Opinions May 19, 2015

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Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of: Thomas R. Philpot
Attorney discipline. Suspends Thomas Philpot from the practice of law for four years without automatic reinstatement. Finds he violated the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct by committing crimes that reflect adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness and fitness as a lawyer.

Indiana Court of Appeals
City of Fort Wayne v. Katie Parrish
Civil tort. Affirms granting of Parrish’s motion in limine seeking to exclude evidence. Finds Parrish’s failure to buckle her seatbelt cannot be used to prove contributory negligence.

Lorie Bohannon v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor harassment.

Angela Cash-Hilyard v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony promoting prostitution.

In re the Marriage of: John Mikicich v. Claudia Mikicich (mem. dec.)
Domestic relation. Affirms decision of trial court. Finds the lower court did not err in imputing income to the husband; awarding tax exemptions to the wife; directing the husband to purchase health insurance and pay the child’s expenses should certain circumstances arise; awarding the wife attorney fees; or dividing the marital estate unequally.

In the Matter of the Commitment of A.A. v. Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital (mem. dec.)
Mental health. Affirms trial court’s finding that A.A. is gravely disabled and the court’s order that she be committed to a psychiatric care facility.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of, J.H. (minor child), and K.T. (father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of K.T.’s (father) relationship with J.H. (child).

Thomas J. Mure v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of battery, a Class C felony.


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