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Opinions Aug. 22, 2017

Indiana Court of Appeals
Amanda Dill v. State of Indiana
59A01-1610-CR-2449
Criminal. Affirms trial court denial of Amanda Dill’s motion to dismiss charges of Level 2 felony dealing in methamphetamine, Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. While Dill was convicted of related federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, her state court prosecution is not double jeopardy because the facts alleged in Orange Circuit court do not constitute the same conduct for which she was prosecuted in federal court.

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Opinions Aug. 21, 2017

The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinions were posted after IL deadline Friday:
Dustin King v. Marion Circuit Court
16-3726
Civil. Reverses a district court ruling and $10,380 damages award in favor of Dustin King, a deaf litigant who was denied a court-appointed interpreter for a modest means mediation program in Marion Superior Court.  Finds that the denial of a court-appointed interpreter did not deny King fundamental access to the courts. Remands with an order the federal action be dismissed, though King may pursue an action in state court.


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Opinions Aug. 18, 2017

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Caudill Seed & Warehouse Co., Inc. v. Mark D. Rose and MMR Farms LLC
16-4072
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Affirms the district court’s judgment in favor of Caudill Seed & Warehouse Co. Inc. on its supplemental collection proceeding. Finds MMR Farms LLC forfeited its defense of release by failing to raise it to the district court.
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Opinions Aug. 17, 2017

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Wine & Canvas Development, LLC, Anthony Scott, Tamara McCracken, and Donald McCracken v. Christopher Muylle, Theodore Weisser, YN Canvas LLC d/b/a Art Uncorked, Art Uncorked, LLC and Weisser Management Group, LLC
15-2088 and 15-3658
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Affirms the verdict in favor of Christopher Muylle on Wine and Canvas Development LLC, Anthony Scott, Tamara McCracken and Donald McCracken’s trademark infringement and false designation of origin claims and on Muylle’s abuse of process counterclaim. Finds the district court did not abuse its discretion in sanctioning the plaintiff-appellants or in admitting statements Scott made to Muylle during settlement negotiations.
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Opinions Aug. 16, 2017

Indiana Tax Court
William E. Schmidt, Jr. and Danielle Schmidt v. Indiana Department of State Revenue
49T10-1306-TA-55
Tax. Reverses the Indiana Department of State Revenue’s proposes assessments. Finds William and Danielle Schmidt have rebutted the presumption of validity afforded to the department’s proposed assessments. Also finds the Schmidts are not liable for Indiana AGIT, penalties or interest during the 2009, 2010 and 2012 tax years, and they are entitled to the refund claimed.
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Opinions Aug. 15, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court
The Board of Commissioners of Union County, Indiana v. Joe McGuinness, in his official capacity as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Transportation
81S01-1708-PL-529
Civil plenary. Affirms the Union Circuit Court’s dismissal of the Board of Commissioners of Union County’s complaint for declaratory judgment and an injunction against the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation and the department itself. Finds Union County did not have standing to sue INDOT for injury done to its residents.
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Opinions Aug. 14, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court
Corey McAlpin v. State of Indiana
39S01-1705-CR-342
Criminal. Affirms Corey McAlpin’s enhanced conviction of Level 4 felony dealing in methamphetamine. Finds the evidence is sufficient to support McAlpin’s enhanced conviction and the jury was in the best position to analyze the “reasonably expected” standard based on the evidence it heard at trial.
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Opinions Aug. 11, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of: Gillian DePrez Keiffner
49S00-1509-DI-522
Disciplinary. Enters judgment in favor of Gillian DePrez Keiffner. Finds the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has not met its burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that Keiffner violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 3.4(e) and 8.4(d).
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Opinions Aug. 10, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court
Bob Leonard v. State of Indiana
02S00-1604-LW-185
Life without parole. Affirms Bob Leonard’s various convictions for knowing murder, arson and other charges and his sentence to two terms of life without parole and consecutive terms of years for conspiracy and arson. Finds there was sufficient evidence to support the murder convictions and a statutory aggravator. Also finds the Allen Superior Court did not abuse its discretion when it refused Leonard’s tendered, lesser-included jury instruction. Finally, finds Indiana’s LWOP statute is not unconstitutional.

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Opinions Aug. 9, 2017

Indiana Court of Appeals
B.T.E. v. State of Indiana
36A05-1607-JV-1702
Juvenile. Affirms the juvenile court’s true finding that B.T.E. committed the delinquent act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. Reverses the juvenile court’s true finding that B.T.E. committed the delinquent act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute attempted aggravated battery. Finds the Jackson Superior Court did not err in denying B.T.E.’s motion to dismiss.
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