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[APPEALS]Shepard Academy hosts oral argument
Start Date: 9/30/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/30/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Attempted murder of police at issue in Appeals Court argument in Evansville
Senior Judge Randall Shepard joins court panel at namesake public school academy

INDIANAPOLIS – A Morgan County man will challenge multiple convictions for attempted murder during oral argument next week before the Court of Appeals at the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice, Evansville.

Simmons v. State will be argued on Monday, Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. CDT before a panel of Judges Melissa S. May, Rudolph R. Pyle III and Randall T. Shepard – the academy’s namesake and Evansville native. Judge May also has strong ties to Evansville, where she practiced law until her Appeals Court appointment. 

In this appeal, Richard E. Simmons challenges four convictions in Morgan County for attempted murder; two convictions for criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon; unlawful use of body armor; and possession of marijuana. The convictions stem from a 2011 confrontation between Simmons and police, who Simmons fired at as they tried to serve an arrest warrant.

Reporters, including student journalists, may ask the Court’s permission to video or photograph the oral argument. The request must be faxed to the Court Administrator (317-233-4627) at least 48 hours before the scheduled start of the oral argument. No flash or strobe photography is permitted and camera operators cannot move about the room. Recording is limited to the argument itself, not the Q/A period that typically follows.

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the Court in action and learn more about its indispensable role in Indiana government. The Court has held more than 365 “Appeals on Wheels” at law schools, colleges, high schools and other venues since its centennial in 2000-01.

The Court of Appeals is Indiana’s second highest court and reviews both civil and criminal appeals from trial court decisions. An Appeals Court decision is final unless the Indiana Supreme Court grants further review. For more information about traveling oral arguments or Simmons v. State, please visit the Court’s oral arguments web page.

Shepard Academy is a program of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. that presents a two-year integrated studies program in law and social justice for junior and senior students. Next week’s oral argument is the second time the Academy has hosted the Court of Appeals since Judge Shepard, who retired as Indiana chief justice, joined the Appeals Court as a senior judge in 2012.


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Contact Information:
Name: Martin DeAgostino
Phone: 317-234-4859
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Oral Arguments
  • Category:
  • Government
  • Agency Name
    Courts, Indiana

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