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[SUPREME] Lake County Bar Association to host Indiana Supreme Court for oral argument
Start Date: 4/25/2013 All Day
End Date: 4/25/2013
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The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral argument at Merrillville High School on Thursday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. CDT.  The argument will be held in the auditorium at 276 East 68th Place, Merrillville, Indiana 46410.  The argument is open to the press and public, though seating is limited.  Public interested in attending should contact the Lake County Bar Association at 219-738-1905 for reserved seating.  Otherwise, all seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  All guests will be required to go through school security and show identification.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Phillip T. Billingsley v. State of Indiana, 02S05-1303-CR-160. Police received a call from a citizen, and a search of the vehicle Billingsley occupied revealed marijuana. The Allen Superior Court admitted into evidence the marijuana, and Billingsley was convicted of possession. A divided Court of Appeals affirmed in Billingsley v. State, 980 N.E.2d 402 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted a petition to transfer the case and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal. The Court of Appeals opinion can be found at

The argument will last approximately 40 minutes, with each side having about 20 minutes to argue.  At the argument’s conclusion, the Court will take the matter under advisement and hand down a decision in due course.  There is no timeline for a decision.

Media Policy For Indiana Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Photographing and recording the argument is permitted under certain conditions and with prior approval.  To request recording the argument or to reserve a seat, media must contact Public Information Officer, Kathryn Dolan at by May 7th at noon.  Media attending the argument will enter through Door “P” at the school and be required to go through school security and show identification.  Also, media will be required to follow standards governing media as outlined in this order  Briefly, standards include:

Still and Broadcast Photography Rules

• Must arrive 30 minutes in advance of oral argument for set-up
• Still and video photographers must remain in place for the entire argument
• No flash photography is allowed
• No lighting kits may be set-up inside the auditorium
• Pool arrangement may be required
• Those using personal computing devices must be seated in the back of the room
• Audio or video cannot be captured on personal computing devices

Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317.234.4722
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