Opinions Dec. 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

Corey Middleton v. State of Indiana
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. While Corey Middleton’s defense attorney used the word ‘Negro’ to describe him during voir dire, the offending language does not entitle him to post-conviction relief because of the considerable evidence against him that led to his conviction and 40-year sentence on drug and gun charges. Middleton was also not entitled to PCR when his attorney, who has since been disbarred, failed to inform him of a plea agreement that Middleton said he would have accepted or on other grounds.

Christopher Pete v. Ray Forrester (mem. dec.)
Guardianship. Dismisses Christopher Pete’s appeal of an order appointing Ray Forrester guardian of two minor children, finding that the appeal was untimely initiated.

Albert Towne v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony and Class C felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. The state presented sufficient evidence to support the convictions.