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Opinions Aug. 8, 2012

August 8, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Michael J. Alexander v. Mark McKinney
11-3539
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Chief Judge Richard Young.
Civil. Affirms dismissal of criminal defense attorney Michael Alexander’s lawsuit against Mark McKinney alleging violations of due process after finding McKinney, former Delaware County prosecutor, was entitled to qualified immunity because the complaint did not identify a depravation of a cognizable constitutional right. Alexander’s complaint is merely an attempt to recast an untimely false arrest claim into a due process claim.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Justin C. Woodhouse v. State of Indiana (NFP)
08A05-1111-PC-614
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Ty Evans v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1112-PC-697
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

John Harrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
70A01-1112-CR-590
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony possession of stolen property.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of K.T.K., K.C., & K.R.K. (Minor Children) and T.K. (Father) v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
15A01-1201-JT-14
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Derek Patton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
09A02-1111-CR-1046
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies criminal confinement and aggravated battery.

Jerry Moss v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1112-CR-1148
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in community corrections.

Dorothy Miller, et al. v. City of Mishawaka, et al. (NFP)
71A03-1201-PL-3
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Dorothy Miller’s complaint for declaratory relief and the judgment entered in favor of the city of Mishawaka, city planner Kenneth Prince and associate city planner Peg Strantz regarding the enforcement of a city ordinance regulating signs. Denies the city’s request for appellate attorney fees.

Jaron Yancey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A05-1112-CR-695
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony dealing in cocaine.
 

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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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