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Opinions Dec. 23, 2013

December 23, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Michael W. Peters, M.D. and Deaconess Hospital, Inc. v. Cynthia S. Kendall and Michael J. Kendall
82A01-1302-PL-55
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of the medical group’s motion for partial summary judgment in the medical malpractice lawsuit brought by the Kendalls. The proof of claim filed by the Kendalls in the liquidation proceedings of Dr. Peters’ insurer does not constitute a binding contract.

Duane Jadrich v. State of Indiana
32A04-1302-CR-67
Criminal. Reverses convictions of Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and paraphernalia possession. The sheriff’s deputy’s search of Jadrich’s home after trying to serve a protective order violated the Fourth Amendment.

Town of Newburgh v. Town of Chandler
87A01-1305-CT-203
Civil tort. Affirms denial of summary judgment for Chandler and reverses denial of summary judgment of Newburgh on the issue of whether Newburgh’s ordinance can prevent Chandler from providing new sewer services to customers within a specific area. Remands with instructions to enter summary judgment for Newburgh. The statutes as they exist authorized Newburgh’s ordinance.

Djomon N. Tito v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1304-CR-315
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor battery.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Rel. of: J.S. (Minor Child), and K.G. (Father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
49A02-1305-JT-438
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: N.F. v. Wishard Health Services, Midtown Community Mental Health Center (NFP)
49A02-1304-MH-306
Mental health. Affirms involuntary commitment.

Shamberley Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1305-CR-231
Criminal. Affirms decision to impose restitution but remands for recalculation of those damages.

Ethan Sizemore v State of Indiana (NFP)
39A05-1306-CR-271
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class C felony burglary.

Stardust Development, LLC v. Randy Cassady (NFP)
53A01-1305-PL-210
Civil plenary. Reverses order that certain real estate jointly owned by Stardust Development and Cassady be sold at sheriff’s sale by public auction with no reserve.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana 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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