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Indiana Supreme Court to examine murky public intoxication laws

The Indiana Supreme Court will decide when drunk and “annoying” is considered criminal.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

There’s a murky line between obnoxious drunk and criminal, and the Indiana Supreme Court is tasked with defining the difference.

At the request of the attorney general’s office, the Supreme Court will take up a case regarding potentially unconstitutionally vague language found in Indiana’s public intoxication law, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Public intoxication is defined by Indiana law as someone who, while drunk in a public place, “harasses, annoys or alarms another person.”

The request follows a recent ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rodregus Morgan, of Indianapolis, was arrested in 2012 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Morgan challenged the law in court on the grounds of being too vague, and the public intoxication conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeals in February 2014.

The Supreme Court has not yet scheduled arguments in the case.

For more on this story visit The Indianapolis Star.



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