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ST v. State

764 N.E.2d 632 (2002)

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ST v. State

Indiana Supreme Court

764 N.E.2d 632 (2002)

Facts

Law-enforcement officers observed two young men, one of whom was holding a beer can. The officers arrested the young man with the beer can, but the other man physically resisted the officers and ran away. The officers asked around about the identity of the young man who had fled and, based on a photograph, identified him as ST (defendant). ST was arrested on charges of battery, resisting arrest, and underage drinking. At trial, the prosecution (plaintiff) moved to exclude ST’s only two witnesses, his mother and a friend, because ST’s attorney had failed to disclose the witnesses 10 days before trial, as required by the local rules. ST’s attorney did not object to the motion, and the trial court excluded the witnesses. At trial, ST testified that he was not the young man who had resisted arrest because he had been home, sleeping on the couch. ST claimed that his mother woke him up to take a call from the friend around the time of the incident. However, ST’s mother and friend were not allowed to testify to corroborate his story, and ST was convicted. ST appealed, and the court of appeals affirmed the conviction. ST appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rucker, J.)

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