Supreme Court of Indiana Decisions 2019

Easler v. State  
Date: September 20, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-324

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, holding that the trial court abused its discretion in refusing to conduct a hearing...

Rainbow Realty Group, Inc. v. Carter  
Date: September 13, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CC-38

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the trial court in this landlord-tenant dispute, holding that the parties' rent-to-buy agreement was not a land-sale contract but a rental agreement...

Paquette v. State  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-502

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing in part Defendant's convictions, holding that that the court of appeals' effort to correct a double jeopardy violation misconstrued Paquette v. Sta...

In the Matter of Brent Welke
Date: September 10, 2019
Docket Number: 49S00-1707-DI-472
Faith v. State  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-499

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals revising Defendant's sentence for three counts of Class A felony child molesting and revised the sentences to the original terms set by the trial court, hold...

Shaw v. State  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-PC-466

Justia Opinion Summary: In this post-conviction proceeding, the Supreme Court held that a post-conviction petition that addresses only the proceedings on remand from a federal court's grant of a new trial is not a "second" or "successive" petit...

M.I. v. K.H.  
Date: August 9, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-JT-281

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court refusing to terminate Mother's parental rights on the ground that termination was not in the children's best interests, holding that the court's conclusion that...

Murray v. Indianapolis Public Schools  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CT-282

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court granting summary judgment for Defendants and dismissing this suit brought by the estate of an Arlington Community High School student who was murdered after leav...

Rodriguez v. State  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CR-143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's petition to modify his sentence on the grounds that it was not authorized to modify the sentence imposed under Defendant's fixed-term plea ag...

Cardosi v. State  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-LW-181

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder and other crimes and sentencing him to life without parole, holding that each of Defendant's contentions on appeal were without me...

State v. Stafford  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 39S04-1712-CR-749

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant's petition to modify her Class B felony sentence, holding that the trial court had no discretion to modify Defendant's sentence because Defend...

Dadouch v. State  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-404

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery, holding that Defendant did not validly waive his right to a jury trial. In the underlying proceedings Defendant signed two advis...

NIPSCO Industrial Group v. Northern Indiana Public Service Co.  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-EX-475

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approving two complex, multi-year settlements regarding rates and infrastructure investments under the TDSIC Statute, Ind. Code ch. 8-1-39...

V.B. v. Indiana Department of Child Services  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-JC-603

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the finding of the trial court that five children were children in need of services (CHINS), holding that the doctrine of res judicata applies to bar a repeated filing of a CHINS petition based...

Horner v. Curry  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-PL-333

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court ruling that Indiana's Civil Forfeiture Statute was constitutional, holding that the General Assembly may decide how and when forfeiture proceeds accrue to the...

Morrison v. Vasquez  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CT-382

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two consolidated cases, the Supreme Court held that, for the purposes of determining preferred venue pursuant to Trial Rule 75(A)(4), the actual principal office of an organization with a location in the State o...

Hodges v. State  
Date: June 27, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-MI-117

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court ordering state police officers to turn over to federal authorities a shipped box containing U.S. currency wrapped in multiple layers of sealed packaging that bor...

Tunstall v. Manning  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CT-18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the verdict of the jury in Plaintiff's favor in this personal injury case, holding that an expert witness's professional licensure status and the reasons for professional discipline may be admi...

International Business Machines Corp. v. State ex rel. Indiana Family & Social Services Administration  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-PL-19

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that International Business Machines, Corp. (IBM) was entitled to post-judgment interest on its $49.5 million damages award as entered by the trial court and affirmed by this Court in IBM I running...

Brewer v. PACCAR, Inc.  
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CT-451

Justia Opinion Summary: In this Indiana Product Liability Act (IPLA) design-defect case, the Supreme Court held that the the trial court erred in determining that a component-part manufacturer owed no duty, as a matter of law, to install safety...

In the Matter of Hilary Bowe Ricks
Date: June 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-DI-574
Springfield v. State  
Date: June 10, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-348

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted transfer in this case to eliminate a residual double jeopardy violation not addressed by the court of appeals, holding that one of Defendant's remaining convictions must be reduced to a lesser i...

Town of Brownsburg, Indiana v. Fight Against Brownsburg Annexation  
Date: June 5, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-PL-342

Justia Opinion Summary: In this municipal-annexation case, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court against the Town of Brownsburg, holding that a trial court hearing a remonstrance proceeding on judicial review must consider...

