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Opinions Oct. 19, 2012

October 19, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline Friday.

U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline Friday.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Rodney Killebrew II v. State of Indiana

34A02-1204-CR-303
Criminal. Reserves a conviction of possession of marijuana after concluding the trial court abused its discretion when it admitted evidence obtained at an illegal traffic stop. The court found the police officer had no grounds to stop the driver because the continuous use of a turn signal is not a traffic violation and the officer’s actions did not fall within his community caretaking function.  

Alton Neville v. State of Indiana
49A05-1201-CR-9
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder and carrying a handgun without a license, holding that while there was prosecutorial error that included improperly presenting facts not in evidence and improperly inflaming the passions and prejudices of the jury, the improper comments did not rise to the level of fundamental error.

In Re the Marriage of Yan Wolfman v. Estelle Wolfman (NFP)
45A03-1201-DR-17
Domestic relations/divorce. Remands to the trial court to clarify division of assets.

Jeffery Sanders v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1203-CR-150
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft and adjuctication as a habitual offender.
 
Delareco Pacely v. State of Indiana (NFP)
44A03-1110-CR-488
Criminal. Affirms 18-year sentence for three convictions of Class C felony child molesting.

Albert Harris v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1205-PC-386
Post conviction. Affirms trial court denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Brandon Boles v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1203-CR-226
Criminal. Reverses 10-day sentence for failure to complete community service as a requirement of a sentence for a conviction of public intoxication.

Donzahue Pearson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1202-CR-119
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to dismiss Class D felony charge of sex offender who failed to possess valid identification.  

Dean Eric Blanck v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1204-CR-281
Criminal. Affirms 730-day sentence after a guilty plea to charges of Class D felony resisting law enforcement and Class C misdemeanor operating while intoxicated.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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