Opinions March 10, 2015

March 10, 2015

Indiana Court of Appeals
J.B. v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses denial of a petition for expungement of a conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery. The trial court erred when it denied J.B.’s petition to have records relating to his conviction expunged, citing the dismissal of the conviction after J.B. completed a one-year probation sentence. Holds that an earned dismissal of a conviction does not disqualify someone from expungement of the conviction.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Relationship of M.N., A Minor Child, and M.C., Her Father L.N. and Heartland Adoption Agency v. M.C.
Juvenile. Reverses order denying termination of father M.C.’s parental rights and remands to the trial court for proceedings. The court erred when it denied a petition to terminate father’s parental rights, to which father consented, on the basis that there was a risk of conflict of interest on the part of the adoption agency that filed the petition because it was owned by mother’s attorney and because the agency lacked authority to file the petition.

Robert Miller v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms 16-year executed sentence for conviction of two counts of Class C felony child molesting.

Larry Young v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

C.C. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication of delinquency for what would be Class A misdemeanor battery if committed by an adult.