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Museum focuses on justice system

Rebecca Berfanger
March 7, 2011
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Museum offers response to dramatization of crime and punishment using history, artifacts of crimes and criminals throughout U.S. history, and simulators used to train police.

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Does Indiana need another law school?

Jennifer Nelson
March 1, 2011
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A private college based in Fort Wayne is looking into opening a law school.
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What was he thinking? Part II

Jennifer Nelson
February 23, 2011
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One Indiana deputy attorney general’s tweet and statements to a newspaper on protesters in Wisconsin get him fired.
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Senator taking bar, may miss vote on own bill

Jennifer Nelson
February 22, 2011
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The senator who proposed the controversial immigration bill in the Indiana General Assembly may miss voting on it because he’ll be sitting for the bar exam.
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Jury issues in northern Indiana

Jennifer Nelson
February 21, 2011
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One northern Indiana judge is upset at the amount of people ignoring jury questionnaires. Another judge is embarrassed his court had to cut a lunch stipend for jurors.
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What was he thinking?

Jennifer Nelson
February 17, 2011
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An Illinois attorney is indicted for trying to sneak drugs into an Indiana prison.
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Happy Valentine's Day

Rebecca Berfanger
February 14, 2011
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The Marion County Clerk’s Office has raised more than $5,500 for American Heart Association since 2007 from its “Chapel of Love” event on Valentine’s Day. This year’s event had 35 couples who reserved a spot to say “I do.”
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Observations of immigration bill hearing

Rebecca Berfanger
February 10, 2011
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A reporter’s observations about the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor hearing on Senate Bill 590, an immigration bill, from the hallway outside of the Senate Chamber.
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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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