Justices to hear arguments at UIndy next month

The Indiana Supreme Court is once again taking its oral arguments on the road, announcing plans to hear a case at the University of Indianapolis next month.

Justices will hear oral argument in the case of Stanley V. Watson v. State of Indiana, 20S-CR-64 April 15 at the Indianapolis school, according to a Thursday order. 

The Indiana Court of Appeals previously split in the case, in which Stanley Watson’s habitual offender adjudication was reversed and remanded. The appellate majority found the state failed to bring Watson to trial within Indiana Criminal Rule 4(C)’s one-year statutory deadline.

Judge James Kirsch dissented, writing that the majority panel ignored that the one-year period set forth in the rule runs from the date of the defendant’s arrest or the date the criminal charge is filed, both of which had expired more than a decade prior to the filing of Watson’s post-conviction relief petition.

Arguments will last the standard 40 minutes, equally divided between the parties.

The case will be heard at 10 a.m. April 15 in the Ransburg Auditorium at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis.

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