Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court only took one case on transfer, which it ruled on Dec. 19. The justices declined to take 17 other cases.
In an opinion released the day the justices took the case, the high court reinstated John Kimbrough’s 80-year sentence for molesting his former girlfriend’s two young daughters in John Kimbrough, III v. State of Indiana, 45S04-1212-CR-687.
The justices declined to take Town of Zionsville, Indiana and Zionsville Plan Commission v. Hamilton County Airport Authority, 49A05-1107-PL-374, in which the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the town of Zionsville in a zoning dispute with the Hamilton County Airport Authority. Justice Steven David did not participate in the decision on this matter.
The justices were divided on whether to take the appeal of a man convicted of raping a fellow college student. Chief Justice Brent Dickson and Justice Loretta Rush voted to grant transfer to Jason Michael Palilonis v. State of Indiana, 42A05-1104-CR-197. Jason Michael Palilonis was convicted of Class B felony rape of student B.S. while both were at Vincennes University. The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.
A complete list of the petitions for transfer can be found on the court’s website.