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Cullison v. Medley
Citation:570 U.S. N.E.2d 27 (Ind. 1991).
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Cullison had a brief encounter with Medley in the parking lot of grocery store. Cullison invited Medley back to his home to talk more and share a Coke.
Later that evening, Sandy & several members of Medley’s family goes to Cullison’s trailer home to confront Cullison about the incident.
Medley’s father—Ernest—carried a pistol in a holster, which Cullison alleged he grabbed for several times during the incident, although did not draw the weapon. Sandy called Cullison a “pervert” and “sick” for inviting Sandy to his home. Ernest threatened to “jump astraddle” of Cullison for his interaction with Sandy
Cullison suffered chest pains on the evening of the incident with the Medleys and later learned of Ernest’s previous incident in which he shot another man. This, according to Cullison, added to his fear and apprehension of another run-in with the Medleys.
Cullison had another encounter with Ernest at a local restaurant, during which Ernest was carrying the holstered gun.
Cullison sought therapy for his psychological distress and several symptoms he attributes to the apprehension felt toward a potentially violent interaction with the Medleys—these included sleeplessness, anxiety, impotency, prescribed medication which affected his ability to drive and operate machinery for his job.
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