O'Bryant v. Adams  
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-PL-584

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff's claims against Indiana-resident defendants without prejudice, holding that the trial court erred in basing its dismissal on lack of person...

In re Honorable Robert W. Freese  
Date: June 4, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-JD-52

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court found that the Honorable Robert W. Freese, Judge of the Hendricks Superior Court 1, engaged in judicial misconduct and ordered that Judge Freese be suspended from the office of judge without pay for for...

Lewis v. Toliver  
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-EU-507

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's exercise of discretion to reconsider its initial appointment of the decedent's father as special administrator for the decedent's estate, holding that, though not required by...

State v. Ruiz  
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-336

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court granting Defendant's motion to suppress statements he made during an interrogation as inadmissible in his criminal trial, holding that there was substantial, pro...

Barber v. State  
Date: May 29, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-329

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to modify his sentence, holding that Defendant needed the prosecutor's consent to modification before the court could modify his sente...

Bedolla v. State  
Date: May 28, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-PC-328

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the post-conviction court's order denying Appellant's motion to correct error and remanded this matter for further proceedings, holding that a post-conviction court abuses its discretion when i...

Kelly v. State  
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CR-585

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of dealing in a narcotic drug and resisting law enforcement, holding that the trial court did not commit fundamental error by allowing the S...

Lake County Council v. Honorable John R. Pera  
Date: May 16, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CB-442

Justia Opinion Summary: In this mandate-of-funds action in which the only remaining dispute was over what attorney's fees and expenses the Judges of Lake Superior Court should recover, the Supreme Court affirmed the Special Judge's ruling that...

In re Civil Commitment of T.W. v. St. Vincent Hospital & Health Care Center, Inc.  
Date: April 30, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-MH-264

Justia Opinion Summary: In these two mental health cases, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals of the temporary commitment orders of two individuals, holding that the Probate Commissioner lacked authority to enter the commitment orders. Al...

In the Matter of Marjonie Diane Gabriel
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-DI-6
Bennett v. State  
Date: April 2, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CR-538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court revoking Defendant's community corrections placement for possessing obscene matter, holding that the evidence was insufficient to revoke Defendant's probation fo...

Fairbanks v. State  
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CR-604

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for felony neglect of a dependent resulting in her death, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence at trial that Defendant had, on...

Batchelor v. State  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CR-436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of felony resisting, holding that the challenged instruction in this case potentially misled the jury as an incorrect statement of law but t...

City of Hammond v. Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-PL-148

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Fee Exemption, a provision in Ind. Code 36-1-20-5 that allows the cities of Bloomington and West Lafayette to charge local landlords any amount to register rental properties, is unconstitu...

Zanders v. State  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 15S01-1611-CR-571

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions, holding that accessing Defendant’s historical cell-site location information (CSLI) was a Fourth Amendment search under Carpenter v. United States, 585 U.S. __ (2018),...

Bobadilla v. State  
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-PC-128

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the lower courts denying Appellant’s petition for post-conviction relief on the basis that his attorney provided deficient performance that prejudiced him, holding that counsel...

Marshall v. State  
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-CR-464

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained after Defendant was stopped for speeding, holding that there was reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop...

State v. Neff  
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-IF-478

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s judgment in favor of the Town of Yorktown’s Clerk-Treasurer, Beth Neff, holding that the State’s request to remove Neff did not fall within the exceptionally rare category of...

Horejs v. Milford  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CT-97

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s grant of partial summary judgment on David Shaner’s claim for damages related to loss of consortium after his wife Laura’s death due to complications with the administration o...

In re Honorable Geoff L. Robison  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-JD-466

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court terminated the disciplinary proceedings relating to the circumstances giving rise to this judicial misconduct case, holding that continued litigation would be an inefficient use of judicial resources be...

Q.D.-A., Inc. v. Indiana Department of Workforce Development  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-EX-43

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Liability Administrative Law Judge (LALJ) concluding that Driver was Q.D.-A.’s employee under the Unemployment Compensation Act, holding that because Q.D.-A. proved the Act’...

Brittany Erin Hoak v. State of Indiana
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-CR-17
J.W. v. State  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 19S-JV-12

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether to extend the holding in Tumulty v. State, 666 N.E.2d 394 (Ind. 1996) that a adult criminal defendant cannot challenge the validity of his guilty plea on direct appeal to an agreed delin...

Moriarity v. Indiana Department of Natural Resources  
Date: January 3, 2019
Docket Number: 18S-PL-296

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court affirming the order of the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) finding that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) use of a dam on Appellants’ propert...

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