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Opinions Nov. 16, 2010

November 16, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Kevin L. Hampton v. State of Indiana
84A04-1002-PC-122
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. There was no error in omitting the requested sentence and appellate counsel did not fail to provide effective assistance.

State of Indiana v. J.S.
49A02-1004-JV-567
Juvenile. Affirms dismissal of delinquency petition against J.S. after he was found incompetent to stand trial. Given the extensive expert reports finding J.S. incompetent, the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in finding him incompetent to stand trial. The charges should not remain pending to see if he regains competency before he is 18 and the record reveals his family is aware of his problems and trying to help him.

Vaughn A. Reeves, Jr. v. State of Indiana
77A04-1005-CR-292
Criminal. Affirms in part denial of Reeves’ motion to dismiss 10 counts of Class C felony aiding, inducing, or causing securities fraud. Because a portion of the 10 charging informations, on their face, allege a time period outside the statute of limitations and do not allege facts sufficient to constitute an exception to the statute, the trial court should have granted, in part, Reeves’ motion to dismiss as to these dates that fell outside the statute of limitation. Remands for consideration, as set forth in Indiana Code Section 35-34-1-4(d), of whether the trial court will discharge the defendant as to specific dates or deny the discharge upon determining that the prosecutor would be entitled to cure the information by amendment.

Blake Parkins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1002-CR-345
Criminal. Affirms conviction of criminal recklessness with the use of a motor vehicle as a Class A misdemeanor.

Christina Smith v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1003-CR-153
Criminal. Revises sentence following Smith’s guilty plea to Class C felony reckless homicide and remands for trial court to impose sentence of four years with two years suspended.

Jamarr Da-Juan Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1001-CR-39
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter, Class C felony battery, and Class C felony attempted battery.

Jane Marie Burkart v. State of Indiana (NFP)
46A03-0908-CR-385
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for five counts of Class B misdemeanor abandonment or neglect of vertebrate animals.

Kenneth W. Ellis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
25A03-1007-CR-407
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to dealing in cocaine as a Class B felony.

Antonio Simeone, et al. v. Schreiber Lumber, Inc., et al. (NFP)
49A02-1002-CP-177
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment in favor of Dave Beck on negligence and constructive fraud claims, partial summary judgment for Schreiber Lumber, Bova’s counterclaim for breach of contract, and that the evidence supports the trial court judgment.

Jason Montgomery v. State of Indiana (NFP)
17A04-1002-CR-95
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony burglary.

Michael J. Kempf v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A01-1003-CR-134
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a vehicle while an habitual traffic offender.

Raymond Hannah v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1004-CR-225
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent child.

Christopher Martin v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1003-CR-152
Criminal. Affirms sentence following conviction of Class C felony reckless homicide.

Justin Stanback v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1004-CR-251
Criminal. Reverses denial of Stanback’s request to file a belated notice of appeal and remands for further proceedings.

Cory R. Dowden v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1004-CR-562
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony receiving stolen property.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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  5. I am saddened to hear about the loss of Zeff Weiss. He was an outstanding member of the Indianapolis legal community. My thoughts are with his family.

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