Indiana Supreme Court

Justices rule jury instruction not fundamental error

June 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court found a jury instruction that jurors “shall presume” that a man’s alcohol concentration equivalent was above the legal limit if his chemical test, taken hours later, was at 0.08 or higher was not fundamental error. As such, it affirmed his conviction.
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Henry County judge to lead new Indiana Supreme Court office

June 17, 2016
IL Staff
Henry Circuit Judge Mary Willis has been named the first chief administrative officer of the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Justices toss meth conviction, advise courts on indigent depositions

June 16, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Huntington County man’s conviction for dealing meth and 40-year sentence were reversed Thursday by the Indiana Supreme Court, which remanded the case for a new trial and used the decision to send a message to trial courts. The court ruled the denial of depositions of state witnesses by indigent defendants must be supported in the record by findings of fact.
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New Coalition for Court Access aims to improve delivery of civil legal services

June 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
After establishing three committees to tackle the persistent problem of unrepresented litigants trying to maneuver their way through the state’s judicial system, the Indiana Supreme Court has decided to start over.
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Can records of civil forfeitures be expunged?

June 15, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Supreme Court is considering whether files on property judgments "relate to the person’s felony conviction."
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Slaughter sworn in as 109th justice

June 13, 2016
IL Staff
Geoffrey G. Slaughter was sworn in as an Indiana Supreme Court justice Monday morning in a brief, private ceremony, court spokeswoman Kathryn Dolan said. Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush administered the oath of office, allowing Slaughter, formerly a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, to begin deciding cases and handling administrative matters with his colleagues.
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Slaughter to join Indiana Supreme Court Monday

June 7, 2016
IL Staff
Geoffrey G. Slaughter will be sworn as an Indiana Supreme Court justice next week, the court announced Tuesday. Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush will administer the oath of office Monday in a brief, private ceremony, which will allow Slaughter, formerly a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, to begin deciding cases and handling administrative matters with his colleagues.
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Nominations open for Supreme Court teacher workshop

June 6, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush is asking lawyers and judges to nominate teachers for a free one-day workshop focusing on the work of the state’s courts.
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Justices rule Ed Martin Toyota can relocate to Hamilton County

June 2, 2016
Scott Roberts
Three central Indiana Toyota dealers lost their battle to stop a fourth from moving into their vicinity as the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday they did not have standing to stop the move from happening.
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Indiana in minority on how it handles Supreme Court ties

June 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
Indiana is in the minority when it comes to handling state Supreme Court ties, according to a recent article by a Texas Supreme Court justice.
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Justices: Divorced parents don't have to pay graduate school costs for their children

June 1, 2016
Scott Roberts
In a unanimous decision, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled divorced parents cannot be obligated to pay the graduate or professional school expenses of their adult children in a case where a mother and father were forced to share a child’s dental school expenses after she completed her undergraduate degree.
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Judge’s actions move IBM case back to Supreme Court

June 1, 2016
Dave Stafford
There appears to be no end in sight to the ‘extraordinary’ canceled welfare contract lawsuit involving the state and IBM.
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Indiana Bar Foundation welcomes new president a month early

May 31, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Supreme Court justice-appointee Geoffrey Slaughter is resigning his position as Indiana Bar Foundation president a month earlier than his term would have ended.
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Indiana Supreme Court deadlocks on protective order case

May 27, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court reinstated an Indiana Court of Appeals decision in a protection order case it took on transfer after the four justices deadlocked on how to resolve the case.
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Judge faces Supreme Court removal petition in State v. IBM case

May 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Petitions filed Monday with the Indiana Supreme Court argue a Marion County judge defied a Supreme Court order and overstepped his authority in ruling on remand that the state could prove no damages from its canceled $1.3 billion welfare-privatization contract with IBM.
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Newborn blood sample case appealed to Indiana’s high court

May 20, 2016
 Associated Press
An Indiana couple seeking the destruction of millions of newborn blood samples stored in a state warehouse is appealing their case to the Indiana Supreme Court. The couple's attorney filed a petition Thursday asking the state high court to take up the case.
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Supreme Court rehearing sought in lawmaker email fight

May 19, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The battle over legislators' emails continues as the groups fighting to make public the correspondence between a Republican Representative and lobbyists filed for a rehearing with the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Ex-prosecutor Brizzi faces disciplinary complaint

May 19, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission is recommending former Marion County Prosecutor Carl J. Brizzi III be punished for "a pattern of misconduct" that occurred during his time in office.
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Supreme Court disbars South Bend lawyer

May 19, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court issued a disbarment decision Wednesday finding Elton Johnson committed attorney misconduct in a number of ways. The per curiam decision lists incompetent representation, converting client funds and failing to cooperate with the disciplinary process as reasons for Johnson's disbarment.
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Slaughter moves from arguing high-profile cases to judging them

May 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
New Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter brings an impressive resume and a wealth of experience, but he acknowledges a couple of learning curves ahead.
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Rucker likely to leave Supreme Court in 2017

May 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
Justice Robert Rucker, a Gary native appointed to the court by Democratic Gov. Frank O'Bannon in 1999, will turn 70 in January. Rucker informally has informed lawyers and judges he intends to retire from the court sometime next year in order to begin a dialog among those who may consider serving on the court.
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Indiana Supreme Court establishes new committee for civil legal aid

May 17, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In an amendment to the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, the Indiana Supreme Court is revamping its response to civil legal aid.
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Justices deadlock 2-2 on transfer in two cases

May 16, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Supreme Court deadlocked on one case after oral arguments and denied transfer to another after a 2-2 vote in the court's list of transfer dispositions for the week ending May 13. The split vote in the absence of a fifth justice reinstates rulings of the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Rucker likely to leave Supreme Court in 2017

May 12, 2016
Dave Stafford
The senior justice on the Indiana Supreme Court expects to step down sometime in 2017, which would complete a total turnover of the bench that began in 2010.
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State seeks new judge after surprise ruling in IBM case

May 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
Lawyers representing the state in its ongoing lawsuit against IBM over a canceled $1.3 billion welfare privatization contract have asked for a new judge in the case and moved to void his latest ruling that said the state wasn’t entitled to damages for breach of contract.
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  1. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  2. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  3. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  4. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

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