Top Juvenile Justice Lawyer and Advocate Joins the Case of the Elkhart 4


As we have already reported the Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus curiae in support of the appeals of Levi Sparks and Blake Layman. The Court of Appeals for Indiana approved this week an amendment to the amicus curiae submitted by the Juvenile Law Center in support of Layman and Sparks. What is … [Read more...]

Appeals Update #5 — The Appeals Court Approves 2 Supportive Briefs


On Friday February 28, 2014 the Indiana Court of Appeals approved the inclusion of two amici curiaes (briefs submitted by friends of the court) supporting the appeals filed by Blake Layman and Levi Sparks for their 2013 felony murder convictions.  As we first reported earlier in the week several … [Read more...]

Appeals Update #4 — The Juvenile Law Center Asks to Join the Appeals


The Juvenile Law Center has submitted an amici curiae in the appeals of Blake Layman and Levi Sparks.  As we mentioned yesterday an "amici curiae" is when a "person or group who is not a party to a lawsuit, but has a strong interest in the matter, will petition the court for permission to submit a … [Read more...]

Elkhart 4 — Appeals Update #3


On Friday February 21, 2014 the lawyers for Blake Layman and Levi Sparks submitted their briefs to the Court of Appeals for the appeals of their felony murder convictions.  The State of Indiana now has 30 days to respond to these briefs. In an interesting twist to the appeals The Indiana Public … [Read more...]

Elkhart 4 Appeals Update #2


Friday January 24, 2014 was an active day in the appeals of 2 of the Elkhart 4.  A number of important decisions were made in the appeals of Levi Sparks and Blake Layman. The most important decision that was made was that the appeals for Blake Layman and Levi Sparks have been joined together to … [Read more...]

Dr. Phil — Elkhart 4 Episode


The Dr. Phil episode featuring the Elkhart 4 is now on You Tube. As you watch please listen carefully at the end as CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin talks.  After listening to Ms. Hostin please read our article Did Sunny Hostin Make A Huge Mistake on Dr. Phil?  We Examine the Case Law that Says She … [Read more...]

Did Sunny Hostin make a huge mistake on Dr. Phil? We examine the case law that says she did!


While Sunny Hostin serves an important role in the media helping people around the nation understand legal decision, she can make errors.  On the January 17th episode of Dr. Phil, which focused on The Elkhart 4, she made a huge error of fact.  We believe that she needs to address this error in order … [Read more...]


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