Demetrius Walker v. State of Indiana - 8/22/13

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Thursday  August 22, 2013 
10:30 AM  EST

10:30 a.m. 49A02-1205-CR-380. Walker was fighting with another man. Police repeatedly told the men to lie on the ground and stop fighting. When they did not do so, an officer said that if they did not lie flat on the ground immediately, they would both be tased. One man immediately dropped to the ground. Walker, with fists still clenched, stared at the officer for a second and then began to walk toward him. Two or three times, the officer told Walker to get on the ground. Walker did not obey and continued to approach. The officer deployed his taser. Following a bench trial in the Marion Superior Court, Walker was convicted of resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. The Court of Appeals found sufficient evidence to support the conviction, and affirmed. Walker has petitioned the Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

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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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