Opinions Feb. 7, 2023

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Court of Appeals of Indiana
Toni Knowles v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Reverses the Noble Circuit Court’s declaration that the 28 days Toni Knowles had spent in jail would not be attributable to her seven-year sentence but instead would be counted as day spent in contempt of court. Finds the trial court’s finding of contempt is not sustainable under a theory of direct or indirect contempt. Remands with instructions to award Knowles 28 days along with good-time credit to which she may be entitled for those day as credit toward her seven-year sentence.

James Williams v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms James Williams’ conviction of Level 3 felony promotion of child sexual trafficking. Finds the officers’ “medical emergency” ruse did not render Williams’ consent to their entry into his room involuntary. Also finds the officers’ seizure of the cellphones from the motel room did not violate Williams’ Fourth Amendment rights or his rights under Article 1, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution.

Larry Dee Williams v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Larry Williams’ convictions of Level 4 felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement. Finds the evidence supporting Williams’ conviction is sufficient.

In the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: S.A. (Minor Child) and P.F. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of father P.M.’s parental rights to S.A. Finds the evidence is sufficient to support the juvenile court’s order terminating his parental rights.

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