The Court of Appeals of Indiana will hear oral argument in Brea Rice v. State of Indiana on Monday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m. in the Hulman Memorial Student Union of Indiana State University. A panel of Chief Judge John G. Baker, Judge L. Mark Bailey, and Judge Margret G. Robb will hear the case on appeal from Morgan Superior Court.
The case involves Brea Rice’s charges for possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, as a result of evidence discovered during execution of an arrest warrant for receiving stolen property. The arrest warrant was issued after police, executing a search warrant at the residence Rice rented, saw a motorcycle helmet in the garage that was later determined to be stolen. The trial court denied Rice's motion to suppress, finding that the police conduct was not "sufficiently deliberate" such that exclusion of the evidence would have a deterrent effect. On appeal, Rice contends the trial court abused its discretion in denying her motion to suppress. Arguing for the appellant, Brea Rice, will be Steven Litz, and arguing for the appellee, State of Indiana, will be Arturo Rodriguez.
The Court hears oral argument at venues across the state to enable Hoosiers to learn about the judicial branch, and members of the audience are invited to ask questions following the submission of the case about the judicial process in Indiana. The Court has heard more than 250 oral arguments “on the road” at law schools, colleges, high schools, and county courthouses since its centennial in 2000-2001.
The Court of Appeals of Indiana is the state’s second-highest court. It reviews appeals from trial court decisions; a decision of the Court of Appeals of Indiana 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” initiatives, as well as additional information on Brea Rice v. State of Indiana, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/appeals/arguments.html.