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Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Indiana

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...

Ryan v. TCI Architects/Engineers/Contractors, Inc.  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 49S02-1704-CT-253

Justia Opinion Summary: TCI Architects (TCI) entered into an agreement with Gander Mountain to serve as the general contractor on a construction project. TCI subcontracted with Craft Mechanical, which subcontracted with B.A. Romines Sheet Metal...

KS&E Sports v. Runnels  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 49S02-1606-CT-349

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officer Dwayne Runnels suffered serious injuries after he was shot by Demetrious Martin. Martin, a convicted felon who could not legally purchase or possess a firearm, received the firearm by Tarus Blackburn, who...

Corey Middleton v. State of Indiana
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 32S01-1704-PC-226
McKeen v. Turner  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 53S05-1704-CT-202

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a proposed malpractice complaint alleging that Defendant’s medical and surgical treatment of Plaintiff’s wife failed to meet the appropriate standard of care, resulting in her death. In addition to the co...

State v. Smith  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 45S05-1611-CR-572

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to Class D felony theft. As part of his plea agreement with the State, Defendant agreed that he would be “precluded from asking for misdemeanor treatment.” At that time, trial courts could conver...

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