Indiana Supreme Court
Christopher Smith v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class B misdemeanor failure to report a student’s rape allegation to DCS or local law enforcement based on the statute that requires a school to report instances of child abuse. The reporting requirement is not unconstitutionally vague and there is sufficient evidence to sustain Smith’s conviction. Justices Rucker and Chief Justice Dickson dissent in a separate opinion.
Front Row Motors, LLC and Jerramy Johnson v. Scott Jones
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of Front Row Motors’ motion to set aside default judgment. The trial court lacked jurisdiction over the dealership at the time the default was entered.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Douglas J. Allison v. Heather Pepkowski
Protective order. Dismisses appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Because the court’s extension granted a temporary protection order, which is not appealable as of right, Allison was required to seek a discretionary interlocutory appeal, which he did not do.
Bobby Wine v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
In the Matter of the Adoption of L.T.: J.M. and S.M. v. C.T. (NFP)
Adoption. Affirms order by Marion Superior Court, Probate Division, terminating the guardianship of L.T. by his maternal grandparents on grounds that Hamilton Superior Court 1 lacked subject-matter jurisdiction over L.T.’s guardianship. Remands for further proceedings, including that the parties immediately place L.T. in her father’s custody.
Ty C. Wilkerson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction and eight-year sentence for Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Mardel Hill v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms grant of state’s motion to join charges under two separate cause numbers for trial.
Austin M. Scholl v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct and Class D felony sexual battery.
The Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.