Opinions Nov. 23, 2015

November 23, 2015
KEYWORDS Opinions / neglect

Indiana Court of Appeals
Ralph Jackson v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses 20-year sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance. The trial court does not have the option of selecting a sentence based solely on the defendant’s conduct apart from the circumstances of the crime. Because the trial court did not issue an adequate sentencing statement, it abused its sentencing discretion.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Relationship of J.E., and K.E. v. The Ind. Dept. of Child Services
Juvenile. Affirms order terminating father K.E.’s parental rights with his 1-year-old son. Finds the trial court acted within its discretion in denying his motions for a continuance and for order to transport.

John Mosley v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of Mosley’s petition for post-conviction relief, finding he did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel at the trial or appellate level.

Walter Davis v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)

Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in a controlled substance, finding Davis lacks any basis for an appeal related to the trial court’s statements to the jury, there was sufficient evidence to sustain his conviction, and his 13-year sentence is not inappropriate.