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Taylor students to observe Court of Appeals oral argument

  • Published: Apr 22, 2015 1:45PM
The Indiana Court of Appeals

Indiana’s second highest court will conduct an oral argument at Taylor University in Upland on Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. The argument, which will last about one hour, will be in Room 215 Ayres Building.

A panel of Judges Paul D. Mathias, Terry A. Crone and Cale J. Bradford will hear State v. Stevens, a criminal case on appeal from Perry Circuit Court. The judges will answer student questions after the argument, but not about this case.

Reporters, including student journalists, may ask the court’s permission to record the argument in audio, video or photographic formats. Email requests to Court Administrator Steve Lancaster at least 48 hours before the scheduled start of the argument. Per Indiana Supreme Court order, all video cameras must be tripod-mounted and both video and still cameras cannot employ flash or strobe lighting.

About this case: The State of Indiana appeals the trial court’s approval of a motion to suppress evidence that was filed by defendant-appellee William Stevens during his trial for various methamphetamine-related charges, which were subsequently dismissed. The State argues that the trial court abused its discretion in granting the motion because police acted reasonably in arresting Stevens based on the information they had at the time, even though that information turned out to be incorrect.

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the court in action and learn more about its indispensable role in Indiana government. The court has conducted more than 400 “Appeals on Wheels” events since its 2000-2001 centennial. This argument marks the court’s 15th Appeals on Wheels event this year.

For more information about the Court of Appeals, visit www.courts.in.gov.