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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ind. Decisions - "Court upholds conviction in quadruple killing"

The Supreme Court's decision yesterday in the case of Bassett v. State (see ILB summary here) is the subject of an AP story today that begins:

COLUMBUS, Ind. - The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and life sentence for a man convicted of killing a woman and three children while they were on a camping trip in Bartholomew County.

Robert Bassett Jr. had claimed in his appeal of his four murder convictions that Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash's review of the phone calls between he and his attorney was unethical and affected the outcome of the trial.

Nash had listened to the phone calls recorded while Bassett was in the Bartholomew County Jail. The jail's automated system warned callers that the conversations were being recorded.

The Supreme Court's ruling issued Tuesday said that the phone calls were not confidential or privileged.

"Bassett's decision to proceed with calls to his attorney after receiving the automated warnings and understanding their implications constituted a knowing waiver of the attorney-client privilege," Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. wrote.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 29, 2008 02:07 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions