Opinions Jan. 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

Indiana Supreme Court
L.G. v. S.L., et al.

Adoption. Grants transfer for the limited purpose of vacating the section of the Indiana Court of Appeals opinion addressing whether the trial court judge should recuse himself on remand. Summarily affirms the remainder of the opinion. Finds a trial court judge is not required to recuse himself from a case solely because counsel for one of the parties served as a professional reference and wrote a recommendation letter in support of a judge’s application for another judicial role. Also finds that under the facts and circumstances of this case, the trial court judge is not required to recuse himself on remand. Remands for further proceedings. Justice Geoffrey Slaughter did not participate.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jeffrey Arnold v. Keith Butts, Warden of the New Castle Correctional Facility

Miscellaneous. Affirms the denial of Jeffrey Arnold’s petition for writ of habeas corpus. Finds Arnold was on parole when the violations giving rise to the revocations took place. Also finds Indiana Code section 35-50-6-1 does not offend the separation of powers doctrine.

Michelle Colen v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Michelle Colen’s conviction for dealing in methamphetamine and her sentence to an aggregate of six years in the Department of Correction. Finds there is sufficient evidence to support Colen’s conviction. Also finds her sentence is not inappropriate.