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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Supreme Court hears case at first state capitol"

Here is Dan Carden's good NWI Times coverage of yesterday's Supreme Court oral argument held in Corydon. It is accompanied by a number of photos. A few quotes from the long story:

CORYDON, Ind. — For the first time in nearly two centuries, the Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in its original chamber — a tiny room on the second floor of the state capitol abandoned in 1824 for Indianapolis.

Excluding the video cameras and microphones webcasting the bicentennial event to schools across the state, the setting and legal back-and-forth would have been familiar to the inaugural three-justice court that first heard cases in the square limestone building shortly after Indiana became a state on Dec. 11, 1816.

Likewise, the question at issue before the now five-member high court was the timeless debate of what duty a homeowner owes to his or her guests if they are injured while visiting. * * *

The Corydon case was the final oral argument Dickson is participating in. Rush noted that Justice Isaac Blackford, the only person to serve on the Supreme Court longer than Dickson, heard his first case in the same room.

Indiana's first Constitution also was written inside and under an elm tree outside the building that now is the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site, located near the Ohio River about 280 miles southeast of the Region.

You will be able to watch the video of the oral argument here, once it has been processed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 21, 2016 08:28 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts