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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ind. Decisions - Two today from the Supreme Court

Here are the two opinions mentioned earlier today in this entry.

In Louis Richard Harris v. State of Indiana, a 6-page opinion, Justice Sullivan writes:

Defendant Louis Richard Harris, Jr., seeks our review and revision of his sentence imposed for two counts of child molesting. The trial court ordered two consecutive sentences of 50 years each, for a total executed sentence of 100 years. We revise the sentences to be served concurrently. * * *

We summarily affirm the Court of Appeals with respect to Harris’s convictions. App. R. 58(A)(2). We remand this case to the trial court with instructions to issue an amended sentencing order and to issue or make any other documents or docket entries necessary to impose a revised sentence consistent with this opinion, without a hearing.

In Ky Morton v. Jerome Ivacic, an 8-page opinion, Chief Justice Shepard writes:
The informality of litigating in small claims court promotes doing substantial justice in a relatively efficient way, conferring benefits on plaintiffs and defendants alike. In this case, the court effectively declined to hear evidence on a tenant‟s affirmative defenses to eviction and ordered immediate possession for the landlord. We conclude that the tenant was not given a sufficient opportunity to present a defense, and therefore reverse.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 11, 2008 04:04 PM
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