7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jason Findlay v. Jonathan Lendermon
Civil/excessive use of force. Reverses District Court denial of summary judgment in favor of Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Lendermon, holding that Findlay has not met a burden of proof showing a violation of a clearly established right when Lendermon grabbed his arm to prevent him from picking up a memory card believed to contain surveillance video of Findlay’s admission of trespassing.
Indiana Supreme Court
Robert Bowen v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms Court of Appeals ruling affirming Bowen’s convictions of and 14-year sentence for Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Class C felony dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, Class D felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The justices remanded, though, with instructions for the trial court to issue an amended sentencing order that included a reasonably detailed recitation of the trial court’s reasons for imposing a consecutive sentence on a single charge.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Serafin Sanchez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms in a divided opinion the jury convictions of two counts of murder over Sanchez’s insanity defense. Chief Judge Margret Robb dissented, arguing that a jury instruction erroneously raised the burden of proof for the insanity defense from a preponderance of the evidence to beyond a reasonable doubt.
Reggie T. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Jimmy D. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief from convictions of Class A felony attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license.
Nathan Warren v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony stalking, Class D felony stalking, and Class D felony attempted inducement of obstruction of justice. Remands for the trial court to calculate Warren’s credit for time served prior to sentencing.
Larry Robert David, II, as Special Administrator of the Estate of Lisa Marie David, Deceased v. William Kleckner, M.D. (NFP)
Miscellaneous/estate. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of William Kleckner, M.D.
Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline Friday.