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Justices to hear 2 arguments

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2008
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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear two arguments Thursday morning.

At 9 a.m., justices will hear a direct appeal in David Camm v. State, No. 87S00-0612-CR-499, which comes from Warrick Superior Court and involves a former state trooper convicted two years ago of murdering his family.

Camm is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole following his second conviction in the September 2000 murders of his wife and their two children, 7-year-old Bradley and 5-year-old Jill, in southern Indiana. The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned his first conviction in 2004 because of improper evidence used at trial, and jurors in January 2006 convicted him a second time on three counts of murder.

This appeal involves issues about how the defense was not allowed to introduce evidence about a co-defendant's criminal history, as well as how the prosecution argued at trial that Camm murdered his family to cover up an alleged molestation.

The second argument at 9:45 a.m. comes in Debra Barnett v. Camille Clark, No. 76S03-0803-CV-148, which hails from Steuben County and involves whether a township trustee should be liable for an employee's sex crimes committed in conjunction with his or her job. Barnett alleged the trustee, Clark, was liable for the sexual misconduct of her employee under the doctrine of respondeat superior, and the trial court entered summary judgment for the trustee. But the Court of Appeals reversed last year and found the employee was acting within the scope of his employment.

Both arguments will be webcast live online at http://www.indianacourts.org/apps/webcasts/.
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