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Opinions June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: K.T.K., K.C., and K.R.K. (Minor Children), and R.C. (Mother) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services, Dearborn County Office
15S01-1306-JT-402
Juvenile. Sets aside the Court of Appeals order dismissing the mother’s appeal and affirms termination of parental rights. The record supports the trial court’s findings that the conditions resulting in the children’s continued placement outside of the home would not be remedied and termination of parental rights was in the best interest of the children. Denies father’s petition to transfer in separate order.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jesus S. Gil v. State of Indiana
24A04-1211-CR-603
Criminal. The trial court erred by failing to enter written probation terms after Gil pleaded guilty to one count of Class B felony burglary. Affirms the trial court did not abuse its discretion by imposing restitution and a fine because Gil’s open plea agreement left sentencing to the judge’s discretion, but erred in imposing $20,000 in restitution when the record didn’t establish the value of the jewelry taken or damages sustained. Remands with instructions to enter written probation terms and for a new restitution hearing. Affirms 12-year aggregate sentence.

Bennie Gavin v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A05-1211-CR-565
Criminal. Reverses and remands with instructions to vacate Gavin’s conviction of operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 or more. Affirms operating while intoxicated conviction and habitual substance offender enhancement.

Richard Brock and Gail Brock v. Pamela Gilbert (NFP)
15A05-1208-PL-401
Civil plenary. Affirms ruling in favor of Gilbert that the Brocks had gifted their dog to her.

Joshua Schulkers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A05-1210-CR-497
Criminal. Reverses and remands with instructions to vacate Schulkers’ conviction and sentence for Class D felony battery resulting in bodily injury on a child less than 14 and affirms other battery and neglect convictions.

The Indiana Tax Court posted no decisions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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