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Opinions Aug. 27, 2010

August 27, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Brian S. Adcock v. State of Indiana
47A01-0912-CR-591
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting, two counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor, and finding that Adcock is a repeat sexual offender. The trial court didn’t err in permitting the prosecutor to analogize the standard of proof to a jigsaw puzzle during voir dire or in allowing the state to amend the repeat sexual offender notice.

Victor C. Regalado v. Estate of Joseph Regalado and Paula Heffelfinger
64A05-0911-CV-672
Civil. Reverses trial court grant of summary judgment that Heffelfinger is Joseph Regalado’s half-sister. Holds that a child must show she is a child born out of wedlock before I.C. Section 29-1-2-7 is applicable and that there is a genuine issue of material fact as to whether Paula is a child born out of wedlock. Also holds that Joseph’s father’s acknowledgment of Paula as his biological daughter in the Agreed Order of Annulment does not preclude Joseph’s father or any other heir from challenging his paternity of Paula. Remands for further proceedings.

Michael Butler v. State of Indiana
49A02-0904-CV-343
Civil. Reverses denial of Butler’s pro se motions to set aside default judgment against him for operating a truck in a restricted lane on a highway consisting of at least three lanes, and for speeding, both as civil infractions. Butler engaged in no “foot dragging” or other behavior seeking to delay the process and attempted to immediately address the effects of his absence from the March 16 hearing. Procedural issues also interfered with his ability to obtain a hearing. Remands with instructions to set a new trial date.

B.F. v. Review Board, and Whirlpool Corp. (NFP)
93A02-1004-EX-379
Civil. Affirms denial of unemployment insurance benefits.

Katina Starks v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1001-CR-27
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Shawn Davis b/n/f Misty Davis v. Animal Control-City of Evansville, Evansville Housing Authority, et al. (NFP)
82A01-0911-CV-527
Civil. Reverses summary judgment for the city defendants in Davis’ action following injuries he received from a dog bite. Remands for further proceedings.

Ronald C. Hedges v. Weyerbacher Farms (NFP)
87A05-1003-PL-275
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment for Weyerbacher Farms in Hedges’ lawsuit for breach of pasture lease, and declaratory judgment abating rent payments and extending the term of the lease.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of M.B., et al.; M.R. v. Marion County DCS and Child Advocates (NFP)
49A02-1002-JT-109
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Steve Ballard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1001-CR-63
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of murder and 110-year sentence.

Danitra White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-0911-CR-1150
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies domestic battery and two counts of battery.

Dustin J. Baumbarger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A04-0912-CR-675
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft.

Thomas A. Hopkins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1002-CR-125
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in in-home detention and execution of part of Hopkins’ previously suspended sentence.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at 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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