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Attorney waits for plea agreement decision

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Anderson attorney Samuel Hasler is still waiting to see if his plea agreement regarding child pornography charges will be accepted.

Hasler, who was arrested in March for two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, entered a plea agreement in U.S. District Court in May. He also resigned from the bar that month.

In his plea agreement, Hasler agreed to plead guilty to knowingly transporting child pornography by means of a computer and knowingly possessing child pornography.

Mary Bippus, spokeswoman for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, said the probation department is still reviewing the agreement and there may be a decision made in September.

According to the agreement, Hasler may be imprisoned between five and 20 years for distributing the pornography on his computer and up to 10 years in prison on the possession charge. Both counts could include a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release for up to five years.
 

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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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