Category Archives: Appeals

Elkhart 4 Oral Argument – February 26, 2015

The Indiana Supreme Court has set the “Elkhart 4” felony murder cases for oral argument on February 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.  On that day, the oral argument can be viewed online by going here.  The Court’s summary of the … Continue reading

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NLADA Juvenile Appellate Defense & Persuasive Writing Skills Institute

Beginning on January 22, 2015, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association will sponsor a four-day juvenile track at the 2015 National Appellate Defense & Persuasive Writing Skills Institute in New Orleans.  “[P]articipants will bring their own case files to … Continue reading

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Elkhart 4 Court of Appeals Decision

On September 12, 2014, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an opinion on the appeals of Blake Layman and Levi Sparks.  Both were part of the so-called “Elkhart 4” who were convicted of felony murder after one of their friends, Danzele Johnson, was … Continue reading

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In re S.E. — Court May Require Sign Language Interpreter

In re S.E. was a termination of parental rights case during which the mother preferred to communicate orally, rather than through a sign language interpreter.  Originally the trial court agreed to mother’s preferred procedure.  However, after attempting to take testimony … Continue reading

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Elkhart 4 Featured on Nightline Prime July 26, 2014

The Elkhart 4 story will be featured on Nightline Prime on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm ET on ABC stations across the country.  As noted in this prior post, two Indiana juveniles were convicted and sentenced pursuant to … Continue reading

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Two New TPR Cases Involving Incarceration

Over the last few years, there have been several termination of parental rights (TPR) cases published by the Indiana appellate courts involving incarcerated parents.  Two more were added to the list in July 2014: In the Matter of the Termination … Continue reading

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ABA Urges Increased Access to Appellate Counsel in JD Cases

At the 2014 midyear meeting of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, a resolution concerning appellate counsel in juvenile delinquency cases was adopted.  It reads: “RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments … Continue reading

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