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COA traveling to Vanderburgh, Blackford counties next week

March 30, 2018

The Indiana Court of Appeals will visit opposite ends of the state next week when it travels to Vanderburgh and Blackford Counties for oral arguments.

First on Tuesday, a panel consisting of judges John Baker, Melissa May and Robert Altice will travel to Vanderburgh County to hear Keith A. Laughlin v. State of Indiana, 41A01-1708-CR-01817. Keith A. Laughlin will appeal his conviction of Level 6 felony intimidation stemming from an incident in which he made multiple calls reporting a bomb in the Johnson County courthouse.

On appeal, Laughlin maintains the state failed to prove he intended for the courthouse to be evacuated because of his threat. He also argues the state failed to prove the presence of a bomb complies with that statutory definition of a “forcible felony.”

The appellate panel will hear Laughlin’s case at 10 a.m. on April 3 at the University of Southern Indiana’s Carter Hall, 8600 University Blvd., Evansville.

Then on April 6, judges Margret Robb, Cale Bradford and Robert Altice will travel northeast to hear Dish Network v. Ronda Marsh, 93A02-1707-EX-01650, in Blackford County. After Ronda Marsh was awarded compensation for injuries she sustained because of a rollover accident while she was employed with Dish Network Corporation, Dish Network appealed on the grounds that the Workers’ Compensation Board applied an incorrect legal standard to Marsh’s case.

Dish also argued the ruling in Marsh’s favor was not supported by substantial evidence, and that it was denied due process when it was prevented from presenting live testimony from an accident reconstructionist. Marsh cross-appealed for a 10 percent increase in her workers’ compensation award.

The court will hear the workers’ comp case at 10 a.m. April 6 at Blackford High School, 2392 N. State Road 3, Hartford City.

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