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Judge leaves for Afghanistan mission

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After a year of preparation, Marion Superior Juvenile Judge Marilyn Moores left for an 11-month mission to Afghanistan to help rebuild the war-torn country’s farming and agricultural infrastructure.

Presiding over the juvenile court since 2005, Judge Moores is a lieutenant colonel with the Indiana National Guard. She left Sept. 25 for the mission in the Khost province, south of Kabul. She is expected to return in August 2011, and the judge began a leave of absence in the early summer when training began at Camp Atterbury.

In Judge Moores’ 25-year military career, she has never had a chance to serve overseas. She said previously she was eager for this opportunity, as it presented a chance to make peace and not fight the war. The judge is part of the third of five agribusiness teams that have traveled there, and her agricultural experience comes from her personal background in agriculture and horse farming. A 36-person security force is accompanying the team.

Juvenile Magistrate Gary Chavers is presiding in her absence.
 

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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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