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[SUPREME] Steven Church v. State of Indiana, No. 21A-CR-00068

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 10am to 10:40am

Statehouse, Supreme Court Courtroom, 200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required in the Courtroom, and public seating is limited for social distancing. (A live webcast will be available outside the Courtroom and remotely.)

After Church was charged with child molesting, he filed a petition to depose his accuser. The
Marion Superior Court denied Church’s petition pursuant to Indiana Code section 35-40-5-11.5,
which prevents a defendant from deposing certain child victims unless the prosecutor consents to the deposition or the trial court determines it is necessary due to extraordinary circumstances and in the interest of justice. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, holding that the statute impermissibly conflicts with the Indiana Trial Rules. Church v. State, 173 N.E.3d 302 (Ind. Ct. App. 2021), trans. pending. The State has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the appeal.

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