DECEMBER 2003 SITTING

OF THE INDIANA SUPREME COURT


Tuesday, December 2, 2003
9:00 a.m.     Louis Simon, et al v. United States/John Fare v. United States

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit certified two questions of Indiana law to the Indiana Supreme Court. The questions relate to application of the choice-of-law doctrine.

                Attorneys Appellant, Simon, et al.
                Arthur G. Raynes
                Stephen E. Raynes
                Philadelphia, PA

                Joel S. Perwin
                Michael Olin
                Miami, FL

                Attorneys for Appellee, United States
                Robert D. McCallum, Jr.
                Jeffrey S. Bucholtz
                Terence M. Healy
                Washington, D.C.

                Attorneys for Appellee, Hart Corporation
                J. Arthur Mozley
                Atlanta, GA

                Attorneys for Appellant, Schalliol
                Harry A. Wilson, Jr.
                D. Bruce Kehoe
                Indianapolis, IN

                Daniel S. Weinstock
                Philadelphia, PA

                Attorney for Appellee, Fare
                Joseph M. Lamonaca
                Chadds Ford, PA
Tuesday, December 2, 2003

9:45 a.m.     Abdirizak Yusuf v. State of Indiana

Abdirizak Yusuf was convicted of attempted bribery in the Marion Superior Court. The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction in an unpublished memorandum opinion. Yusuf has petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorneys for Yusuf
                    Ann M. Sutton
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for State
                    Justin F. Roebel
                    Indianapolis, IN


Tuesday, December 2, 2003

10:30 a.m.     Ryan Griffith v. State of Indiana

Ryan Griffith was convicted in the Marion Superior Court of felony murder, theft, carrying a handgun without a license, and two counts of criminal confinement. The Court of Appeals reversed in part and affirmed in part. Griffith v. State, 791 N.E.2d 235 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The State has petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorney for Griffith
                    Timothy J. O’Connor
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for State
                    Christopher C.T. Stephen
                    Indianapolis, IN


Thursday, December 4, 2003

9:00 a.m.     Lisa Marie Pedraza v. Brian Gasperson

The St. Joseph Probate Court granted Brian Gasperson’s motion to dismiss the petition to establish paternity, child support and parenting time filed by Lisa Marie Pedraza. The Court of Appeals reversed in part and remanded in an unpublished decision. Brian Gasperson has petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.


                    Attorneys for Pedazra
                Aric J. Rutkowski
                    South Bend, IN
        
Attorneys for Gasperson
                Aladean M. DeRose
    South Bend, IN


Thursday, December 4, 2003

9:45 a.m.     City of Hammond v, Jaclyn Reffitt, et al.

The decedent died of hypothermia in a parked car after two police officers decided not to arrest him for public intoxication. His estate filed a wrongful death action against the City of Hammond and its police department. The Lake Circuit Court entered judgment on a jury verdict of $150,000 in favor of the plaintiff. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the defendants were immune from liability under the Indiana Tort Claims Act. City of Hammond v. Reffitt, 789 N.E.2d 998 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The plaintiff has petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorney for City of Hammond
                    David W. Weigle
                    Hammond, IN

                    Attorney for Reffitt
                    Mark A. Thiros
                    Paul G. Stracci
                    Stephen c. Bower
                    Merrillville, IN



Tuesday, December 9, 2003

9:00 a.m.     State of Indiana v. Steve Boles, et al.

In separate proceedings, the Fayette Superior Court vacated the clerical imposition of late surrender fees on bail bonds and released the sureties. The State of Indiana appealed and the Court of Appeals affirmed. State v. Boles, et al., 792 N.E.2d 553 (Ind. Ct. App.2003). The State has petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorney for Boles
                    Dane L. Tubergen
                    Fort Wayne, IN

                    Attorney for State
                    Christopher L. Lafuse
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

9:45 A.m.     Anthony Rust v. State of Indiana

The Marion Superior Court denied the defendant’s motion for discharge. The Court of Appeals reversed. Rust v. State, 792 N.E.2d 616 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court granted the State’s petition to transfer, vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorney for Rust
                    Michael C. Borschel
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for State
                Monika Prekopa Talbot
                    Indianapolis, IN


Tuesday, December 9, 2003

10:30 a.m.     M-Plan, et al v. Indiana Comprehensive Health Ins. Association

The Marion Superior Court dismissed a declaratory judgment action filed by certain health maintenance organizations for failure to exhaust administrative remedies. The Court of Appeals reversed in M-Plan, Inc. v. Ind. Comprehensive Health, 784 N.E.2d 546 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association and the Indiana Insurance Commissioner have petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

