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Opinions April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Swami, Inc., et al. v. Franklin Drywall II, LLC (NFP)
10A01-1208-MF-398
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms determination that Franklin Drywall was entitled to recover $48,681.60 and award of attorney fees to the company in dispute over delays in completing drywall work. Reverses finding that a certain mortgage debt should not be considered to be a lien against the property in question. Remands for further proceedings.

Renee Tripp v. William Bockman (NFP)
43A03-1208-DR-375
Domestic relation. Affirms in part order on mother’s petition for arrearages and remands with instructions to address her request for a determination of any arrearage related to father’s basic child support obligation.

Anthony Minney v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1206-CR-481
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class C felony escape.

DeMarkus Adams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1210-CR-776
Criminal. Affirms murder conviction.

Tony Campos v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A05-1210-CR-511
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery with a deadly weapon.

Raymond Carter v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1210-CR-779
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.
 

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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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