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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...

In the Matter of: Divina K. Westerfield
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: 49S00-1505-DI-321
Osborne v. State  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 29S02-1608-CR-433

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a manner that endangers a person and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08. Defendant filed a motion to suppress, clai...

Cruz-Salazar v. State  
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 49S05-1611-CR-626

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with felony possession. Defendant filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the police violated the Fourth Amendment and Article I, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution when they opened his car doo...

ESPN, Inc. v. University of Notre Dame Police Department  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Numbers: 71S05-1606-MI-359, 71S05-1606-MI-359, 71S05-1606-MI-359

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, an investigative reporter with ESPN requested incident reports from the Notre Dame Security Police Department (Department) involving 275 student-athletes. The Department denied the request, asserting that Notre...

Rogers v. Martin  
Date: October 26, 2016
Docket Number: 02S05-1603-CT-114

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela Martin and Brian Brothers co-hosted a house party at which alcohol was served. As the party was winding down, Brothers and two guests, Jerry Chambers and Paul Michalik, got into a fistfight. Martin found Michalik...

Goodwin v. Yeakle's Sports Bar & Grill, Inc  
Date: October 26, 2016
Docket Number: 27S02-1510-CT-627

Justia Opinion Summary: After a shooting that occurred at a bar, Plaintiffs filed a complaint against the bar alleging negligence. The trial court entered summary judgment in favor of the bar, concluding that the shooter’s criminal acts were un...

Victor Karp v. State of Indiana
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15S04-1610-CR-555
State v. Collier  
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: 49S04-1610-PC-554

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to possession of cocaine as a class D felony. In 2007, Appellant filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. The court summarily denied Appellant’s...

In the Matter of: Terry Lee Smith
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: 91S00-1603-DI-136
Patchett v. Lee  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 29S04-1610-CT-549

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant negligently struck Plaintiff’s vehicle, causing Plaintiff injuries that required medical treatment. Defendant admitted she was liable for the accident but contested the reasonable value of Plaintiff’s medical c...

Chuck W. Adams, Charles E. Howard, et al. v. ArvinMeritor, Inc., et al.
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: 49S02-1610-PL-532
Lewis v. State  
Date: October 4, 2016
Docket Number: 45S00-1601-LW-32

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder, murder in the perpetration of criminal deviate conduct, and related crimes. The State sought a sentence of life without parole, but in the penalty phase, the jury wa...

Griffith v. State  
Date: September 29, 2016
Docket Number: 27S00-1503-LW-145

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Defendant appealed, alleging several claims of...

Bell v. State  
Date: September 29, 2016
Docket Number: 49S02-1609-CR-511

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was found guilty of Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief. After sentencing, the trial court held a separate hearing to determine the amount of restitution Defendant owed. The court ultimat...

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