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Opinions March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline Thursday.
Indiana Supreme Court
David K. Murphy v. State of Indiana
18S02-1103-CR-142
Criminal. Reverses trial court ruling that Murphy submit his request for six months of educational credit time for receiving his GED while awaiting sentencing to the Department of Correction. Adopts the result reached by the Indiana Court of Appeals that the trial court is the proper authority to determine whether a defendant who completes an educational degree before sentencing is entitled to educational credit time. Remands for further proceedings.

Today’s opinions
Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Molly C. Wilson v. Charles W. Wilson (NFP)
62A04-1004-DR-269
Domestic relation. Affirms order dissolving marriage and distributing marital property.

Claudia Scott v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1006-CR-385
Criminal. Affirms on interlocutory appeal the denial of Scott’s motion to suppress.

Kenneth Hawkins v. Debra Hawkins (NFP)
49A05-1007-DR-446
Domestic relation. The trial court abused its discretion by assigning a value of $181,800 to Kenneth’s vested pension without consideration of the present value of the benefit. Affirms in all other respects. Remands for further proceedings.

Steven A. Ratliff v. Marlene M. (Ratliff) Bontzolakes (NFP)
41A01-1005-DR-242
Domestic relation. Dismisses Ratliff’s appeal of the trial court order that he pay for college expenses incurred by his daughter.

Justin Looney v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1007-CR-395
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in cocaine but reverses his sentence and remands for re-sentencing. The trial court abused its sentencing discretion in finding Looney’s juvenile record and his lack of steady employment to be an aggravating circumstance.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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