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Opinions Dec. 13, 2010

December 13, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Involuntary Commitment of G.M.
33A01-1006-MH-325
Mental health. Holds that the committing court’s conclusion for the basis of its order to commit G.M.  – that he was incapable of providing himself food, clothing, shelter, or other essential human needs - wasn’t supported by the evidence. G.M. may be determined to be gravely disabled under another definition set forth in statute. Remands for a review of G.M.’s care and treatment.

Town of New Chicago v. City of Lake Station, et al.
45A03-1001-PL-22
Civil plenary. Reverses grant of partial summary judgment for Lake Station on the issue of liability and denial of New Chicago’s motion for summary judgment. There is no private right of action under the Clean Water Act. Laches is not available to New Chicago as a defense for Lake Station’s breach of contract claim. New Chicago met its burden of proving the defense of equitable estoppel. Remands for summary judgment to be entered in favor of New Chicago on its equitable estoppel defense.

Michelle Daub v. State of Indiana (NFP)
85A02-1003-CR-325
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress.

J.R. v. Review Board (NFP)
93A02-1001-EX-4
Civil. Affirms denial of request for unemployment benefits.

Antelmo Juarez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1006-CR-405
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for murder.

Tiara N. White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A04-1005-CR-341
Criminal. Affirms sentence imposed following revocation of probation.

Justin Morris v. State of Indiana (NFP)
54A04-1005-CR-325
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea but mentally ill to murder and Class B felony arson.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court granted two transfers and denied 27 for the week ending Dec. 10.

 

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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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