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Gingerich reversal won’t get high court review

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The Indiana Supreme Court will let stand the reversal of a trial court’s adult conviction and 25-year executed sentence for Paul Henry Gingerich, who was 12 at the time he and an older boy shot and killed a Kosciusko County man.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller appealed the Indiana Court of Appeals’ ruling in December that threw out Gingerich’s murder conspiracy conviction. The judges held that the Kosciusko County trial court abused its discretion in denying Gingerich a continuance of a waiver hearing from juvenile court for which his defenders had five days to prepare. The case was remanded for a new hearing in juvenile court.

Gingerich, now 15, pleaded guilty and was sentenced as an adult for his role as the younger co-defendant in the 2010 shooting death of Phillip Danner. Also convicted was Danner’s stepson, Colt Lundy, who was 15 at the time.

The case drew international attention as Gingerich was believed to be the youngest person in Indiana history to be convicted as an adult for his involvement in a killing.

The justices unanimously rejected a petition to transfer. “The court has voted on the petition. Each participating member has had the opportunity to voice that justice’s views on the case in conference with the other justices,” according to a March 7 docket entry. “The court now denies the appellee’s petition to transfer jurisdiction.”

Read more about the Gingerich case in Indiana Lawyer.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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