Indiana Supreme Court to hear police eavesdropping case from Michigan City

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By: Associated Press

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has taken a case involving Michigan City police improperly listening in on conversation between an attorney and a man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend.

The officers had evoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in connection with the eavesdropping. Police found the alleged murder weapon after listening to the conversation between Brian Taylor and his attorney.

Taylor’s murder trial was put on hold and he was released from jail last year after LaPorte Superior Judge Kathleen Lang barred all trial testimony from the officers.

The (Munster) Times reports the Supreme Court’s decision to take the case was announced Monday. The decision vacates an earlier appellate court ruling that said Lang properly excluded the weapon, but shouldn’t have prohibited officers from testifying about other evidence.