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Opinions Feb. 1, 2013

February 1, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Eugene Devbrow v. Dr. Eke Kalu, et al.
12-2467
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Civil. Reverses judgment for the defendants on prisoner Devbrow’s suit that two prison doctors and a prison nurse were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The statute of limitations for a Section 1983 deliberate-indifference claim brought to redress a medical injury doesn’t begin to run until the plaintiff knows of his injury and its cause, so his suit is timely.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Travis Koontz v. State of Indiana
29A05-1202-CR-77
Criminal. Grants rehearing to correct a misstatement of the law, but affirms original opinion that held Koontz waived any claim of an illegal sentence by entering into a plea agreement that reduced his penal exposure. Judge Baker would reverse as previously stated in his dissenting opinion.

Judy Canada v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., Bank of America, N.A., BAC GP, LLC, and BAC Home Loans Services, LP (NFP)
49A05-1203-PL-154
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of a motion to reconsider filed by Bank of America in which the trial court reaffirmed its dismissal of Count I of Canada’s class action brought as a Complaint For Fraud on the court and dismissed Count II, which contained an allegation of violations of the Indiana Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Alvino Pizano v. IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmons, IDOC Parole Chairman Gregory Server, CIF Superintendent Wendy Knight (NFP)
48A02-1209-MI-770
Miscellaneous. Affirms dismissal of lawsuit.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: Se.L.; N.L.; G.L.; J.L.; Sh.L.; L.L.; & I.L. (Minor Children), and D.L. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
48A02-1207-JT-537
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Christopher Hanneman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
67A05-1207-CR-344
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Theresa Pressinell v. State of Indiana (NFP)

20A03-1206-CR-267
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to two counts of dealing in methamphetamine as Class A felonies.

Larry Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1111-CR-602
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct error.

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

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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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