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Opinions Oct. 25, 2012

October 25, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.


Indiana Court of Appeals
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Ken Nunn Law Office
49A02-1202-CT-68
Civil tort. Reverses denial of State Farm’s motion for summary judgment on the law office’s attempt to recover attorney fees and remands for further proceedings. The law office may not seek payment of a former client’s attorney fees from State Farm under an equitable attorney fee lien or based on a theory of quantum meruit.

Sharhonda Gunn v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1202-CR-157
Criminal. Affirms conviction of battery as a Class D felony.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: D.C.; M.C.; M.G.; & L.C. (Minor Children) and T.G. (mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
36A01-1204-JT-150
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

William A. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
40A05-1204-CR-210
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony operating while intoxicated and Class B misdemeanor false informing.

Ira W. Huth v. DKR Mortgage Asset Trust 1 (NFP)
64A03-1203-MF-117
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms denial of Huth’s motion for relief from judgment.

Nicolette Deal v. Tyce Deal (NFP)
71A04-1204-DR-178
Domestic relation. Affirms denial of Nicolette Deal’s motion objecting to the jurisdiction of the court.

Bart Bell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A05-1204-CR-219
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following guilty plea to Class D felony theft.

Shane Harrold v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A02-1206-PC-518
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.
 

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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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