Opinions April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

The following Indiana Supreme Court decision was posted after IL deadline Thursday:
Indiana Supreme Court
Charles Stephenson v. State of Indiana

Life without parole. Affirms convictions for Class A felony robbery and murder of Leigh Jennings and affirms Stephenson’s sentence of life without parole. Finds evidence supports the robbery conviction and that Stephenson’s suicide note was properly admitted into evidence, and declines to reduce his sentence to a term of years.

Friday’s opinions
Indiana Tax Court
Board of Commissioners of Clark County v. Indiana Department of Local Government Finance

Tax. Affirms the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance did not err in denying the Clark County Board of Commissioners’ request to increase the county’s Cumulative Capital Development Fund tax rate for the 2012 budget year. The DLGF’s consideration of the board’s purpose for requesting an increase to the CCDF’s tax rate was proper, and neither I.C. 6-1.1-41 nor 36-9-14.5-2 authorize an increase to the CCDF tax rate for the purposes Clark County intended.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jeannine Whittington, Personal Representative of the Estate of Robert J. Whittington, Deceased, and Jeannine Whittington, Individually v. David Magnante, M.D., and Magnante Eye Care
Civil plenary. Dismisses appeal for want of jurisdiction. Because this is not a final judgment or an interlocutory appeal of right, the plaintiffs were required to pursue a discretionary appeal under Indiana Appellate Rule 14(B).

Corey Lorenzo Walton v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felonies attempted murder and attempted robbery.

Raymond Welch v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Benjamin T. Haines v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.