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Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Indiana

In the Matter of: Doug Bernacchi
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 46S00-1512-DI-694
Virginia Garwood and Kristen Garwood v. State of Indiana, et al.
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: 31S01-1710-CT-647
Jefferson Jean-Baptiste v. State of Indiana
Date: October 3, 2017
Docket Number: 49S02-1707-CR-500
State v. Thakar  
Date: October 2, 2017
Docket Number: 29S02-1705-CR-284

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court overruled Salter v. State, 906 N.E.2d 2012 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009), which found Ind. Code 35-49-3-3(a)(1) (the Dissemination Statute) void for vagueness was applied because the intended recipient met India...

Thomas v. State  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: 27S02-1703-CR-170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of Class A felony dealing in a narcotic drug. The Court of Appeals reversed Defendant’s conviction, concluding that the police violated his...

Archer v. State  
Date: September 6, 2017
Docket Number: 49S04-1705-CR-288

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court requiring Defendant to pay $5,240.32 in restitution. Defendant pled guilty to level 6 felony auto theft, and the victim’s vehicle came back heavily spray-painted. T...

In the Matter of: Beau J. White
Date: September 5, 2017
Docket Number: 27S00-1703-DI-131
In the Matter of: John Downey Pierce
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 61S00-1703-DI-153
Michael R. Pilkington v. Karen A. Pilkington
Date: August 30, 2017
Docket Number: 18S02-1708-PL-554
Price v. Indiana Department of Child Services; Director of Indiana Department of Child Services  
Date: August 28, 2017
Docket Number: 49S05-1705-PL-285

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Indiana Code section 31-25-2-5, no family case manager at the Indiana Department of Child Services can oversee more than 17 children at a time who are receiving services. The statute does not require the Department...

John Doe #1 v. Indiana Department of Child Services  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 49S02-1609-CT-464

Justia Opinion Summary: When an individual reported child abuse, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) told the reporter that his report was confidential. The Department however, released the report without redacting the identity of th...

Board of Commissioners of Union County v. McGuinness  
Date: August 15, 2017
Docket Number: 81S01-1708-PL-529

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing this action brought by the Board of Commissioners of Union County (Union County) seeking a declaratory judgment and an injunction against the Commissi...

McAlpin v. State  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: 39S01-1705-CR-342

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions, rendered after a jury trial, for committing various meth-related crimes with a drug-free-zone enhancement. The court of appeals reversed the drug-free=zone enhancement...

In the Matter of: Gillian DePrez Keiffner
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: 49S00-1509-DI-522
Leonard v. State  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 02S00-1604-LW-185

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s judgment convicting Defendant of two counts of knowing murder, one count of conspiracy to commit arson, and dozens of counts of arson. The trial court sentenced Defendant to l...

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