November 2001 SITTING


Wednesday, November 7, 2001

9:30 a.m.     Jason Wentz v. State of Indiana

Jason Wentz was convicted of murder, kidnapping, burglary, auto theft, residential entry, and robbery. In this consolidated proceeding from Vanderburgh Circuit Court, Wentz appeals his convictions and the denial of post-conviction relief.

                    Attorney for Wentz
                I. Marshall Pinkus
                Indianapolis, IN

                Attorney for State
                    Timothy W. Beam
                    Deputy Attorney General
                    Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

9:30 a.m.     Ira C. Ritter and The Kroger Co. v. Jerry Stanton and Ruth A. Stanton
    Jerry Stanton was injured after being pinned between two semi-tractor trailers, one of which was driven by Ira Ritter, an employee of Kroger. Stanton was employed by Gateway Freightline Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kroger. Stanton filed a personal injury action against Ritter and Kroger in the Marion Superior Court. The courts below decided that worker’s compensation was not Stanton’s exclusive remedy. In addition, the courts below decided that the net $55 million verdict in favor of Stanton was not excessive and that courts do not compare one verdict to another in deciding whether one is excessive. See Ritter v. Stanton, 745 N.E.2d 828 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001). Kroger petitions to transfer jurisdiction to the Indiana Supreme Court.

                    Attorney for Appellant’s
                    Karl L. Mulvaney
                    David C. Campbell
                    Nana Quay-Smith
                    Candace L. Sage
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Julia Blackwell Gelinas
                    Indianapolis, IN

                    Attorney for Appellees
                    Thomas E. Hamer
                    Anderson, IN

                    David V. Dorris
                    Bloomington, IL

                    Patricia A. Small
                    William L. Broom III
                    Carbondale, IL