MARCH 2004 SITTING
OF THE INDIANA SUPREME COURT


Thursday, March 4, 2004

10:30 a.m.     State v. Charles Barker and State v. Chijoike Bomani Ben Yisrayl

After declaring portions of the Indiana death penalty statute unconstitutional under Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000), and Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002), the Marion Superior Court dismissed requests for the death penalty pending against Charles Barker and Chijoike Bomani Ben-Yisrayl. The Supreme Court has assumed jurisdiction over the interlocutory appeals brought by the State of Indiana.”

            Attorneys for Appellee Barker
                Monica Foster
                Brent Westerfeld
Indianapolis, IN

                Attorneys for Appellee Ben Yisrayl
                Russell Johnson
Franklin, IN
                
Ann Sutton
Indianapolis, IN                

Attorney for State
                Stephen R. Creason
Indianapolis, IN
                


Thursday, March 11, 2004

9:00 a.m.     Story Bed & Breakfast, LLP v. Brown County Area Plan Comm.

The Brown County Circuit Court entered partial summary judgment for Story Bed & Breakfast and partial summary judgment for the Brown County Area Plan Commission. The Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part. Story Bed & Breakfast, LLP v. Brown County Area Plan Comm’n, 789 N.E.2d 13 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), reh’g granted, vacated. The Supreme Court has granted the petitions to transfer the case, thus vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorney for Appellee Brown County APC
                    David B. Schilling
Bloomington, IN.

                    Attorney for Appellee Patricia March
                    Michael Mullett
Indianapolis, IN
                    
                    Attorney for Amicus Curiae
                    Karen Arland
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorneys for Appellant Story Bed & Breakfast, LLP
                    Steven K. Emery
                    Holly M. Harvey
                    Both from Bloomington, IN
                    

Thursday, March 11, 2004

9:45 a.m.     Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co. v. Magwerks Corp.


Magwerks filed a complaint against its insurer, Monroe Guaranty, for refusing to insure a claim for “collapse” of its building. The Marion Superior Court granted summary judgment to Magwerks on the coverage issue and entered judgment on a jury verdict that Monroe Guaranty had acted in bad faith. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, holding that factual issues precluded summary judgment on the coverage issue and that Monroe Guaranty did not act in bad faith. Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co. v. Magwerks Corp., 796 N.E.2d 326 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted transfer, vacating the opinion of Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over this appeal.

                    Attorneys for Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co.
                    Todd J. Kaiser
                    Matthew S. Effland
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorneys for Magwerks Corporation.
                    William E. Winingham
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Frank D. Otte
                    Indianapolis, IN