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Opinions Nov. 19, 2013

November 19, 2013
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Indiana Supreme Court
Gersh Zavodnik v. Michela Rinaldi, et al
49S05-1311-CT-759
Civil tort. Reverses order of dismissal and remands to the trial court for further proceedings without prejudice to dismissal under Trial Rule 41(E) if warranted after further consideration.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Anthony Scott Bratcher v. State of Indiana 
90A02-1301-CR-3
http://media.ibj.com/Lawyer/websites/opinions/index.php?pdf=2013/november/11191302rrp.pdf
Criminal. Affirms 15-year executed sentence for conviction of Class B felony child molesting, finding that the sentence was not a maximum, since five years of the 20-year term was suspended to probation, and the sentence was not inappropriate. The majority also affirmed a condition of probation restricting Bratcher’s contact with children, but Judge Terry Crone dissented on that issue, finding the condition was unconstitutionally vague.

Fawn McDonald-Woolridge v. Jacob Woolridge (NFP)
53A01-1204-DR-593
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s admitting evidence and finding McDonald-Woolridge in contempt. Remands for trial court to revise order allowing the supervising agency to determine when the father’s parenting time would become unsupervised. Also remands for trial court to re-evaluate make-up parenting time and who should best pay for supervised parenting time.

Lindsey J. Barger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
32A05-1303-CR-136
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor battery.

Laray Carter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1304-CR-127
Criminal. Affirms conviction for arson, a Class B felony, and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Morgan Govan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-1302-PC-91
Post conviction. Affirms denial of Govan’s petition for post-conviction relief.

The Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.
 

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