Opinions April 11, 2023

Court of Appeals of Indiana

Amy Rainey v. Indiana Election Commission, Daniel Holtz
Civil plenary. Dismisses as moot Amy Rainey’s appeal of the denial of relief after she sought a preliminary injunction and judicial review of the Indiana Election Commission’s decision to uphold Daniel Holtz’s challenge to her candidacy in the May 2022 primary as a Republican. Finds a judicial opinion would not change the legal relationship between Rainey, Holtz and the commission because the election has passed.

Juan Jose Santoyo Escamilla v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Juan Escamilla’s convictions of possession of methamphetamine, operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license. Finds the traffic stop violated neither the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution nor Article 1, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution.

Jeffery R. Buckley v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Jeffery R. Buckley’s conviction of murder. Finds Buckley is not entitled to relief on his claims of trial delays, the denial of standby counsel, jury instruction and evidentiary errors, and inadequate evidence to rebut his self-defense claim.

In Re: The Matter of B.D. (Minor Child), a Child in Need of Services; M.D. (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile CHINS. Affirms the order adjudication mother M.D.’s son, B.D., as a child in need of services. Finds M.D.’s due process rights were not violated. Also finds the Department of Child Services presented sufficient evidence to support the CHINS adjudication.

Kevin James Tolliver v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Post-conviction. Affirms the denial of Kevin James Tolliver’s petition for post-conviction relief in two causes in which he was convicted of child molesting. Finds no error.

David H. Lane, Jr. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Post-conviction. Affirms the denial of David H. Lane’s petition for post-conviction relief. Finds no error with the trial or post-conviction courts.

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