cabell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1010-CR-548
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress marijuana and statements made to police.

William Soper v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1009-CR-611
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for jail time credit.

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nvoluntary Commitment of A.K. (NFP)
18A02-1011-MH-1199
Mental health. Affirms order for A.K.’s regular involuntary commitment.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


 

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  5. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

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