Opinions Nov. 10, 2022

Court of Appeals of Indiana
Willie Mills Sr. v. State of Indiana
22A-CR-591
Criminal. Affirms Willie Mills Sr.’s convictions for Level 2 felony burglary, Level 3 felony burglary, Level 3 felony armed robbery and Level 5 felony battery by means of a deadly weapon. Finds Mills failed to show that the face mask requirement imposed by the Wayne Superior Court denied him his right to confront witnesses and was fundamental error. Also finds Mills waived his Article I, Section 13 right to counsel claim by failing to raise it in the trial court and, waiver notwithstanding, Mills failed to show any reason why, unlike the federal constitution, the state constitution should be interpreted to disallow admission of a statement that a defendant knowingly and voluntarily gave to law enforcement after appointment of counsel. Finally, finds there is sufficient evidence to support Mills’ convictions as an accomplice.

Tim A. Rivers v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
22A-CR-1291
Criminal. Affirms the denial of bond for Tim Rivers. Finds the Washington Circuit Court did not abuse its discretion.

Donald T. Green v. GEO, Inc., New Castle Correctional Facility (mem. dec.)
22A-SC-818
Small claims. Affirms the denial of Donald T. Green’s pro se small claims complaint for $1,500 for lost or damaged personal property. Finds Green was not denied due process when the small claims court did not issue witness subpoenas.

Larry C. Johnson v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
21A-PC-2480
Post-conviction. Affirms the denial of Larry Johnson’s petition for post-conviction relief. Finds Johnson did not receive ineffective assistance of appellate counsel. Also finds Johnson waived the remainder of his claims.

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