Opinions March 30, 2016

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The following Indiana Supreme Court decision came in after IL deadline Tuesday:
Ronald Eckelbarger v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Cuts Ronald Eckelbarger’s sentence from 32 to 16 years after the majority found consecutive sentences in the case were not appropriate because the state sponsored a series of identical offenses. Justices Dickson and Massa dissent.

Wednesday’s opinions
Indiana Supreme Court

State of Indiana v. Brian J. Taylor

Criminal. Reverses and remands the prospective blanket suppression of police officers’ testimony in a murder case. Even though the officers’ testimony is presumptively tainted by the eavesdropping, they may yet have an independent basis for certain limited testimony.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Troy Jonas v. State Farm Life Insurance Company
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for State Farm to enforce an agreement between the company and Troy Jonas after Jonas had second thoughts about a life insurance settlement that was reached and backed out.  

Jeffery Shidler v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Jeffery Shidler’s conviction for Class C felony child molesting.

Larry G. Sloan v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Post conviction. Affirms denial of Larry Sloan’s petition for post-conviction relief.

Denny L. Brown v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms the revocation of Denny Brown’s probation.

John E. Bulington v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms John Bulington’s sentence of two years after he pleaded guilty to one count of theft as a Level 6 felony.

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