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Opinions Dec. 12, 2012

December 12, 2012
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Ponziano Construction Services, Inc. v. Quadri Enterprises, LLC
45A05-1112-CC-661
Civil collection. Reverses award of $16,000 to Ponziano on its breach of contract claim against Quadri and the denial of Ponziano’s rquest to foreclose on its mechanic’s lien. Affirms the award of $8,000 in attorney fees to Ponziano and remands with instructions to the trial court to enter judgment in favor of Ponziano for $48,483.43, order sale of the property subject to the $45,549.43 lien, and determine the existence, extent, and outcome of a potential priority dispute between Ponziano and Wells Fargo.

Jason Wilson v. Kelly (Wilson) Myers (NFP)
71A03-1204-DR-153
Domestic relation. Affirms order modifying primary physical custody of the parties’ two children from Wilson to Myers.

Christopher A. Merder v. State of Indiana (NFP)
19A04-1205-CR-229
Criminal. Affirms Merder is not entitled to pretrial credit for time served in Kentucky from May to August 2009, but finds Merder is entitled to pretrial credit for the period from Aug. 6, 2009, to Aug. 14, 2009. Remands for further proceedings.

James Fusco v. State of Indiana (NFP)
54A01-1204-CR-182
Criminal. Reverses sentence following revocation of probation and remands.

Tymon Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1203-CR-233
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

Earl McClendon v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1206-CR-282
Criminal. Reverses denial of motion requesting the return of a firearm. Remands with instructions.
 

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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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