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Opinions Dec. 20, 2011

December 20, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had issued no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Christopher A. Bryant v. State of Indiana
45A03-1101-CR-11
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for two counts of Class A felony dealing in a narcotic drug, Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor marijuana possession and Bryant’s admission that he is a habitual substance offender, holding that his extensive arrest record renders harmless any error the trial court may have made.

Commissioner of Labor on the Relation of Stephen R. Shofstall, Edward C. Posey, and Deborah Posey v. Int'l Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, CLC District Council 91
49A02-1103-PL-263
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, which stated Shofstall and the Poseys were not entitled to vacation pay. Holds that union bylaws show vacation pay was in addition to 52 weeks of compensation per year.

Lance McCloud v. State of Indiana
49A05-1102-CR-77
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to dismiss pending charges, holding that the delay in McCloud’s trial date was not excessive and was caused by his own act. Holds that the delay did not result in actual prejudice.

James R. Lockhart, Jr. v. Lisa (Lockhart) Guyer (NFP)
29A02-1103-DR-208
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s determination that quitclaim deed did not disallow wife to 45 percent of net value of property and remands to the trial court to determine wife’s share. Also remands with instructions to vacate order regarding attorney fees and to enter an order requiring the wife to repay husband overpayment of child support.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of H.W. and H.S.; T.S. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
48A02-1105-JT-470
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

William Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
06A04-1104-CR-272
Criminal. Affirms convictions of and sentences for two counts of Class A felony child molestation.

Gary Joe Harrison v. Bill Wilson (NFP)
46A05-1104-CR-226
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Wilson and holds that the case was not properly before the trial court because Harrison failed to exhaust his administrative remedies through the Indiana State Prison in his efforts to receive educational credit time.

Christopher W. Hovis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
92A03-1011-CR-613
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony assisting a criminal.

Cherokee Development, Inc. v. Ohio Farmers Ins. Co. (NFP)
49A04-1106-CC-274
Collections. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. and denies Ohio Farmer’s request for appellate attorney fees.

James A. Mudd v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1105-CR-192
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A and Class C felony child molesting.

Andrew M. Royer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1106-PC-325
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

In Re: The Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of D.F. & R.F. and B.G. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
84A01-1105-JT-308
Juvenile. Affirms termination of mother’s parental rights.

Thomas L. Kessinger v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1105-CR-240
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of sentence, as sentence has already been served.

Derrick D. Jeter, M.D. v. Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1101-MI-44
Miscellaneous. Reverses trial court’s dismissal of Jeter’s petition for judicial review of an order by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana revoking his license, holding the dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction was not warranted.

S. (M.) O. v. S.M. (NFP)
29A04-1104-DR-203
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s judgment ordering father to continue to provide health insurance for the parties’ children.

Great Hospitality Services, Inc. v. Karl Bauer (NFP)
64A03-1107-CT-295
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to set aside default judgment in favor of Bauer on his personal injury complaint against Great Hospitality.

In Re: The Paternity of P.B.; D.B. v. M.B. (NFP)
03A01-1012-JP-653
Juvenile. On petition from both mother and father for rehearing, the appeals court stated that while it initially denied the father’s request for attorney fees, it now agrees that attorney fees should be assessed against the mother who has acted in procedural bad faith. Affirms original opinion that father’s parenting time was appropriate.

C.C. v. Review Board of the Ind. Dept. of Workforce Development and Employer (NFP)
93A02-1008-EX-1000
Civil. Affirms finding by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Review Board that C.C. was terminated for just cause and therefore is not entitled to unemployment benefits.

Indiana Tax Court and Indiana Supreme 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.

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  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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