Opinions Dec. 9, 2021

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Court of Appeals of Indiana
Dwayne Keith Washington v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses Dwayne Keith Washington’s conviction for Class A misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance following a jury trial. Finds that the market reports exception to hearsay under Evidence Rule 803(17) does not apply to allow the admission of evidence from Drugs.com that was used to convict Washington. Also finds the Vigo Superior Court abused its discretion when it admitted the evidence purporting to show that the pills in Washington’s possession were hydrocodone based on the description on Drugs.com. Finally, finds the state presented no other evidence to show that the pills possessed by Washington were a controlled substance.

In the Matter of the Adoption of G.L.H. (Minor Child); G.S. v. M.K. (mem. dec.)
Adoption. Affirms the interlocutory order finding that father G.S.’s consent to stepfather M.K.’s adoption of minor child G.L.H. was not required. Finds the Hamilton Superior Court did not err when it found that G.S. failed to communicate significantly with G.L.H. without justifiable cause for a period of at least one year and that G.S.’s consent is not required for the adoption.

D.C. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Dismisses as moot D.C.’s appeal of his adjudication as a delinquent and placement on informal probation, from which he was discharged after several months. Finds the appellate court cannot render effective relief to D.C. Also finds that D.C. does not argue that the specific issue he raises involves a question of great public importance. Finally, finds Indiana caselaw provides plenty of guidance on the issue D.C. raises.

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