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Opinions Sept. 21, 2012

September 21, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals did not post any Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court did not post any opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Justin Taylor v. State of Indiana
49A05-1201-CR-4
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony failing to register as a sex offender. Rejects argument that ankle bracelet alerted authorities Taylor was living at a different address.

Janice Brandom v. Coupled Products, LLC
92A03-1112-PL-542
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Brandom’s motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit pursuant to the “anti-SLAPP’ statute, finding the question of whether statements were made in good faith and without malice should be decided by a jury.

A.G. v. P.G.
49A04-1201-PO-94
Order of protection. Affirms extension of P.G.’s protective order against A.G, declining to reweigh evidence.

Stephen Williams, Special Administrator of the Estate of Roscoe Petty, et al. v. Safe Auto Insurance Company (NFP)
11A01-1202-CT-70
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for Safe Auto on its declaratory judgment action.
 
The Kroger Company d/b/a Jay C. Food Store v. Deborah and David Tincher (NFP)
47A04-1204-CT-194
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Kroger’s Trial Rule 60(B) motion to set aside a default judgment in favor of the Tinchers in their person injury action against Kroger.
 
Keith A. White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1204-CR-312
Criminal. Affirms denial of White’s motion to correct erroneous sentence.

In Re: The Paternity of J.T.F., Minor Child, M.A.J., II, Father v. D.H., Mother, State of Indiana (NFP)
 53A05-1203-JP-179
Juvenile paternity. Affirms trial court’s denial of father’s motion for a paternity test.

 Derik Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1112-CR-1152
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s guilty judgment but remands for correction of the abstract of judgment to reflect Miller’s conviction of driving while suspended is an infraction.

Mathew A. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1110-CR-991
Criminal. Affirms trial court was not obligated to sever the counts against Johnson, the jury was properly instructed and the sentence was not inappropriate.

David T. Stephanoff v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1112-CR-1129
Criminal. Affirms the trial court’s order that Stephanoff serve the sentences for theft consecutive to the sentences for his two other crimes but remands for correction of scrivener’s error in the sentencing order.

Mark A. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1112-CR-681
Criminal. Affirms Johnson’s rape conviction but based on double jeopardy principles, reverses convictions of criminal confinement and battery and remands for the trial court to correct its records accordingly.

In Re The Civil Commitment of: J.B. v. Community North Hospital Gallahue Mental Health (NFP)
49A04-1202-MH-85
Mental health. Affirms trial court’s order temporarily committing J.B. at Community Hospital North.
 
Pharoah D. Newton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1111-CR-507
Criminal. Affirms Newton’s conviction and sentence for murder.
 
T.C., Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1112-JV-679
Juvenile. Affirms T.C.’s adjudication as a delinquent child for committing acts that would constitute child molesting if committed by an adult.
 
Ricky Rapier v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1202-CR-92
Criminal. Affirms Rapier’s conviction of battery as a Class D felony.

 

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  5. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

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