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Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Indiana

In re Adoption of E.B.F.
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 18S-AD-167
Care Group Heart Hospital, LLC v. Sawyer
Date: March 23, 2018
Docket Number: 49S05-1710-PL-671
In re Honorable Dean A. Young  
Date: March 14, 2018
Docket Number: 05S00-1706-JD-430

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court found that the Honorable Dean A. Young, a circuit court judge, engaged in judicial misconduct and ordered that Judge Young be suspended from office without pay for six days. The matter was before the S...

T.H. v. State  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: 18S-JV-80

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed T.H.’s adjudication as a delinquent but remanded the case to the trial court to modify its records to show that T.H. committed an act that would be criminal mischief as a Class B misdemeanor....

In the Matter of Robert John Wray
Date: February 27, 2018
Docket Number: 02S00-1511-DI-648
Robinson v. State  
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 18S-CR-33

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to attempted residential entry and resisting law enforcement. Defendant failed to appear at his sentencing hearing. Counsel moved for a continuance of the sentencing hearing, but the trial court...

Brantley v. State  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 18S-CR-98

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter without also being charged with murder, was properly found guilty even where the State conceded the existence of sudden heat to support the standalone charge. On ap...

Phipps v. State  
Date: February 16, 2018
Docket Number: 28S05-1707-CR-499

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was what constitutes sufficient evidence to prove a person intentionally or knowingly violated a protective order. K.G., the pastor of a small Indiana church, sought a protective order against Defe...

McCallister v. State  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 87S00-1609-LW-497

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and sentencing him to life imprisonment without parole for the murder conviction. The Supreme Cour...

Gunderson v. State  
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 46S03-1706-PL-423

Justia Opinion Summary: The boundary separating public trust land from privately-owned riparian land along the shores of Lake Michigan is the common-law ordinary high water mark (OHWM). Absent an authorized legislative conveyance, the State ret...

Ward v. Carter  
Date: February 13, 2018
Docket Number: 46S03-1709-PL-569

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Correction’s change to Indian’s lethal injection protocol, which added Brevital to the lethal injection cocktail, does not carry the effect of law, and therefore, the new three-drug protocol is not a ru...

L.G. v. S.L.  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 18S-AD-32

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court judge is not required to recuse himself or herself from a case solely because counsel for one of the parties served as a professional reference and wrote a recommendation letter in support of the judge’s ap...

Jessica McCain v. State of Indiana
Date: January 17, 2018
Docket Number: 18S-CR-26
Calvin v. State  
Date: December 21, 2017
Docket Number: 02S03-1709-CR-611

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court rejected the State’s invitation to graft new language onto Indiana’s habitual-fender statutes, which count all prior non-Indiana felonies as Level 6 felonies and do not allow a habitual-offender finding...

Johnson v. State  
Date: December 21, 2017
Docket Number: 32S05-1707-CR-469

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the habitual offender statute in one of its recently amended forms, Ind. Code 35-50-2-8(d) (Supp. 2015), and whether each lower-level felony used for habitual offender purposes must meet the statute’s ten-ye...

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