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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2008
Contact: Maura Pierce
(317) 234-4859
COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS ORAL ARGUMENT REGARDING SEX OFFENDER RESIDENCY LAW AT IU SCHOOL OF LAW, INDIANAPOLIS
Case Originates in Blackford County

The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in State of Indiana v. Anthony W. Pollard on Monday, March 31st at 2:30 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom in Inlow Hall at the IU School of Law, Indianapolis.  A panel of Judge Ezra H. Friedlander, Judge Margret G. Robb, and Judge Paul D. Mathias will hear the case on appeal from Blackford Superior Court.

The Court is asked to decide whether the trial court erred in finding that a statute limiting convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school property, a youth program center, or a public park was an ex post facto law as it applied to Mr. Pollard’s 20-year residency and was therefore unconstitutional in his case.  Arguing for the appellant, the State of Indiana, will be Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Ploughe.  Chris Teagle of the Teagle Law Firm in Muncie will argue for Mr. Pollard.

The Court hears oral argument at venues across the state to enable Hoosiers to learn about the judicial branch.  Members of the audience may ask questions about the judicial process in Indiana following the submission of the case.  State v. Pollard will be the Court’s eighth visit to Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in the past eight years.  The Court has heard more than 200 oral arguments “on the road” at law schools, colleges, high schools and county courthouses since its centennial in 2000-2001. 

The Indiana Court of Appeals is the state’s second-highest court.  It reviews appeals from trial court decisions; a decision of the Indiana Court of Appeals is final unless granted further review by the Indiana Supreme Court.  The majority of appeals filed in Indiana are decided by the Court of Appeals.  

The 15 judges on the Court of Appeals issue more than 2,800 written opinions each year, sitting in three-judge panels.  For more information about the Court of Appeals, visit www.in.gov/judiciary/appeals.  For the Court’s “Appeals on Wheels” initiative, as well as additional information on State v. Pollard, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/appeals/arguments.html

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