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Court of Appeals in Franklin, Evansville on Thursday

Rebecca Berfanger
January 1, 2007
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The Court of Appeals will be on the road on Thursday, hearing cases in Franklin and Evansville. It will hear its 180th and 181st cases on the road since 2001 when the court began regularly hearing arguments at venues around the state.

State v. Karl Jackson will be heard at Franklin College at 10 a.m. in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center. It marks the court ;s fifth visit to Franklin. The three-judge panel includes Chief Judge John G. Baker, and judges Carr L. Darden, and Margret G. Robb.

The court is asked to decide under what circumstances a person may be convicted of driving with a suspended license for the status of being a habitual violator of traffic laws. The case originated in Hamilton Superior Court.

Sergio Campos v. State will be heard at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville at 2 p.m. (Central Time) at the Health Professions Center Mitchell Auditorium. It marks the court ;s sixth trip to USI. The three-member panel includes judges Melissa S. May, Nancy H. Vaidik, and Michael P. Barnes.

The court is asked to decide several questions regarding procedure and constitutional law in this search and seizure case, including whether a passenger who does not own the car in which he is stopped has standing to challenge a police search that uncovers drugs he owns; whether police, after completing a traffic stop for speeding, may then tell a driver a search of his car is "necessary" when no additional evidence of a crime is apparent; and whether police officers may secretly record conversations between people waiting in a police car when they have not been given their Miranda warnings that they have a right to remain silent. The case originated in Lake Superior Court.

At each location, following oral arguments, the court will answer questions about the judicial process in Indiana from the public and from students.
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