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Opinions June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had issued no opinions by IL deadline.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Svetlana Arizanovska v. Wal-Mart Stores, Incorporated
11-3387
U. S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Affirms District Court’s finding of summary judgment against Arizanovska on her claims of discrimination, retaliation and other state-law claims against her employer, Wal-Mart. Holds that Wal-Mart’s suggestion that Arizanovska take an unpaid leave of absence was outlined in company policy and was not an adverse, retaliatory response to her filing a discrimination claim.

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Involuntary Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of V.B., and R.B.; R.B. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
49A05-1111-JT-654
Juvenile. Affirms termination of father’s parental rights.

Anthony Tyrone White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1109-CR-871
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in home detention.

Eric D. Smith v. Steve Euler, Melvin Brooks, Marty Sexton, and Jason Jacob (NFP)
46A03-1110-CT-493
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s denial of “veteran pro se litigant” Smith’s motion for relief from judgment. Holds the appeal was in bad faith and remands for determination of appellate attorney fees to which appellees may be entitled.

Carlton P. Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1108-CR-384
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony arson.

Jack Arthur Griffin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
30A05-1112-CR-689
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony burglary.

Michael J. Maurer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
17A03-1112-CR-552
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order denying Maurer’s motion to suppress.

Hassan M. Aljarah v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1111-CR-541
Criminal. Affirms conviction of attempted murder.

Donato Luna-Quintero v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-931
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

James O. Reichenbaugh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1110-CR-492
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class A felony child molesting, two counts of Class C felony child molesting, two counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor.
 

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