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Opinions April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012
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Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

In the Matter of the Involuntary Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of L.J., and R.J., III; and V.A., and R.J. v. Marion Co. Dept. of Child Services and Child Advocates (NFP)
49A02-1108-JT-804
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights for mother and father.

Justin Thomas v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-CR-660
Criminal. Holds that Thomas has not proven that a judge’s inquiry into venue constituted a fundamental error. Remands in part to correct abstract of judgment, holding sentences for both dealing in and possession of marijuana violate double jeopardy standards.

Steven W. Stockwell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1108-CR-392
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s order revoking probation, holding Stockwell voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently waived his right to counsel at a probation violation hearing.

Lonnie Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A05-1109-CR-475
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony robbery.

Mychael Nance v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1108-CR-418
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to suppress evidence, holding that a warrantless search was justified, because police believed Nance’s home had just been or was being burglarized at the time they arrived.

Allen R. Stout, et al. v. Linda Zabona (NFP)
92A03-1105-CT-203
Civil tort. Affirms jury verdict and award of damages in favor of Zabona. Affirms jury’s verdict against Stout and other defendants on breach of contract and fiduciary duty.
 

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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

  2. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. AT the time the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was enacted all major pharmaceutical companies in the US sold marijuana products. 11 Presidents of the US have smoked marijuana. Smoking it does not increase the likelihood that you will get lung cancer. There are numerous reports of canabis oil killing many kinds of incurable cancer. (See Rick Simpson's Oil on the internet or facebook).

  3. The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Far too many people are sentenced for far too many years in prison. Many of the federal prisoners are sentenced for marijuana violations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

  4. My daughter was married less than a week and her new hubbys picture was on tv for drugs and now I havent't seen my granddaughters since st patricks day. when my daughter left her marriage from her childrens Father she lived with me with my grand daughters and that was ok but I called her on the new hubby who is in jail and said didn't want this around my grandkids not unreasonable request and I get shut out for her mistake

  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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