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Snow v. State  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 45S03-1703-CR-169

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant carried a handgun as she battered a law enforcement officer and resisted law enforcement. Defendant was not charged with a firearm-related offense, but nonetheless, the State introduced her gun into evidence at...

Harris v. State  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 45S03-1703-CR-172

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for battery against a public safety official and resisting law enforcement, holding (1) as the Supreme Court held in Snow v. State, __ N.E. 3d __ (Ind. 2017), the trial...

William McNeal v. State of Indiana
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 49S05-1706-CR-405
In the Matter of: Everett E. Powell, II
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: 49S00-1504-DI-231
Hurley v. State  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: 49S05-1705-CR-346

Justia Opinion Summary: When Defendant was stopped for a traffic violation, Defendant agreed to take a chemical test at a nearby police station. Defendant did not blow hard enough during the test, prompting the machine to print an “insufficient...

In the Matter of: Joseph M. Johnson III
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: 01S00-1604-DI-188
Sims v. Pappas  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 45S03-1701-CT-26

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a personal injury case arising out of an automobile collision. At trial, Plaintiffs introduced into evidence Defendant’s prior alcohol-related driving convictions. The jury returned a verdict for Plainti...

Love v. State  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 71S03-1612-CR-641

Justia Opinion Summary: Indiana appellate courts reviewing the sufficiency of the evidence must apply the same deferential standard of review to video evidence as to other evidence unless the video evidence indisputably contradicts the trial co...

Pinner v. State  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 49S02-1611-CR-610

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that evidence obtained after a search and seizure was obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment and that the trial court erred in denying Defendant’s motion to suppress the evidence obtained as...

Humphrey v. State  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 48S02-1609-PC-480

Justia Opinion Summary: Fifteen years after the Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction for murder, Appellant filed an amended petition for post-conviction relief, alleging that trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance. The post-conv...

Zanders v. State  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15S01-1611-CR-571

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the “third-party doctrine,” which provides that police are not required to obtain a search warrant to gather information an individual has voluntarily relinquished to a third party, applies as...

Escamilla v. Shiel Sexton Co.  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 54S01-1610-CT-546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Open Courts Clause of the Indiana Constitution allows unauthorized immigrants to pursue claims for decreased earning capacity damages in a tort action. The Court then provided an evidentia...

In the Matter of Justin R. Wall
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: 35S00-1509-DI-577
Leonard v. State  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 71S00-1509-LW-539

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for two counts of murder for which the trial court imposed consecutive life without parole sentences. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the evidence was sufficient to sustain the...

In re Honorable Tommy D. Phillips II  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 38S00-1609-JD-517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brought a judicial disciplinary action against Tommy D. Phillips II, Judge of the Dunkirk City Court (Respondent), after Respondent pleaded guilty to battery against a pu...

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