Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Ind. Decisions - Court of Appeals issues 3 today (and 6 NFP)
For publication opinions today (3):
In Rodney Melton v. State of Indiana, a 16-page opinion, Judge Brown writes:
Rodney Melton appeals his conviction and sentence for dissemination of matter harmful to minors as a class D felony and his sentence for child molesting as a class C felony. Melton raises three issues which we consolidate and restate as: I. Whether the evidence is sufficient to sustain Melton’s conviction for dissemination of matter harmful to minors; and II. Whether Melton’s sentence is inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense and the character of the offender. We affirm.In In Re: The Matter of A.H., and S.H., Minor Children, V.H., Mother v. Indiana Department of Child Services, a 17-page, 2-1 opinion, Judge Brown writes:
V.H. (“Mother”) appeals the trial court’s order granting Petitions to Interview Children filed by the Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”). Mother raises one issue, which we revise and restate as whether the court erred in issuing the order. We affirm. * * *In In the Matter of the Commitment of T.K. v. Department of Veterans Affairs, a 14-page opinion, Judge Bradford writes:
Based upon the record and under these circumstances, we conclude that Mother has failed to establish that the trial court erred in granting DCS’s Petitions to Interview Children or that she was denied due process. Accordingly, we affirm the ruling of the trial court.
BRADFORD, J., concurs.
RILEY, J., dissents with separate opinion. [which concludes] I conclude that the case does not present an issue of great public interest and, therefore, I would dismiss the appeal as moot.
An application for the emergency detention of Appellant-Respondent T.K. was filed on February 8, 2013. The application alleged that T.K. was a mentally ill and dangerous person. That same day, the trial court issued an order granting the application. T.K. was admitted to the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (“the VA Medical Center”) on or about February 11, 2013. Following a February 19, 2013 evidentiary hearing, the trial court issued an order of regular commitment, finding that T.K. was suffering from mental illness and was dangerous to others. On appeal, T.K. challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain the trial court’s order. * * *NFP civil opinions today (1):
In sum, concluding that the evidence is sufficient to sustain the trial court’s determination that, without treatment, T.K. posed a danger to others as well as the determination that the ordered regular commitment offered the least restrictive alternative to ensure that T.K. received the needed long-term inpatient and outpatient treatment, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.
NFP criminal opinions today (5):
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 21, 2013 10:59 AM
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