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[APPEALS]Cathedral High School hosts oral argument
Start Date: 10/28/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/28/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Cathedral High School hosts Court of Appeals oral argument
Court panel includes Judge James Kirsch, a Cathedral alumnus

INDIANAPOLIS – The Court of Appeals of Indiana will conduct oral argument at Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, on Monday, Nov. 4 at 1:15 p.m. before the entire senior class and juniors studying speech and debate. Judges Edward W. Najam Jr., James S. Kirsch and Paul D. Mathias will hear the case on appeal from Jefferson Circuit Court. Judge Kirsch is a Cathedral High School alumnus. The school will host a pre-argument lunch for the judges, the arguing attorneys and other court staff.

Social Studies teacher and “We the People” coach Jill Baisinger is coordinating the event for Cathedral. “We the People” is a national civics education program that Judge Mathias has long been involved with.

Reporters, including students, may ask the court’s permission to video or photograph the argument by faxing the Court Administrator (317-233-4627) at least 48 hours before the argument. All cameras must be tripod mounted and cannot use flash or strobe lighting. All recording is limited to the argument itself, not a short Q/A session that will follow.

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the court in action and learn about its indispensable role in Indiana government. The court has conducted more than 370 “traveling oral arguments” since its 2000-01 centennial.

For more information about the Court of Appeals or Rasnick v. State, please visit

About this case: Eric Rasnick and Tamara Campbell burglarized a dorm room occupied by Hanover College students Sarah Lathrop and Christiana Haynes.  Both girls observed Rasnick and Campbell in the dormitory lobby moments before they returned to their room and realized certain items had been stolen.  They ran out of the dormitory and chased after the car containing Rasnick and Campbell just as it sped away.  They then called the police and Rasnick and Campbell were apprehended shortly thereafter.  Lathrop and Haynes identified both Rasnick and Campbell in a “show-up” identification procedure.

Rasnick was charged with class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft.  He filed a motion to suppress the “show-up” identification by Lathrop and Haynes, claiming that it was impermissibly suggestive.  He also sought to suppress the evidence seized from the car pursuant to the identification and any evidence that revealed that he was on a Scott County Community Corrections GPS monitoring system at the time of the burglary.  The trial court denied his motions and he was found guilty of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft.  He was ordered to serve an aggregate sentence of thirty-six years.

On appeal, Rasnick claims that the trial court erred in denying his motions to suppress because the “show-up” identification was unduly suggestive and, therefore, any evidence obtained pursuant to the identification, as well as the identification itself, must be suppressed.  He further argues that the evidence that he was being monitored via GPS tracking was unfairly prejudicial.  He also argues that the State presented insufficient evidence to support his convictions and that his sentence is inappropriate in light of the nature of his offense and his character.


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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
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