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Brummett v. State

Court of Appeals of Indiana

August 20, 2014

BRANDON BRUMMETT, Appellant-Defendant,
v.
STATE OF INDIANA, Appellee-Plaintiff

APPEAL fro THE MARION SUPERIOR COURT. The Honorable Marc T. Rothenberg, Judge. Cause No. 49G02-1206-FB-42411.

ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: SUSAN D. RAYL, Smith Rayl Law Office, LLC, Indianapolis, Indiana.

ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE: GREGORY F. ZOELLER, Attorney General of Indiana, CYNTHIA L. PLOUGHE, Deputy Attorney General, Indianapolis, Indiana.

BAKER, Judge. VAIDIK, J., concurs, and BAILEY, J., concurs in result.

MEMORANDUM DECISION ON REHEARING

BAKER, Judge

The State seeks rehearing following our opinion, Brummett v. State, 10 N.E.3d 78 (Ind.Ct.App. 2014), arguing that this Court failed to apply an appropriately high standard for fundamental error when reversing appellant-defendant Brandon Brummett's convictions for child molesting due to prosecutorial misconduct. The State argues that this Court should apply the fundamental error standard as recently articulated by our Supreme Court in Ryan v. State, 9 N.E.3d 663 (Ind. 2014), handed down June 3, 2014. We issue this opinion on rehearing but re-affirm our original decision in all respects, finding that the prosecutorial misconduct present in this case was much more egregious than that in Ryan and concluding that the prosecutor's misconduct did amount to fundamental error under the standard now to be used. Although we have granted rehearing, we reverse and remand for further proceedings.


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