7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Eddie Lamar Carlisle
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division, Judge William C. Lee.
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress. Carlisle didn’t have a privacy interest in the bag he was carrying, which contained drugs and paraphernalia, when police came to the house during a drug sweep. The officers had reasonable suspicion to believe that criminal activity was occurring and that Carlisle was armed and dangerous, thereby making the initial stop proper.
United States of America v. Robert J. Cantrell
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Rudy Lozano.
Criminal. Affirms 78-month sentence for committing honest services fraud, using position in public office to steer contracts to a third party in exchange for kickbacks, and other convictions. The honest services fraud counts are not unconstitutionally vague and the judge addressed Cantrell’s arguments for leniency.
Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Mary Beth & Perry Lucas v. U.S. Bank, N.A., et al.
Civil. Reverses denial of the Lucases’ motion for a jury trial on their counterclaims and third-party claims against their mortgage holder and loan servicer. The essential features of the cause are not equitable. Remands with instructions they be granted a jury trial on their legal causes of actions.
D.H. v. State of Indiana
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication for committing what would be Class D felony battery if committed by an adult. The doctrine of transferred intent supports the delinquency finding. Because D.H. admitted he intended to punch the other student, the fact he mistakenly hit his teacher cannot act as a defense.
Brian N. Stearman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child solicitation.
Paternity of I.H.; R.P. v. C.H. (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms order finding R.P. to be father of I.H. and requiring father to pay $47 per week in child support plus an arrearage of $7,238.
Devon Sterling v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder.
Paternity of C.T.; J.M. v. R.T. (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms order granting father R.T.’s motion for relief from judgment.
Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of J..; J.L. v. I.D.C.S. (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.
Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.