Indiana Supreme Court

Supreme Court: Rules of Evidence allowed admission of gun

June 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a decision reaffirming the notion that the doctrine of res gestae is defunct and is not grounds for admission of evidence, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the admission of a gun and resulting convictions in a joint Lake County resisting law enforcement and battery trial for two defendants.
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High court strikes down extension of community caretaking role to non-vehicle searches

June 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a portion of an Indiana Court of Appeals opinion that extended the law enforcement community caretaker role beyond questions regarding seizures of a vehicle. The justices did affirm the man's cocaine conviction, however, finding his constitutional arguments failed. 

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Goff joining Indiana Supreme Court July 24

June 19, 2017
IL Staff
A temporary replacement for the judge of the Wabash Superior Court has been appointed as current Judge Christopher Goff prepares to step down from the trial court bench and transition to the Indiana Supreme Court next month.
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Arguments Thursday in drug case near park with no equipment

June 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments next week on whether children were reasonably expected to be playing at a park with no playground equipment or trees, the central question that must be answered to determine if a man should be convicted of cooking meth within 500 feet of the park.
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Justices question teen's LWOP sentence at oral arguments

June 15, 2017
Olivia Covington
In Indiana, only five juveniles have been sentenced to life without parole. Now, the fate of the fifth juvenile rests with the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court, who must decide whether the teen’s act of shooting and killing another 17-year-old rises to a level of offense that warrants spending the rest of his life behind bars.
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Attorney disbarred for falsifying statements, evidence to disciplinary commission

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indianapolis attorney charged with making false statements and submitting false evidence to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission in an attempt to be reinstated to the practice of law has instead been disbarred.
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Justices to decide if man should face charge for sending teen explicit photo

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
There are two, possibly conflicting, statutes at play in a case now under consideration by the Indiana Supreme Court in a case involving an explicit photo sent to a teen – one that sets the age of consent for sexual activity at 16 years old, and one that prohibits the dissemination of matter “harmful to minors” to any minor under the age of 18.
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Indiana Supreme Court offices on the move

June 14, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indiana’s restructured Office of Judicial Administration will get new digs at a lower cost later this year, officials said.
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Holcomb praises justice pick's 'sharp legal mind'

June 12, 2017
Olivia Covington
A rural Indiana judge with more than a decade of experience on a trial court bench has been selected as Indiana’s 110th Supreme Court justice.
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Holcomb picks Goff as next Indiana justice

June 12, 2017
IL Staff
Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff has been selected as the 110th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday.
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Justices to decide whether adults can send sexually explicit images to certain teens

June 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
After oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court next week, the justices will decide if adults can send sexually explicit photos to 16- and 17-year-olds without breaking state law.
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Justices weigh restitution order linked to car theft

June 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Supreme Court will decide if the state properly assessed restitution against a woman convicted of auto theft after hearing oral arguments Thursday morning that suggested there was no evidence directly linking her to some of the damage to the vehicle.
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ACLU, solicitor general argue to justices over DCS caseloads

June 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Opposing counsel and the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court were agreed on one issue during oral arguments Thursday in a case involving the Department of Child Services – family case managers are the “backbone” of the work DCS does for Hoosier children.
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DUI refusal requires retest after insufficient sample

June 1, 2017
Olivia Covington
Indiana law requires law enforcement officers to administer a second chemical breath test if the first test produces an insufficient sample, unless the person taking the test demonstrates a clear unwillingness to cooperate, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in an opinion reinstating a woman’s driving privileges.
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Justices to hear arguments in caseload case against DCS this week

May 30, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments this week to determine whether an employee of the Indiana Department of Child Services can bring a class-action complaint against her employer for an alleged violation of statutory caseload limits under the public standing doctrine.
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Justices consider ‘reasonable’ standard in flash bang search case

May 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
As criticism across the country continues to grow against the use of flash bang devices, a highly controversial police diversionary tool, the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court must decide whether the use of such a tool in Evansville constituted an unreasonable assault on the home.
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Ex-prosecutor faces discipline for failing to disclose false testimony

May 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
A former Porter County deputy prosecutor and a member of the Valparaiso City Council faces sanctions from the Indiana Supreme Court for allegedly withholding from the defense that an alleged victim said he had been coached to lie and had recanted allegations of sexual abuse.
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Former Indiana justices reunite for event saluting Rucker

May 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
Members of Indiana’s legal community who have worked with now-retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker gathered in Indianapolis Wednesday to celebrate the impact the long-time jurist had on the practice of law in Indiana during his quarter-century career on the appellate bench.
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Justices to hear arguments in Evansville 'military-style assault' case

May 24, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana’s Supreme Court is set to hear cases Thursday involving the withdrawal of guilty pleas, the use of search warrants and the revocation of good-time credit.
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Supreme Court declines case involving RFRA as a tax defense

May 24, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court won't take up a case involving an Indianapolis man who tried to use the state's religious objections law as a defense for not paying his state taxes.
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Order adds Rules Committee members, changes amendment procedure

May 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has increased the number of members required for its Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure while also amending the process for recommending and adopting a rule change in a series of amendments to Trial Rule 80 that took effect Friday.
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Supreme Court seeking comments on proposed rule amendments

May 22, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking comment from legal professionals and members of the public on proposed amendments to various Indiana judicial rules.
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Senior judge appointed part time to Pulaski Superior Court

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
A Pulaski County senior judge has been appointed to replace a former Superior Court judge in the county on a part-time basis as the search for the judge’s permanent replacement continues.
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Supreme Court authorizes cameras in courtrooms for National Adoption Day

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has once again authorized the use of cameras and recording devices in Indiana’s courtrooms to celebrate National Adoption Day proceedings this fall.
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Justices weigh whether negligent hiring claim allowed against Pizza Hut

May 18, 2017
Olivia Covington
In its first oral arguments as a temporarily four-person bench, the Indiana Supreme Court considered Thursday whether the plaintiff in a wrongful death case can bring employment-based claims against an employer if the employer has admitted the employee involved in the death was acting in the scope of their employment.
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