Indiana Supreme Court

Justices hear home explosion appeal

October 5, 2016
Olivia Covington
Nearly four years after he orchestrated an Indianapolis home explosion that killed two people, Mark Leonard is arguing that he should not have to spend the rest of his life in prison because his Sixth Amendment rights were violated.
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Justices opt to resentence convicted murderer facing life without parole

October 4, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court chose to exercise its “appellate prerogative” and resentence a convicted murderer  to a total term of 88 years in prison after the man appealed his sentence on the basis of a Sixth Amendment violation.
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Supreme Court upholds man's murder, robbery convictions

September 29, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a man’s convictions and life sentence for murder and robbery after the justices rejected each of his arguments alleging error on the part of the Grant Superior Court.
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Supreme Court vacates order to require restitution as part of woman’s probation

September 29, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has vacated an order a defendant pay restitution as a condition of probation after finding that the trial court failed to determine that the defendant did not have the ability to pay.
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Domestic relations, tax sale case designations to change

September 26, 2016
IL Staff
Domestic relations case-type designations will change in 2017, from “DR” for all case types to “DC” for cases in which children are involved and “DN” for those without children. The change was announced in an Indiana Supreme Court order issued Friday.
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Indiana Supreme Court hears arguments in home explosion appeal

September 22, 2016
Olivia Covington
Defense counsel for Mark Leonard, the man convicted of killing two people in a 2012 home explosion, argued before the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday that Leonard’s constitutional rights to an attorney were violated when an undercover officer posed as a hitman in prison and questioned Leonard, without his attorney present, about his plan to have a key witness killed.
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Notre Dame police want records secret, ESPN lawyer argues

September 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
Case pits arguments for strict statutory interpretation against a determination based on public policy.
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Supreme Court takes post-conviction case of convicted murderer

September 19, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide if a man convicted of murder in 1996 should be granted post-conviction relief based on the fact that his trial counsel was ineffective and his petition is not barred by laches.
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Supreme Court affirms sentence of man convicted of child solicitation against niece

September 15, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed a trial court’s sentence for a man convicted of felony child solicitation against his teenage niece after it granted the state’s petition for transfer on Wednesday.
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Notre Dame police want records secret, ESPN lawyer argues

September 13, 2016
Dave Stafford
The University of Notre Dame Police Department should be subject to public records laws, an attorney for ESPN argued to the Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday, while lawyers for the NDPD urged the court not to consider the private university’s force a public agency.
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ESPN to argue for Notre Dame records at Supreme Court

September 12, 2016
IL Staff
ESPN will continue its efforts Tuesday to obtain records regarding incidents involving student athletes from the University of Notre Dame Police Department. The Indiana Supreme Court will hold oral arguments Tuesday morning.
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Bail reforms encourage risk assessments in pretrial release decisions

September 7, 2016
IL Staff
As part of an effort to reform the state’s bail system and reduce recidivism rates, the Indiana Supreme Court has adopted a new criminal rule to encourage the prompt release of arrestees who do not pose a significant threat to public safety.
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Justices weigh gun store's liability in policeman's shooting

September 7, 2016
Dave Stafford
A gun store’s possible liability for making a straw sale of a handgun that wounded an Indianapolis police officer is a matter of first impression for Indiana and a case watched closely for legal and policy implications nationwide.
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Symposium to look at commercial courts and e-filing

September 6, 2016
IL Staff
A symposium later this month highlighting the Indiana Supreme Court’s work to modernize the judicial branch will provide information about the state’s new commercial courts and e-filing project.
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Justices rule expungements can’t erase civil forfeitures

September 2, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court held Thursday that Indiana’s second-chance laws that allow expungement of certain criminal convictions do not permit erasure of records of civil forfeitures connected to expunged charges.
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Gun store argues no liability for straw sale linked to officer’s shooting

August 31, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawyers for a gun store sued for making an illegal straw sale of a firearm that was used to shoot an Indianapolis police officer argued Wednesday that Indiana gun sellers are shielded from civil lawsuits even when they break the law.
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Spitting satisfies ‘fighting’ element of disorderly conduct statute

August 29, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court Monday found that the term “fighting” in the disorderly conduct statute is ambiguous and only covers physical altercations, but still upheld a man’s conviction based on his spitting on his wife during an argument.
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60 teachers to get Supreme Court education

August 26, 2016
IL Staff
Sixty teachers from schools in 35 Indiana counties will take part next week in a court education and history program sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Historical Society. Judges and lawyers nominated the educators earlier this year.
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Summit focuses on coordinating efforts to fight drug abuse

August 24, 2016
 Associated Press
State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials huddled Wednesday to discuss ways to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit states.
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Willis takes first administrative lead role in state’s judiciary

August 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Mary Willis is known in the Indiana judiciary for going beyond the day-to-day duties of a trial court judge — a mover and shaker who seemed a natural choice for the newly created position of chief administrative officer for the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Swearing in Slaughter

August 24, 2016
A photo from the Aug. 11 investiture ceremony of Justice Geoffrey Slaughter.
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No appeal in Indiana woman's overturned feticide conviction

August 23, 2016
 Associated Press
The attorney for an Indiana woman whose feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion was overturned said Tuesday he's pleased the state's attorney general decided not to appeal that ruling and hopes she's freed soon from prison.
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Justices: Refusal to submit to chemical test depends on circumstances of each case

August 23, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court declined to go as far as one Court of Appeals judge did in declaring that “anything short of an unqualified, unequivocal assent to a properly offered chemical test constitutes a refusal.” In affirming the administrative suspension of a woman’s driver’s license, the justices concluded that whether someone refuses to submit to a chemical test depends on the circumstances of each case.
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Supreme Court creates senior judge committee

August 19, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has established a senior judge committee tasked with finding new ways veteran jurists can assist state courts.
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Attorney suspended for lack of action in client cases

August 17, 2016
IL Staff
An Indianapolis attorney has been suspended for at least one year after he failed to take action on three clients’ matters and did not refund unearned flat fees. One justice believed his actions warranted disbarment.
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