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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ind. Decisions - Appellants file for rehearing in House email/public records case

The Appellants in Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, et al v. Eric Koch, and Indiana House Republican Caucus (CAC v. Koch) have today filed with the Supreme Court a petition for rehearing:

... arguing that the Court’s April 19 ruling is inconsistent with the narrow doctrine of separation of powers non-justiciability and that it effectively renders APRA impotent in both the legislative and executive branches as a tool to enable the people to know what their state government is up to, and second, asking the Court to remand to the trial court for a determination of Appellants’ fees since they prevailed with respect to important public issues in the case, namely the applicability of APRA to the General Assembly, its members and political party caucuses.
The Appellants add:
We will be supported on the merits by an extremely well-written amicus brief filed by Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP, representing the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists.
Here is the docket in the case. A notable docket item, dated May 18th, is the Court's order granting Attorney Geoffrey G. Slaughter’s motion requesting withdrawal of his appearance as counsel for the Appellees. Mr. Slaughter was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Pence on May 9th.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 19, 2016 11:53 AM
Posted to GA and APRA | Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions | Indiana Government