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Justices accept 3 cases this week

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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The Indiana Supreme Court will consider cases involving payments under the Worker's Compensation Act and also how to determine whether someone is a sexually violent predator, justices decided this week.

Two transfers came Thursday in Christopher Brown, DDS, Inc. v. Decatur County Memorial Hospital, 93A02-0703-EX-236, and Alan C. Jones v. State of Indiana, 61A01-0704-CR-174. Justices also granted another case, Aaron Reid v. State, with an opinion that reduced an Anderson man's sentence by 20 years in a murder for hire plot.

In Brown, the court will consider a case that the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled on in August and held that prejudgment interest isn't available to health care providers for belated payments on services rendered under the Indiana Worker's Compensation Act. Brown, a dental specialist, performed face, head, neck, and jaw work in 2001 on a woman injured in an auto accident, and later filed a claim against the hospital insurer for $10,597 in unpaid services - an 8 percent annum was later added. The insurer paid the full amount, and a single board determined last year that Brown was entitled to prejudgment interest; the full board reversed that decision and the appellate court affirmed that Brown wasn't entitled to the prejudgment interest.

The criminal case justices accepted involves a trial court's ruling that Jones was a sexually violent predator, as well as its decision to revoke Jones' probation and reinstate his 10-year suspended sentence as a result of sexual contact with the victim. In its opinion, the appellate panel affirmed the classification because the lower court can determine status in probation revocation hearings, not just original sentencing.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

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