Opinions Nov. 13, 2017

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States of America v. Elmer F. Wiman

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Evansville Division. Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Criminal. Affirms Elmer Wiman’s convictions of robbing a credit union, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possessing a firearm as a felon. Finds any error in the district court’s failure to swear the venire to answer questions truthfully prior to the start of voir dire is harmless.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael Kopp v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)

Post-conviction. Affirms the denial of Michael Kopp’s petition for post-conviction relief. Finds Kopp has not demonstrated his appellate counsel was ineffective for choosing the issues presented in his direct appeal instead of the issues Kopp thought were more appropriate.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of J.J. (Minor Child); D.J. (Father) and P.J. (Mother) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of D.J. and P.J.’s parental rights over their minor child, J.J. Finds the Owen Circuit Court did not err in concluding the conditions that resulted in J.J.’s removal will not be remedied. Also finds the totality of the evidence supports the trial court’s conclusion that termination of D.J. and P.J.’s parental rights is in J.J.’s best interest.
Robert Lawrence II v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Robert Lawrence II’s convictions of domestic battery as a Level 5 felony and domestic battery as a Level 6 felony. Finds the evidence most favorable to the judgment supports Lawrence’s convictions.

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