March 2003 SITTING

OF THE INDIANA SUPREME COURT



Thursday, March 6, 2003


9:00 a.m.     Peterson v. Borst

The Indiana Supreme Court has accepted emergency jurisdiction over an appeal of a judgment entered by the Marion Superior Court establishing a plan for City-County Council districts. The appeal is being considered on an expedited basis.

Friday, March 14, 2003

9:00 a.m.     In re the Adoption of Infant Child Baxter

Biological parents sought to revoke their consent to the adoption of their child. The Hamilton Superior Court concluded that the biological parents’ written statements of consent were not properly executed and, thus, were of no force and effect; it also ruled that the adoptive parents had alleged no other grounds that would support adoption without the biological parents’ consent. The Court of Appeals affirmed. 778 N.E.2d 417 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002). The adoptive parents have petitioned to transfer jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court has set the matter for oral argument.


            Attorney for Appellants
                Charles P. Rice
                South Bend, IN

                Attorney for Appellees
            Yvonne F. Watkins
                Indianapolis, IN

Friday, March 14, 2003

10:05 a.m.     State v. Bishop

In this eminent domain case involving land on which four billboards were located, the Hendricks Superior Court entered judgment on a jury verdict of $595,000 for the landowners. The Court of Appeals affirmed, upholding recovery based on capitalization of advertising income even if the landowners relocated three of the billboards to their remaining property. See State v. Bishop, 775 N.E.2d 335 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002), reh’g denied. The Supreme Court has granted transfer, vacating the opinion of Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over this appeal.

                    Attorneys for State
                    Steve Carter
                    Janet L. Parsanko
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for Bishop
                    Marvin Mitchell
                    Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, March 20, 2003

9:00 a.m.     Gee v. State

Gary Gee was convicted of dealing and possession of both cocaine and marijuana in the Marion Superior Court. The Court of Appeals affirmed in an unpublished memorandum decision. Gee seeks transfer of jurisdiction to the Indiana Supreme Court.

                    Attorney for State
                    Steve Carter
                    Nandita G. Shepherd
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for Gee
                    Teresa D. Harper
                    Bloomington, IN 47402