Opinions, May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion  posted after IL deadline May 20
USA v. Sidney O. Sellers
Criminal. Vacates sentences for possession with intent to sell crack cocaine and possession of a firearm used in drug trafficking, and orders new trial for Sidney O. Sellers, stating the court failed to consider Sellers’s reasons for requesting a motion for a continuance. Remands for a new trial, including all pre-trial proceedings.

7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions at IL deadline

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jimmie E. Jones, Jr. v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction for felony murder, stating that the trial court did not err by refusing Jimmie Jones’s tendered instructions on reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter, as evidence suggests Jones knowingly and willingly killed the victim.

Stephen Robertson, et al. v. B.O., et al.
Civil tort. Reverses partial summary judgment with respect to the compensable damages in favor of appellee-plaintiff B.O., a minor, stating the trial court erred in excluding the Indiana Compensation Fund’s evidence regarding the extent of B.O.’s damages.

Willie McCain, Jr. v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s judgment of conviction for Class B felony dealing in cocaine, stating that while the court erred in prohibiting as unsubstantiated any discussion of the confidential informant’s criminal background, the error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.

James Andrew Foxworthy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses conviction for Class A misdemeanor domestic battery, stating the trial court abused its discretion in admitting a deputy’s testimony over the defendant’s hearsay objection.

Jack M. Estes, II v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses consecutive sentences for revocation of probation in Hendricks and Boone counties, and remands for imposition of concurrent sentences.

Ronald Hollin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions for Class A felony child molesting and other related counts.

Joseph Cree v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms order of post-conviction court’s summary denial of petition.

Johnny Baptiste v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses convictions for Class D felony auto theft and Class A misdemeanor battery; upholds conviction for Class A felony robbery, stating the robbery and auto theft convictions violate the double-jeopardy single-larceny rule and convictions for robbery violate actual-evidence test.

Donald Mallard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post-conviction relief petition. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief petition.

Russel F. Cowherd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Quan Ning Huang v. Tanas B. Donev (NFP)
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirm’s grant of summary judgment and corresponding entry of decree of foreclosure in favor of Tanas B. Doney.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline


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