Joseph J. Scott v. State of Indiana - 3/12/13

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Tuesday  March 12, 2013 
3:30 PM  EST

3:30 p.m. 45A04-1208-PC-420. Manchester University. Appellant Joseph Scott appeals from the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief.  After pleading guilty to Class B felony operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.15 or greater causing death and Class B felony resisting law enforcement causing death, Scott received two fifteen-year sentences, which were to be served consecutively.  Scott argues that the consecutive nature of the sentences represents fundamental error and that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to advise him that his consecutive sentences were illegal and for failing to perfect a direct appeal.  The State argues that Scott may not bring a freestanding claim of fundamental error in a post-conviction proceeding and that he received effective assistance of trial counsel. 

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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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