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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...

Bess v. State  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 09S02-1609-CR-484

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of child solicitation as a Level 5 felony. The offense carried a sentencing range of one to six years, with three years being the advisory sentence. The trial court sentenced Defenda...

D.A. v. State  
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 48S02-1604-MI-183

Justia Opinion Summary: D.A. filed a petition for the expungement of several criminal conviction records. The trial court granted the petition and ordered the expungement of certain records related to D.A.’s convictions. Thereafter, Petitioner...

In the Matter of: Harold E. Bean
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 49S00-1601-DI-2
Day v. State  
Date: August 29, 2016
Docket Number: 24S05-1606-CR-358

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and his wife were on the brink of divorce when Defendant screamed in his wife’s face and spat in her eye. Defendant was found guilty of B-misdemeanor disorderly conduct for knowingly or intentionally engaging i...

Burnell v. State  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 29S02-1512-CR-707

Justia Opinion Summary: Kristy Burnell’s driver’s license was administratively suspended on the grounds that Burnell failed to submit to a chemical test. Burnell sought judicial review. The trial court declined to set aside the suspension, conc...

R.S. v. Marion County Dep’t of Child Servs. & Child Advocates, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 49S04-1606-JT-350

Justia Opinion Summary: After Child was found to be a child in need of services as to Mother and Father, Department of Child Services filed a petition to terminate Father’s parental rights. After a termination hearing, the trial court concluded...

Weaver v. State  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 32S04-1608-CR-415

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted for refusing to identify himself to a law enforcement official. A majority of the court of appeals reversed, concluding that there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction. One judge di...

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