DECEMBER 2000 SITTING

OF THE SUPREME COURT




    Wednesday, December 6—9:30 a.m.

TOWN OF ST. JOHN, ET AL., V. STATE BOARD OF TAX COMMISSIONERS

In an earlier decision, the petitioners obtained a ruling from the Supreme Court that certain property tax regulations are unconstitutional. The Tax Court has now held that the petitioners are entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees under the private attorney general exception to the American rule that each party bears its own attorney fee expenses. See Town of St. John v. State Bd. of Tax Comm’rs, 730 N.E.2d 240 (Tax Ct. Ind. 2000). The Supreme Court has granted review for further consideration of the issue.

Attorneys for Town of St. John

Kenneth Falk
Richard Waples
Indianapolis, IN

Attorney for State Board of Tax Commissioners

         Jon Laramore
             Indianapolis, IN


Wednesday, December 6—10:15 a.m.

BENNY SAYLOR V. STATE OF INDIANA

    Saylor was convicted of committing a 1992 murder in Anderson, and was sentenced to death. See Saylor v. State, 686 N.E.2d 80 (Ind. 1977). The Madison Superior Court denied relief from the conviction and sentence. On appeal, Saylor challenges that denial.

Attorneys for Saylor

             Thomas C. Hinesley
            Emily Mills Hawk
                Indianapolis, IN

                Attorney for State

                Arthur Thaddeus Perry
Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, December 14—9:30 a.m.

     CHRISTOPHER STEVENS V. STATE OF INDIANA

    Stevens was convicted of committing a 1993 murder in Cloverdale and was sentenced to death. See Stevens v. State, 691 N.E.2d 412 (Ind. 1997). The Tippecanoe Superior Court denied relief from the conviction and sentence. On appeal, Stevens challenges that denial.


Attorneys for Stevens

             Thomas C. Hinesley
                Barbara S. Blackman
                Indianapolis, IN

                Attorney for State

                Andrew L. Hedges
                Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, December 14—10:30 a.m.

     ORVILLE CARTER V. STATE OF INDIANA

Orville Carter was convicted in Marion County Superior Court of child molesting and of being a habitual criminal offender. He appeals those convictions.

Attorneys for Carter

             Robert W. Hammerle
         Joseph M. Cleary
             Indianapolis, Indiana


Attorney for State

             Monika Prekopa Talbot
             Indianapolis, Indiana


Thursday, December 21—9:30 a.m.

     SOUTH GIBSON SCHOOL BOARD V. TRENT SOLLMAN, ET AL.

    In this case originating in the Gibson Superior Court, a high school student and his parents sought judicial review of his loss of school credit and expulsion from Gibson Southern High School. The Supreme Court has granted transfer, thereby vacating the Court of Appeals opinion at 728 N.E.2d 909 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000).
Attorney for South Gibson
                
J. Robert Kinkle
             Princeton, IN

Attorney for Sollman

             Ray Druley
             Fort Branch, IN