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The Indiana Supreme Court accepted four cases on transfer last week, which included a decision on a first impression issue on whether third-party carriers are included in the statute regarding filing proposed medical malpractice complaints.


The justices took for the week ending March 14:
•    Frank Jacobs v. State of Indiana, 49S04-1403-CR-162. The Indiana Court of Appeals vacated Frank Jacobs’ conviction of Class B felony criminal confinement due to a double jeopardy violation. The judges ruled his conviction of confinement was based on the same behavior that was used to convict him of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct – that he forcibly performed oral sex on a minor boy.
•    State of Indiana v. Adrian Lotaki, 32S01-1403-CR-151. In this not-for-publication decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals dismissed the state’s appeal of the trial court’s denial of its motion to correct erroneous sentence after ruling the state isn’t authorized to bring the appeal.
•    Eric William Stahl v. State of Indiana, 45S04-1403-PC-163. The justices vacated the Sept. 30 order dismissing the appeal and remanded the case to the Court of Appeals for further proceedings.
 

On March 10 the justices granted transfer and issued their opinion in Bonnie Moryl, as Surviving Spouse and Personal Representative of the Estate of Richard A. Moryl, Deceased v. Carey B. Ransone, M.D., La Porte Hospital, Dawn Forney, RN, Wanda Wakeman, RN BSBA, B. Prast, RN, and Carol Cutter, in her capacity as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Insurance, 46S04-1403-CT-149. Bonnie Moryl argued that her proposed medical malpractice complaint stemming from the death of her husband on April 20, 2007, which she sent to the DOI on April 19, 2009, via FedEx, should be considered timely filed even though the department did not receive it and file stamp it until April 21. The defendants sought summary judgment, claiming the complaint was filed outside of the two-year statute of limitations, which the LaPorte Superior Court granted.

The justices ruled the complaint was timely filed.

The justices denied transfer to 24 cases. The complete list of cases is available online.

 

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  1. Hail to our Constitutional Law Expert in the Executive Office! “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law,” Obama said.

  2. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  3. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  4. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  5. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

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