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Opinions Sept. 14, 2012

September 14, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Alan Kress and Randy Carr v. CCA of Tennessee LLC, doing business as Corrections Corporation of America, et al.
11-2950
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Civil. Affirms order denying class certification regarding the reduction of daily pill calls for inmates and granting summary judgment in favor of Corrections Corporation of America, et al., owner and operator of the Marion County Correctional Center. There was lack of evidence of any ongoing constitutional violations.

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

Indiana Court of Appeals

Mark Clarke v. State of Indiana
49A02-1202-PC-65
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. Clarke has not established that he was prejudiced by his trial counsel’s failure to advise him of the risk of deportation.

Mandy Craig v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A01-1202-CR-66
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Myron Markas Cook v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A05-1201-CR-15
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine and that police officers’ initial entry into Cook’s home did not violate the Fourth Amendment.

Antonio D. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1111-CR-496
Criminal. Affirms convictions of four counts of felony murder.

Carlos E. Odom v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A05-1203-CR-121
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies robbery and burglary, Class A misdemeanors carrying a handgun without a license and driving while suspended, and Class C misdemeanor altered interim license plates.

 

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