7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Maria Tara Sutherland v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment in favor of Wal-Mart on Sutherland’s hostile work environment and negligent infliction of emotional distress claims. She did not present evidence that would allow a jury to conclude Wal-Mart is liable for the assault committed against her by Aguas.
Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Robert Hollis, et al. v. Defender Security Company
Civil plenary. Affirms dismissal of Hollis’ wage claims brought under the Wage Payment Statute. An employee’s status at the time he or she files the claim is the relevant inquiry in determining whether to proceed under the Wage Payment Statute or the Wage Claims Statute. Robert was involuntarily separated from Defender Security Co. when he filed his claims, so they fell under the Wage Claims statute. Because he didn’t allege any Wage Claims Statute violations and submit his claim to the Department of Labor, the trial court properly dismissed his claims.
Darren Matlock v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Where the possibility exists that a defendant accused of OWI may at some point in the future regain competency and be released back into society, and when that release also may include the defendant driving, the state may pursue an OWI conviction even if the defendant’s incompetency caused he or she to be detained for a period in excess of the maximum possible sentence for OWI.
Benjamin H. Steinberg v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and 65-year sentence for murder. There was no reversible error in any of the issues Steinberg raised on appeal and his sentence is appropriate.
John P. Osburn v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies theft and insurance fraud and vacates the Class D felony obstruction of justice conviction and sentence on double jeopardy grounds. There is enough evidence to support his convictions, but a review of the record indicates that the jury likely used the same facts to convict Osburn of both theft and obstruction of justice.
Zachary K. Gootee v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed upon re-sentencing for convictions of four counts of Class C felony forgery, three counts of Class D felony fraud, one count of Class D felony theft, and the determination that Gootee is a habitual offender. The trial court did not abuse its discretion upon re-sentencing by imposing the same aggregate sentence of 24 years and by imposing consecutive sentences.
Brian Bronaugh v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony attempted robbery, Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Class D residential entry, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license. The trial court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Bronaugh’s trial counsel’s motion to withdraw and Bronaugh was not denied due process when he was forced to attend the first day of trial wearing his jail clothes.
Jodi McGookin, et al. v. Guidant Corporation, et al.
Civil tort. Affirms denial of motion to correct error, following the trial court ruling in favor of Guidant on the McGookins’ state law complaint following the death of Jodi McGookin’s newborn daughter. The trial court properly found the claims pre-empted by federal law. The label on the pacemaker had been pre-approved by the FDA and Guidant wasn’t required to include additional warnings.
Christopher K. Washington v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms 35-year sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony battery. Washington’s mental illness bears little weight on the analysis of his character and he failed to carry his burden of proving his sentence has met the inappropriateness standard of review.
Brandy Lozier v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and imposition of four years of Lozier’s previously suspended sentence.
S.R. v. T.R. (NFP)
Domestic relation. Affirms decision to allow father T.R. to have unsupervised parenting time with the parties’ minor children. Holds that trial court’s admonishment concerning any future contempt findings does not violate mother S.R.’s due process rights.
David D. Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony burglary and determination that Williams is a habitual offender.
Mark W. Phillips v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony child molesting but reverses sentence imposed on that count. Revises it to 40 years, to be served concurrently with the eight-year sentence previously imposed on Class C felony touching or fondling a 10-year-old child with the intent to arouse or satisfy his own sexual desires or that of the child.
Adoption of T.D.V. and M.B.V.; B.R. v. J.V. (NFP)
Adoption. Affirms denial of stepfather B.R.’s petition to adopt T.D.V. and M.B.V.
Josh R. Crager v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park.
Bonnie Warren v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony burglary and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.
Paternity of B.W.; D.W. v. T.P. (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms modification of legal and physical custody of B.W. in favor of mother T.P.
Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.