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Indiana Supreme Court

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Total Judgeships: 

5 (0 vacancies)

Political Makeup: 

Non-Partisan

Location(s): 
Indianapolis
Caseload: 

1000

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Heads Up! Foul Ball

Fri, 06/27/2014

South Shore Baseball v. Juanita DeJesus: DeJesus was attending a baseball game when she was hit by a foul ball that caused her serious injury. She filed suit against the stadium on the grounds that the protective netting erected by the stadium did not extend far enough to provide adequate protection in relation to the stadium’s duty to her as a ticket purchaser. The stadium filed for summary judgment. The trial court denied the motion. The stadium appealed.

Decision

The Supreme Court of Indiana reversed the ruling of the lower courts, deciding in favor of South Shore Baseball. The Court ruled that the stadium has grounds to be given summary judgment because, based on the plaintiff’s claims, the stadium fulfilled its duty to provide adequate warning of possible harm to come to ticket purchasers.

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When an Officer Yells “Stop!”, Do You Have To?

Fri, 06/27/2014

Keion Gaddie v. State of Indiana: Responding to a residential disturbance call, police arrived at Gaddie’s house and found a group of rowdy individuals, including Gaddie, on the porch. The officer told the group to stay where they were until back-up arrived. Everyone complied except Gaddie who walked around the back of the house. Gaddie was accused and brought to trial for resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. Gaddie was convicted and appealed.

Decision

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Gaddie. The Court stated that in order to be in resistance of an officer, the order of the officer for an individual “to stop” must be based in reasonable suspicion or probable cause that the individual is connected to a crime. In the evidence provided, the Court deemed that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that Gaddie was connected to a crime enough to warrant ‘probable cause’.

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Incompetent, Incurable Elder Still Committed to Health Institution

Tue, 02/18/2014

State of Indiana v. William Coats: Coats was charged with sexual battery and filed a motion to be evaluated for competency to stand trial. Coats suffers from severe dementia, of which he was diagnosed during his evaluation and doctors predicted that his health wouldn’t be restored. Without a hearing, the lower courts ruled that Coats cannot stand trial. The State appealed the ruling, requesting that the Court commit Coats to the Division of Mental Health and Addiction. The Trial Court denied the request.

Decision

The Supreme Court of Indiana reversed the decision of the lower courts and committed Coats to the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, even though recovery isn’t expected. The Court based this decision in the fact that according to precedent and law, trial courts must commit defendants who do not pass competency evaluations to DMHA to work toward health restoration. He will be there for the foreseeable future.

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