Opinions June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018

7th Circuit Court of Appeals
The following opinions were posted after IL deadline on Wednesday.
Pain Center of SE Indiana, LLC v. Origin Healthcare Solutions LL

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Reverses the United States District Court’s grant of summary judgment for Origin on Pain Center’s breach of contract, finding claim was timely. Affirms the trial court’s entry of summary judgment for Origin on all other claims. Remands for further proceedings.

USA v. Larry Norton
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division. Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann.
Criminal. Affirms Larry Norton mandatory life sentence for conviction of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute large quantities of heroin and cocaine.  Finds the United States District Court’s did not abuse its discretion by admitting Norton’s recorded statements. Finds the court correct in denying Norton’s motion to suppress evidence obtained during the traffic stop.  

Indiana Supreme Court
Aaron L. Fansler v. State of Indiana

Criminal. Affirms Aaron Fansler’s 13-year sentence for conviction of dealing and possession of heroin, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Finds the trial court did not err in admitting defendant’s statements without an electronic recording.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Darrin Shores v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)

Criminal. Affirms Darrin Shores’ 55-year sentence for conviction of murder. Finds the trial court did not commit reversible error or abuse its discretion by not permitting Shores to ask questions in cross-examination of a detective.  

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of A.K. (Minor Child) and V.K. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination. Affirms the termination of parental rights of V.K. to his minor child A.K. Finds the Department of Child Services did not violate his due process rights by failing to offer him services aimed at reunification.

Timothy Cooper v. Indiana Department of Correction (mem. dec.)
Civil tort. Affirms entry of summary judgment for the Department of Correction on Timothy Cooper’s civil suit. Finds Cooper waived his argument that DOC assumed a duty of care for him by failing to make cogent argument and cite legal authority as required by Indiana Appellate Rule 46(A)(8).

Nino M. Pullins v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Nino Pullins’ nine-year sentence for conviction of Level 3 felony armed robbery. Finds the sentence is not inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense and Pullins’ character.