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Justices take fired principal, battery cases

June 23, 2015

The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether an elementary school principal fired for having a consensual relationship with a teacher will be allowed to continue his breach of contract lawsuit. That case is one of two the justices accepted on transfer last week.

Jeffrey Hewitt was fired in 2011 because of the relationship, and he sued the Westfield Washington School Corp. alleging breach of contract and due process claims. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, but the Court of Appeals reversed and ordered further proceedings.

The justices also accepted a case in which the Court of Appeals overturned a man’s Class A misdemeanor battery conviction. The trial court determined that Scott Hitch committed a crime of domestic violence, thus preventing him from owning a firearm.

There was a dispute in evidence as to whether the victim in the case and Hitch were in a relationship. She claimed they were; he argued she was just staying with him.

The justices denied transfer to 19 other cases for the week ending June 19. The full list is available on the court’s website.

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