Opinions Jan. 25, 2020

The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Friday:
United States of America v. Michael Thomas
19-2969
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. Chief Judge Jon E. DeGuilio.
Criminal. Affirms Michael Thomas’ conviction of mail fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 1341. Finds the district court properly decided that six fires set by Thomas were part of his insurance fraud scheme and not “other acts.” Also finds the district court properly admitted evidence of a seventh fire that, although too far removed in time to be part of the fraud scheme, was evidence of Thomas’ modus operandi.

Monday opinions
Indiana Court of Appeals
Alden A. Tarr, Jr. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
20A-CR-1514
Criminal. Affirms Alden Tarr’s sentence of six years, with three years executed in the Department of Correction and three years of probation, after his plea of guilty in Henry Circuit Court to Level 6 felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated and his admission to being a habitual vehicular substance offender. Finds Tarr’s sentence is not inappropriate.

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