Opinions Oct. 11, 2011

October 11, 2011

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Roger Loughry, also known as Mayorroger
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge William T. Lawrence
Criminal. Reverses District Court’s decision to allow admission as evidence “hard core” pornography without examining it or without explaining its reasoning under Rule 403. Holds that the material was highly inflammatory and held only minimal probative value, but created extreme prejudice against Loughry. Remands to the District Court for proceedings consistent with opinion.

Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of Parent-Child Relationship of C.G., Minor Child and Her Mother, Z.G. v. Marion County Department of Child Services and Child Advocates, Inc.
Juvenile. Affirms trial court’s termination of mother’s parental rights, holding that while the Marion County Department of Child Services made several errors, none rose to the level of violating the mother’s due process rights or warranting a reversal.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Julius T. Anderson v. Richard M.Ivy
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s decision that Ivy was entitled to a special election, holding that no evidence exists to suggest Anderson’s misconduct affected any votes.

Jeffrey Havvard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Daniel W. Oliver v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class D felony theft.  

Yusuf Fields v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions for Class A felony attempted murder and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Dawon Strong v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class B felony dealing in cocaine.

Justin Lashaway v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony conspiracy to commit child molesting.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of G.H., T.H., and B.H.; I.H. (Father) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of father’s parental rights.

Randy S. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Philip D. Krantz v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for four Class D felonies resulting from a plea agreement.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.