Opinions Jan. 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court
In the Matter of: Narles W. Coleman
Disciplinary. Suspends Narles W. Coleman from the practice of law in Indiana for at least two years without automatic reinstatement. Finds Coleman engaged in numerous acts of attorney misconduct in connection with his representation of a client and subsequent civil suit against that client and by committing domestic battery against his wife.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Javonieo D. White v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Javonieo D. White’s conviction of Level 5 felony battery and his status as a habitual offender. Finds White’s claim of self-defense was disproved by sufficient evidence. Also finds the Allen Superior Court did not abuse its discretion in denying White’s motion for a mistrial. Finally, finds the trial court had jurisdiction to enhance White’s sentence as a habitual offender.

Jessica Mataranglo v. Meijer Stores Limited Partnership and Shannon Fuentes-LaCross (mem. dec.)
Civil tort. Affirms the St. Joseph Circuit Court’s denial of summary judgment to Shannon Fuentes-LaCross on Jessica Mataranglo’s negligence and invasion of privacy claims, and reverses the grant summary judgment to Meijer Stores Limited Partnership on all claims. Finds the trial court properly granted summary judgment to LaCross and Meijer on Mataranglo’s public disclosure of private facts claim, but that genuine issues of material fact preclude the entry of summary judgment on Mataranglo’s remaining claims. Remands for further proceedings.

Erin McCallion-Holmes v. Sherrie Holmes (mem. dec.)
Civil tort. Affirms the Clark Circuit Court’s decision to dismiss Erin McCallion-Holmes’ complaint for malicious prosecution and abuse of process against Sherrie Holmes for failure to prosecute and to deny McCallion-Holmes’ motion to correct error. Finds the trial court did not abuse its discretion.

In the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: J.W. and D.C. (Minor Children), and J.W. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of J.W.’s parental rights to his minor children, J.W. II and D.C. Finds J.W. waived his opportunity to voluntarily consent to the children’s adoption and, thus, the Marion Superior Court did not err in terminating J.W.’s parental rights.