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Opinions Aug. 22, 2011

August 22, 2011
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The following opinion was posted after IL deadline Friday:
Indiana Tax Court
Virginia Garwood, et al. v. Indiana Dept. of State Revenue
82T10-0906-TA-29
Tax. Grants summary judgment for the Garwoods and denies the Indiana Department of State Revenue’s motion for summary judgment. Holds that the 16 jeopardy assessments issued against the Garwoods for all or part of the 2007 through 2009 tax years are void as a matter of law. The department’s use of the jeopardy assessment procedure against the Garwoods exceeded statutory authority. Orders the department to void all of the jeopardy assessments and take any other actions necessary to give full effect to the order.

Today’s opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions from Indiana courts at IL deadline.


Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Smith Barney, et al. v. StoneMor Operating LLC, et al.
41A04-1103-MF-96
Mortgage foreclosure. Affirms denial of Barney’s motion to compel arbitration. As a matter of law, Independence Trust was not a “successor in interest” to either of the prior trustees and therefore isn’t bound by the arbitration clause in the account agreements. Consequently, there is no basis for compelling StoneMor to arbitrate its claims.

Dennis Perry v. State of Indiana
49A05-1012-CR-774
Criminal. Perry’s ex-girlfriend’s material statements detailing her physical attack and identifying her attacker were admissible pursuant to the medical diagnosis exception to the hearsay rule. Her statements were nontestimonial and did not implicate Perry’s confrontation rights. The trial court erred by admitting prior misconduct evidence involving Perry and the victim and this error warrants reversal and a new trial.  

Robbie J. Bex v. State of Indiana
53A01-1008-CR-422
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated endangering a person. There is no federal constitutional bar to a defendant’s waiver of the presence and participation of one of the six jurors in a criminal trial. The trial court did not abuse its discretion by imposing the public defender fee as a condition of probation without holding a hearing on Bex’s ability to pay because the fees weren’t due until after she completed the executed portion of her sentence. Senior Judge Sullivan dissents in part.

Marc Van Rowland v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1010-CR-1161
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony attempted burglary, Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, and an attendant adjudication of being a habitual offender.

Garry Coleman v. Department of Local Government Finance (NFP)
49A02-1101-MI-40
Miscellaneous. Affirms dismissal of wrongful termination complaint.

A.B. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1101-JV-142
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication as a delinquent child for committing what would be Class C felony child molesting if committed by an adult.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court accepted five cases on transfer and denied 37 for the week ending Aug. 19, 2011.
 

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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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