Opinions June 3, 2022

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Court of Appeals of Indiana
Jacqueline Kristen Dennis (Darbo) v. Gary Clyde Dennis
Domestic relations. Reverses the denial of the petition filed by Jacqueline Dennis (Darbo) asking the dissolution court to appoint a commissioner to execute a quitclaim deed or to declare the judgment lien her ex-husband held on the marital home to be satisfied and released. Finds the Hamilton Superior Court “understandably but mistakenly” relied on “the termination rule” and opinions describing the rule to conclude it lacked jurisdiction in this case. Finds the trial court does not lack jurisdiction to rule on Darbo’s petition. Remands.

Kevin Martin v. J. Meek, et al. (mem. dec.)
Miscellaneous. Affirms Sullivan Circuit Court’s denial of Kevin Martin’s motion for default judgment. Finds Martin had not properly served the Indiana Attorney General’s office as required by statute. Holds Martin’s claim was properly dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which the trial court can grant relief since he did not have standing to file criminal charges against the Department of Correction employees.

Joseph William Baker v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Joseph William Baker’s conviction of Level 6 felony criminal confinement in Madison Circuit Court. Finds the state presented sufficient evidence by proving Baker knowingly and intentionally confined his mother without her consent and a reasonable trier of fact could find Baker guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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