Appeals Update From the Elkhart Truth

Today Emily Pfund a reporter for the Elkhart Truth published an appeals update on the case of The Elkhart 4.  The update notes that all of the paperwork has been filed for the appeals of Levi Sparks, Anthony Sharp and Blake Layman.  Jose Quiroz is unable to appeal because of his plea deal in the case.

The article also highlights the support of the different juvenile justice groups in this case including the Juvenile Law Center and the Indiana Public Defender Council.

The article also provides links to the briefs filed by Blake Layman and also the brief filed by the state.  The article is good at providing a quick overview of the appeals.

To read the article click here.  Unfortunately The Elkhart Truth makes readers either answer a few questions or share articles before you can read the full story.  Presumably this is to help them raise add revenue by getting more website clicks.

We also have copies of the briefs on our site, including two briefs not included on the website for The Elkhart Truth.  Here are some of the files.  We will be posting more in the coming weeks.


Brief filed by the lawyers for Blake Layman — Blake Layman’s Brief





Brief filed by the State of Indiana — LaymanvStateAppelleeBrief





Brief filed by the Juvenile Law Center, Centre on Wrongful Conviction of Youth and the Children’s Law Centre — The Amicus Brief filed by the JLC, CWCY and CLC





Brief filed by the Indiana Public Defender Council in support the appeals of Blake Layman and Levi Sparks — The Brief of the Indiana Public Defender Council