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In re Hon. T. Edward Page  
Date: February 20, 2017
Docket Number: 94S00-1701-JD-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brought this judicial disciplinary action against T. Edward Page, Senior Judge (Respondent), asserting that because Respondent was arrested and convicted for operating a...

D.B. v. Indiana Department of Child Services  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 54S01-1612-JT-630

Justia Opinion Summary: The first required element a termination petition must allege establishes three waiting periods to give parents a time to reunify with their children and bars the Department of Child Services (DCS) from seeking terminati...

Megenity v. Dunn  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 22S04-1609-CT-465

Justia Opinion Summary: In Pfenning v. Lineman, the Supreme Court established that Indiana courts do not referee disputes arising from ordinary sports activity. The Court further held that, as a matter of law, when a sports participant injuries...

J.D.M. v. State  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 21S01-1702-JV-84

Justia Opinion Summary: J.D.M. was adjudicated a delinquent for committing child molestation which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a Class C felony. The juvenile court ordered placement of J.D.M. at the Wernle Youth and Family Treat...

In the Matter of: Gene D. Emmons
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 87S00-1604-DI-190
City of Lawrence Utilites Service Board v. Curry  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 49S02-1609-CT-481

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Carlton Curry was appointed as superintendent of Lawrence Utilities, the City of Lawrence’s municipally owned water and sewer utility. Just over two years later, Dean Jessup was elected as mayor of the City in t...

In re Matter of D.J.  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 02S03-1610-JC-548

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court found that the two minor children of Parents were “in need of services” under Ind. Code 31-34-1-1. Mother and Father filed separate notices of appeal challenging the child-in-need-of-services (CHINS) dete...

Ellis v. State  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 71S05-1606-PC-360

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder as class A felonies and two counts of attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury also as class A felonies. Defendant was sentenced to 100 years’ impris...

Wampler v. State  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 14S05-1701-CR-37

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of Class B felony burglary and adjudicated a habitual offender. The trial court sentenced Defendant to an aggregate sentence of thirty-three years. Defendant appealed, arguing that h...

Shoun v. State  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 20S00-1601-LW-61

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of murder. Defendant was sentenced to life without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court, holding (1) the trial court did not commit fundamental...

In the Matter of: Narles W. Coleman
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 98S00-1301-DI-52
Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co. v. Emmert Industrial Corp.  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 49S02-1608-CT-431

Justia Opinion Summary: Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Company contracted with Emmert Industrial Corporation to transport an enormous process tower vessel to Indiana to Tennessee. Despite several troubles resulting in unforeseen costs, Emmert suc...

Kyle Bess v. State of Indiana
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 09S02-1609-CR-484
State v. Hancock  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 39S05-1604-CR-182

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Defendant with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon (SVF) and several other offenses. The SVF charges were based on the State’s allegation that Defendant had previou...

In re Marriage of Reynolds  
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: 29S04-1612-DR-636

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Father and Mother divorced. Mother later filed a motion for rule to show cause (contempt motion) alleging that Father should be held in contempt for failing to comply with the dissolution degree and a subsequent...

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