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Opinions July 6, 2010

July 6, 2010
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Today’s opinions

Indiana Supreme Court posted no opinions before IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Derrick Bush v. State of Indiana
49A02-0907-CR-682
Criminal. On rehearing, reaffirms its ruling reversing Bush’s conviction of carrying a handgun without a license. Court of Appeals originally reversed the conviction after it held a canine sniff and resulting warrantless search of Bush’s automobile violated the Fourth Amendment because the state did not meet its burden of showing the traffic stop was not unreasonably prolonged or there was independent reasonable suspicion to justify the canine sniff.

George H. Culbertson v. State of Indiana
63A01-1002-CR-68
Criminal. Affirms Culbertson’s conviction following a bench trial for Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent child. The total amount of support arrearage due was $37,400. Following a sentencing hearing on Dec. 3, 2009, the trial court sentenced Culbertson to eight years, with two years suspended to probation.

Terry Huddleston v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A04-0912-CR-705
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver following guilty plea.

Sylvario Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A05-1003-CR-158
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to withdraw a guilty plea. Remands for clarification of sentence or a new sentencing determination.

L.M., et al., Alleged to be Children in Need of Services; N.D. v. Marion County Dept. of Child Services and Child Advocates Inc. (NFP)
49A04-0911-JV-644
Juvenile. Reverses juvenile court’s adjudication of children, Le.M., L.M. Jr., and J.D., as children in need of services.
 
Roger L. Storey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A05-1001-CR-40
Criminal. Affirms six-year executed sentence following a guilty plea to Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent child.
 
Bryan Claywell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0912-CR-1214
Criminal. Reverses conviction following bench trial for Class A felony child molesting.
 
Vidal Clayton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
21A01-1001-CR-9
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order that the sentence imposed following guilty plea to Class A felony conspiracy to commit murder be served consecutively to a sentence imposed following an unrelated conviction.
 
Frank Byers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0910-CR-966
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony burglary, Class B felony robbery, and Class C felony criminal confinement.
 
Benjamin L. Underwood v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-0912-CR-707
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.
 
H & L Motors, LLC v. Millennium Auto Group Inc. (NFP)
43A03-1002-PL-105
Civil. Affirms trial court’s order dismissing H&L Motors’ complaint against Millennium Auto Group Inc.

Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions before IL deadline.
 

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