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Opinions June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014
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The following Indiana Supreme Court opinions were issued after IL deadline Monday.
Jacob Fuller v.State of Indiana

48S02-1406-CR-364
Criminal. Affirms conviction of two counts of murder but remands to the trial court with orders to reduce the aggregate sentence from 150 years in prison to 85 years in prison. Fuller was 15 when he participated in the shooting deaths of Anderson residents Keya Prince and Stephen Streeter with another minor and an 18-year-old. Though the trial court sentence was within the allowable range, imposing it would mean denial of hope and assurance he would remain in prison the rest of his days, making good behavior or character improvement immaterial.

Martez Brown v. State of Indiana
48S02-1406-CR-363
Criminal. Affirms conviction of two counts of murder but remands to the trial court with orders to reduce the aggregate sentence from 150 years in prison to 80 years in prison. Brown was 16 when he participated in the shooting deaths of Anderson residents Keya Prince and Stephen Streeter with another minor and an 18-year-old. Though the trial court sentence was within the allowable range, imposing it would mean denial of hope and assurance he would remain in prison the rest of his days, making good behavior or character improvement immaterial.

June 3
Indiana Supreme Court

Virginia E. Alldredge and Julia A. Luker, as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of Venita Hargis v. The Good Samaritan Home, Inc.
82S01-1305-CT-363
Civil tort. Reverses summary judgment, holding that a wrongful death claim against Good Samaritan may proceed. Holds that the Fraudulent Concealment Statute may apply to the Wrongful Death Act’s two-year filing period. Remands for proceedings.


Indiana Court of Appeals
Celadon Trucking Services, Inc., a/k/a Celadon Trucking Services of Indiana v. United Equipment Leasing, LLC
30A01-1311-CC-507
Collections. Affirms trial court grant of United Equipment’s motion for relief from a May 31, 2012, order. The trial court ruling is sustainable under the trial court’s inherent power to reconsider, vacate or modify any previous order so long as the case has not proceeded to final judgment.

5200 Keystone Limited Realty, LLC v. Filmcraft Laboratories, Inc., Eric J. Spiklemire, Portrait America, Inc., A.C. Demaree, Inc., Russ Dellen, Inc., Clean Car, Inc., et al. (NFP)
49A04-1306-CT-311
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Filmcraft, Spicklemire, et al. on Keystone’s property tax claim.

Michael G. Stoner v. Amy M. Stoner (McIntire) (NFP)
38A02-1310-DR-879
Domestic. Affirms denial of father’s petition for permanent change of custody and modification of support.

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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