Indiana Supreme Court
Mayor Gregory Ballard v. Maggie Lewis, John Barth, and Vernon Brown
Civil plenary. Reverses partial summary judgment to Maggie Lewis, holding Mayor Greg Ballard is entitled to summary judgment on redistricting ordinance issue. Justices exercise judicial restraint and leave redistricting in the hands of the two branches of local government responsible for the task. Also reverses any order requiring Ballard to pay part of the cost of a master brought in on the issue.
In the Matter of: Christopher E. Haigh
Discipline. Haigh engaged in conduct in contempt of the Supreme Court by violating the suspension order. He is disbarred effective immediately and must pay $1,000. Any further contempt will likely result in imprisonment.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Shane Beal and The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company v. Edwin Blinn, Jr.
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Beal’s motion for summary judgment, which concluded that a genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether Beal’s representation of Blinn Jr. in a federal criminal case constituted legal malpractice.
John Jacob Venters v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses sentence for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as a Class D felony, enhanced by the habitual substance offender statute. Remands with instructions to order Venters’ enhanced sentence to run concurrently with his previously enhanced sentences. The trial court erred in ordering the sentence at issue to be served consecutively to his previously entered sentences.
Rahsaan A. Johnson v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms conviction of 14 counts of possession of animals for fighting contests, all as Class D felonies. There is sufficient evidence to support the convictions and they do not violate the double jeopardy clause of the Indiana Constitution.
Johnathon R. Aslinger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Grants rehearing for the limited purpose of ordering a retrial on Aslinger’s conviction for possession of paraphernalia. Affirms original opinion in all respects.
Ricky Allen Cox v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony theft and remands for a determination of the credit time to which Cox is entitled.
J&W Construction, Inc. v. Duffy Tool & Stamping, LTD, LLC, et al. (NFP)
Civil tort. Affirms orders dismissing J&W’s motion for proceeding supplement and its motion to correct error.
Robert F. Petty v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of voluntary manslaughter, Class D felony removal of body from scene and Class D felony obstruction of justice.
Claude F. Hudson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses denial of credit time and remands with instructions to award Hudson credit time from Oct. 15, 2012, to Dec. 27, 2012, when he was confined at a hospital.
Larry Fulbright v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Reverses denial of petition to file a belated notice of appeal.
Indiana Tax Court
MedCo Health Solutions, Inc. v. Indiana Department of State Revenue
Tax. Grants the department’s Trial Rule 12(B)(6) motion to dismiss. Medco is not entitled to relief on two claims: that the court should order the department to pay a refund and that advisory letters should be binding in this matter.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.