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Opinions May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Heriberto Suarez v. State of Indiana
02A05-1106-PC-325
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. The court did not err in denying his claim that he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

Timothy Hammerlund v. State of Indiana
33A05-1110-CR-562
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation. The record fails to establish that Hammerlund’s wavier of counsel was anything other than knowing, intelligent and voluntary.

City of Gary and Gary Sanitation District v. Indiana Department of Environmental Management and City of Hobart
49A02-1106-MI-553
Miscellaneous. Affirms court order affirming order of the Office of Environmental Adjudication, which upheld IDEM’s decision to issue a permit to Hobart to operate a new wastewater treatment plant. IDEM’s decision was neither arbitrary nor capricious and the decision was in accordance with the law and supported by substantial evidence.

Brian Otte v. State of Indiana
84A01-1108-CR-356
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony residential entry; three counts of Class B misdemeanor battery; Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief; Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; Class B misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident resulting in damage to unattended vehicle; and the finding that Otte is a habitual offender. There was no error in the trial court’s Criminal Rule 4(D) continuance or its admission of testimony by a domestic violence expert. Judge Vaidik concurs in result in a separate opinion.

Duane Lee v. State of Indiana
49A04-1105-CR-225
Criminal. Affirms Lee’s convictions of burglary as a Class B felony, rape as a Class A felony, six counts of criminal deviate conduct as Class A felonies, robbery as a Class B felony, resisting law enforcement as a Class A misdemeanor, criminal confinement as a Class B felony, intimidation as a Class C felony, and pointing a firearm as a Class D felony. The police acted improperly in swabbing Lee’s penis and the trial court erred in allowing results of that DNA test into evidence. Other evidence presented renders the error harmless.

Dewayne Jones v. State of Indiana
49A02-1109-CR-855
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony invasion of privacy. Finds Marion County is the proper venue for the case.

Dewayne Jones v. State of Indiana
49A02-1109-CR-853
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony invasion of privacy. Finds Marion County is the proper venue for the case.

Kenneth A. Lainhart v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1105-CR-241
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class B felonies dealing in methamphetamine by manufacturing and conspiracy to deal in methamphetamine by manufacturing, Class C felony possession of a handgun with obliterated identification marks, and Class D felonies maintaining a common nuisance and dumping of a controlled substance waste.

A.B. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1112-JV-540
Juvenile. Affirms finding that A.B. is a delinquent child for committing what would be Class A misdemeanor battery if committed by an adult.

Alply Architectural Building Systems LLC, Alply, Inc., and John Peters v. Corrlines LLC and David J. Smith (NFP)
29A02-1111-CC-1032
Civil collection. Affirms denial of Alply’s motion to dismiss the breach of contract suit.

J.H. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1201-JV-25
Juvenile. Affirms placement at the Indiana Boys’ School.

Wendell E. Mardis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A04-1109-CR-481
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

Anthony Cross v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1109-CR-442
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.

Brian Riley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A01-1111-CR-552
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

Jermaine M. Lockett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1107-CR-376
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Trevon T. Marshall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1110-CR-522
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license.

Kenneth Keehn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A05-1106-CR-332
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in a schedule I controlled substance.

David C. Wilson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1110-CR-516
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A felony burglary and Class B felonies possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Mark Alderman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
08A02-1110-CR-916
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor cruelty to an animal.

Robin Wood v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1109-CR-799
Criminal. Affirms order that Wood pay a $200 drug interdiction fee following her guilty plea to Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Roderick Ramone Wiggins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1106-CR-291
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of murder and sentence imposed.

Dean E. Overholser v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A04-1108-CR-436
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of marijuana by cultivation.

Marvin L. Boatright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-729
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony forgery.

John F. Fyock v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1109-CR-421
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for four counts of Class B felony dealing in a schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

Michael Lee Massing v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1110-CR-602
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition to file a belated notice of appeal.

Brian Andert v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A05-1109-CR-509
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.

Daniel W. Beatty v. State of Indiana (NFP)
39A05-1107-CR-339
Criminal. Affirms convictions of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class A felony; conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, a Class A felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Class B felony; possession of precursors, a Class D felony; and his adjudication as a habitual substance offender.

 

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  2. Unfortunately, the court doesn't understand the difference between ebidta and adjusted ebidta as they clearly got the ruling wrong based on their misunderstanding

  3. A common refrain in the comments on this website comes from people who cannot locate attorneys willing put justice over retainers. At the same time the judiciary threatens to make pro bono work mandatory, seemingly noting the same concern. But what happens to attorneys who have the chumptzah to threatened the legal status quo in Indiana? Ask Gary Welch, ask Paul Ogden, ask me. Speak truth to power, suffer horrendously accordingly. No wonder Hoosier attorneys who want to keep in good graces merely chase the dollars ... the powers that be have no concerns as to those who are ever for sale to the highest bidder ... for those even willing to compromise for $$$ never allow either justice or constitutionality to cause them to stand up to injustice or unconstitutionality. And the bad apples in the Hoosier barrel, like this one, just keep rotting.

  4. I am one of Steele's victims and was taken for $6,000. I want my money back due to him doing nothing for me. I filed for divorce after a 16 year marriage and lost everything. My kids, my home, cars, money, pension. Every attorney I have talked to is not willing to help me. What can I do? I was told i can file a civil suit but you have to have all of Steelers info that I don't have. Of someone can please help me or tell me what info I need would be great.

  5. It would appear that news breaking on Drudge from the Hoosier state (link below) ties back to this Hoosier story from the beginning of the recent police disrespect period .... MCBA president Cassandra Bentley McNair issued the statement on behalf of the association Dec. 1. The association said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. “The MCBA does not believe this was a just outcome to this process, and is disheartened that the system we as lawyers are intended to uphold failed the African-American community in such a way,” the association stated. “This situation is not just about the death of Michael Brown, but the thousands of other African-Americans who are disproportionately targeted and killed by police officers.” http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2016/07/18/hate-cops-sign-prompts-controversy/87242664/

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