                Attorneys for Appellants
David J. Bodle
Robert L. Harley
Indianapolis, IN

John A. Biek
Melissa A. Graham
                    Chicago, IL

                    Attorneys for Appellees
                    Wayne C. Turner
                    Anne L. Cowgur
                    Michael R. Limrick
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for Amicus Health Plan
                    Arend J. Abel
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for Amicus IHSAA
                    Robert M. Baker, III
                    Indianapolis, IN    


Thursday, December 11, 2003

9:00 a.m.     Fulton County Advisory Plan Comm. v. Gregory Groninger

The Fulton County Advisory Plan Commission denied the Groningers’ primary plat application for a subdivision, finding that it did not meet a vision clearance standard. The Fulton Circuit Court ordered approval of the application, and the Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that the vision clearance standard was too indefinite to be valid. Fulton County Advisory Plan Comm’n v. Groninger, 790 N.E.2d 541 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The Supreme Court has granted transfer, vacating the opinion of Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over this appeal.

                    Attorneys for Fulton County
                    Byron D. Knight
                    Elizabeth A. Knight
                    Schereville, IN

                    Attorneys for Groninger
                    Richard K. Helm
                    Warsaw, IN

Thursday, December 11, 2003

9:45 a.m.     Roy Lee Ward v. State of Indiana

Appellant Ward was convicted of murder and other offenses. He was sentenced to death by the Spencer Circuit Court. In this mandatory direct appeal, appellant argues the convictions and sentence should be reversed.

                    Attorney for Ward
                    Steven E. Ripstra
                    Jasper, IN

                    Lorinda Meier Youngcourt
                    Huron, IN

                    Attorney for State
                    James B. Martin
                    Indianapolis, IN


Tuesday, December 16, 2003
9:00 a.m.     State of Indiana v. T. Eric Evans

In the State’s civil action to recover money for alleged accounting irregularities, the Blackford Circuit Court ruled that a former prosecuting attorney was entitled to be defended at State expense. The Court of Appeals affirmed in State v. Evans, 790 N.E.2d 558 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted a petition to transfer the case, thus vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                 Attorney for Evans
                Ralph E. Dowling
                Indianapolis, IN

                Attorney for State
                Jodi Kathryn Stein
                Indianapolis, IN

Tuesday, December 16, 2003
9:45 a.m.     Carolyn S. Beckley v. Jack D. Beckley

The Blackford Circuit Court entered an order dissolving the parties’ marriage and dividing the parties’ property. The Court of Appeals reversed the property division and remanded. Beckley v. Beckley, 790 N.E.2d 1033 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted a petition to transfer the case, thus vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                Attorney for C. Beckley
                Chris M. Teagle
                Muncie, IN

                Attorney for J. Beckley
                Robert G. Forbes
                Hartford City, IN

Tuesday, December 16, 2003
10:30 a.m.     Darrel Forbes, Jr. v. State of Indiana

The Orange Circuit Court denied a motion to suppress the results of a blood alcohol test. On interlocutory appeal, the Court of Appeals reversed. Forbes v. State, 793 N.E.2d 1112 (Ind.Ct. App. 2003). The State has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorneys for Forbes
                    David E. Mosley
                    Brad Jacobs
                    Jeffersonville, IN

                    Attorney for State
                    Christopher C.T. Stephen
                    Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, December 18, 2003

9:00 a.m.     Peggy J. Haville v. Michael Haville

The Tippecanoe Superior Court denied former wife’s petition to modify an agreement for spousal maintenance. The Court of Appeals affirmed in Haville v. Haville, 787 N.E.2d 410 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003). The Supreme Court has granted a petition to transfer the case, thus vacating the opinion of the Court of Appeals, and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

                    Attorney for Peggy Haville
                    Cynthia L. Garwood
                    Lafayette, IN

                    Attorney for Michael Haville
                    Jason W. Bennett
                    James A. Gothard
                    Lafayette, IN                

Thursday, December 18, 2003

9:45 a.m.     Rosemary Adams Huffman v. Indiana Office of Environmental

The Marion Superior Court a ffirmed a decision by the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication that the plaintiff lacks standing to challenge the renewal of a permit issued by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded. See Huffman v. Indiana Dept. of Envtl. Mgmt., 788 N.E.2d 505 (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.

                    Appellant
                    Rosemary Adams Huffman
                    Indianapolis, IN

                Attorney for In. Office of Env.
                    David L. Steiner
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for Eli Lilly
                    Daniel P. McInerny
                    George T. Patton
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    David B. Barnard
                    Jodie L. Mitchell
                    Indianapolis, IN