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Justices take Fort Wayne hospital race discrimination appeal

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The Indiana Supreme Court will take a race discrimination case involving a Fort Wayne hospital as one of three cases unanimously granted transfer for the week ending July 27. Justices denied transfer in 23 cases.

The justices agreed to hear St. Joseph Hospital v. Richard Cain, 02S05-1207-PL-429. The trial court affirmed Cain’s award of $31,469 by the Fort Wayne Human Relations Commission after Cain, a behavioral health assessment specialist, was terminated.

 The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, finding the hospital properly challenged the commission’s alleged lack of quorum in its motion to dismiss.

Justices also accepted another lawsuit involving a health care provider in Sharon Wright and Leslie Wright v. Anthony E. Miller, D.P.M. and Achilles Podiatry Group, 54S01-1207-CT-430.

Sharon Wright brought a malpractice claim that the trial court threw out because it ruled Wright failed to comply with discovery orders and follow court orders. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, finding that delays were beyond Wright’s control.

The Indiana Supreme Court agreed to review one criminal case, Juan M. Garrett v. State of Indiana, 49S04-1207-PC-431. In that case, the Court of Appeals affirmed denial of post-conviction relief for a rape conviction and sentence.

Among the 23 cases the justices denied transfer was Latisha A. Lawson v. State of Indiana, 02A03-1107-CR-350.

Lawson was convicted of murder in the suffocation of her 2-year-old son after she forced him to drink an oil-and-vinegar concoction to exorcise demons as part of what she believed was a plan God revealed to her, according to court records. The Court of Appeals affirmed her conviction when weighing whether evidence was sufficient to support the jury’s rejection of Lawson’s insanity defense.

The transfer list may be viewed here.


 

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