Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.W.; M.W. v. I.D.C.S.
Juvenile. Reverses termination of parental rights. Given the father’s efforts to comply with the amended plan and his release from incarceration soon after the hearing date, the trial court’s findings aren’t supported by clear and convincing evidence.
Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.W.; M.B. v. I.D.C.S.
Juvenile. Reverses termination of parental rights. Given the Department of Child Services' agreement to give mother a second chance, her severe stroke, and her recent progress at stabilizing her life, the trial court’s findings aren’t supported by clear and convincing evidence.
Corvee, Inc. v. Mark French
Civil collections. Affirms the amount of attorney fees the trial court award Corvee in its successful collection action against French. There is no evidence that Corvee actually incurred $3,400 in attorney fees in attempting to collect the debt from French.
Steven Weinreb v. TR Developers, LLC, et al.
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Weinreb’s second Rule 60(b) motion alleging his signature on a loan guaranty was forged, negligence of his original attorney, and fraud on the part of an adverse party. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying his second motion because all of his alleged grounds for relief were known or knowable at the time of his first Rule 60(B) motion. Remands for a determination of whether TR Developers is entitled to an award of appellate attorney fees.
Indiana Spine Group v. Handleman Company
Civil. Reverses dismissal of Indiana Spine Group’s application seeking full payment for being time barred by statute. The statute of limitations under the Indiana Worker's Compensation Act only apply to claims of compensation and ISG’s claim seeks recovery for pecuniary liability. Remands for further proceedings.
Antonio Gonzalez Vazquez v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony criminal confinement, Class D felony stalking, and Class D felony theft. His appearance in jail clothes during the bench trial did not deny him due process. There was no error in the admission of the uncontested evidence.
Carolyn Boss v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms denial of Boss’ motion to dismiss the charging information on double jeopardy grounds. The trial court properly denied the motion when it concluded that the enforcement of various city ordinances did not constitute punishment and that the current prosecution was therefore not a second prosecution for the same crime. Judge May concurs in result.
Elsor Matthews, Jr. v. State of Indiana
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. Matthews hasn’t demonstrated the post-conviction court erred by determining he wasn’t prejudiced by any alleged error made by his trial or appellate counsel.
State of Indiana v. John Lovett
Criminal. Affirms on interlocutory appeal the pretrial order declaring certain proposed evidence from the state inadmissible as irrelevant or as hearsay. The state has not demonstrated the court’s order was an abuse of discretion.
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentence for two counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.
James Wilhelm Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
Sarah Allen v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony conspiracy to commit burglary resulting in bodily injury.
Dennis Sanders v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony operating a motor vehicle while a habitual traffic offender.
Holly Ann Lewis (Staggs) v. Diana Nicholson and Gary Staggs, Jr. (NFP)
Domestic relation. Reverses order granting paternal grandmother Nicholson visitation with Holly Staggs Lewis’ minor son.
Matthew A. Flores v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
Mary K. Layton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony theft.
The Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.