Justices decline injured officer’s benefits case

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The Indiana Supreme Court will leave in place the amount of disability benefits an Indianapolis police officer will receive after he was shot in the line of duty.

The justices declined to take Jason A. Fishburn v. Indiana Public Retirement System, 49A02-1305-MI-391, in which Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jason Fishburn challenged the method used to calculate an additional monthly benefit. He argued since he has a 45-percent impairment, he should be entitled to 45 percent in additional benefits, for a total of 90 percent of his officer salary. His disability benefits are based on the benefit for a Class 1 impairment of 45 percent.

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the calculation of 45 percent – the base monthly benefit for a Class 1 impairment – plus 34.85 percent in the additional monthly benefit.  

The Supreme Court granted transfer last week and issued opinions reducing the sentences imposed on two Anderson juveniles convicted in a double homicide.

The justices vote 3-2 to vacate transfer to State of Indiana v. Molly Gray, 62S01-102-CR-76, in which the Court of Appeals affirmed on interlocutory appeal suppression of evidence collected from Molly Gray’s van that was used to charge her with possession of methamphetamine. Justices Steven David and Mark Massa voted to keep the case.

The high court also denied transfer to 9 other cases for the week ending June 6.



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