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Opinions June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Tax Court and Indiana Supreme Court issued no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Alan Patrick McEntee v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
75A03-1106-MF-277
Mortgage foreclosure. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Wells Fargo and remands to the trial court, holding that the court erred because Wells Fargo failed to establish there was no material fact that McEntee had defaulted; and that Wells Fargo failed to establish the absence of a genuine issue of material fact as to McEntee’s affirmative defense.  

Victoria Peak v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1112-CR-1096
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Jeffrey D. Pruitt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1110-CR-576
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony criminal recklessness.

Kunta K. Gray v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1111-PC-623
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Robert Sean Morphett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1110-CR-565
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery.

Suzanne Throgmartin v. Gregg Appliances, Inc. (NFP)
84A05-1110-MF-573
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms trial court’s dismissal of Throgmartin’s third-party complaint against Gregg Appliances.

Kimberly S. Lakin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
91A02-1107-CR-655
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Jennifer Alao-Hamed v. Adeniran Alao-Hamed (NFP)
49A02-1110-DR-1017
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s grant of husband’s motion to correct error.

Michael Eward v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1110-CR-934
Criminal. Affirms convictions of one count Class A misdemeanor and one count Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  

Shawn Lamont Alexander v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1109-CR-424
Criminal. Affirms sentences for two counts of Class A felony attempted murder and two counts of Class C felony attempted robbery.

Kenneth Watson v. P.C. Operating, LLC d/b/a Mentone Mini Mart, Paladin Global Development, Paladin Commercial LLC and Scientific Games International, Inc. (NFP)
43A04-1202-PL-55
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court’s dismissal of Watson’s complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction based upon collateral estoppel.

Michael Priddy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
31A01-1110-CR-455
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for eight counts of Class B felony child molesting.  

Martin A. Harriman v. Kristina A. Harriman (NFP)
41A01-1111-DR-513
Domestic relation. Reverses trial court’s determination on amount of health care costs owed to Kristina Harriman with instructions to vacate the order requiring Martin Harriman to pay or hold a hearing to determine the correct amount. Affirms in all other regards.
 

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