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Opinions Dec. 31, 2012

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No Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court or Indiana Tax Court opinions were released on Wednesday. No Indiana opinions were released before IL deadline Wednesday by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dec. 31, 2012
Indiana Court of Appeals
Indiana Public Employee Retirement Fund v. Paul Bryson
49A04-1201-MI-2
Miscellaneous. Affirms original opinion that Bryson’s on-duty injury was a “covered impairment” making him eligible for Class 1 impairment disability benefits even though he had a pre-existing condition.

Damon Ray Bowers v. State of Indiana
55A04-1204-CR-180
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to suppress evidence gathered at a traffic stop and remands for further proceedings. Finds the minimal intrusion into Bowers’ activity caused by the brief traffic stop was justified based on the police having reasonable suspicion that he was intoxicated.

Lisa Svenstrup v. Thomas Svenstrup
29A02-1206-DR-452
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court denial of mother’s petition for allocation of college expenses, holding that where mother petitioned for educational support prior to a child’s emancipation age which was denied by a trial court, a child support order is subject to modification upon the showing of changed circumstances so substantial and continuing as to make terms of the existing order unreasonable.

Israel Cruz v. State of Indiana
49A02-1204-CR-301
Criminal. Reverses Cruz’s conviction of operating a vehicle while suspended as a habitual traffic violator. Rules that even though there is ample evidence that Cruz knew he had never received a license and that he was not supposed to drive because he was unlicensed, the state did not charge him with driving without having received a license. Instead, it chose to charge him with driving while suspended but did not provide sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Cruz knew he was suspended.  

Albert Jackson Counce v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A05-1206-CR-29
Criminal. Affirms 20-year sentence for conviction of Class B felony robbery resulting in injury.
 
In Re the Paternity of Z.H.; S.E. v. C.H. (NFP)
82A05-1205-JP-257
Juvenile/parenting. Dismisses appeal of order for parties to participate in treatment, counseling and therapy.

Dandre Matlock v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1205-CR-465
Criminal. Affirms convictions of dealing and possession of marijuana and cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of neglect of a dependent.
 
Roy G. Lewis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
43A05-1207-CR-347
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and execution of suspended sentence for Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Damon Gee v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1203-CR-257
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and Class D felony possession of a stolen vehicle.   

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of A.D.; and M.D. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
71A03-1204-JT-204
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.
 
Micha Seymour v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1206-CR-489
Criminal. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands with instructions to vacate a habitual offender adjudication and vacate the 30-year sentence enhancement on a conviction of attempted murder.

Arthur J. Bryant v. State of Indiana (NFP)
31A04-1109-PC-542
Post-conviction relief/rehearing. Reaffirms denial of post-conviction relief.

In Re the Paternity of K.H., S.E. v. C.H. (NFP)
82A01-1205-JP-222
Juvenile. Dismisses appeal of order that parties participate in treatment, counseling and therapy.

Roy Bessler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A04-1201-CR-37
Criminal. Affirms conviction and 30-year sentence on two counts each of Class A and Class B felony dealing in cocaine.  

George R. Clark v. State of Indiana (NFP)
59A05-1205-CR-253
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Francis McDonnell, M.D. v. Stacy Wissel, as Trustee of the Bankruptcy Estate of Roy L. Harris and Anita K. Harris (NFP)
82A04-1202-CT-56
Civil tort. Affirms trial court determination of liability and interest but reverses prejudgment interest award.

James L. Morgan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
88A01-1206-CR-254
Criminal. Affirms trial court order imposing sanctions after revocation of probation.  

Kimberly A. Harrison and Christine G. Portell v. Yale Rice, III, as Trustee of the Yale Rice, Jr. Living Trust, et al. (NFP)
06A01-1203-TR-126
Trust. Affirms trial court approval of final accounting and finding of no breach of fiduciary duty by the trustee.

Paulette Petkovich, et al. v. Prime Contractors Co., Inc. (NFP)
64A03-1203-MF-102
Mortgage foreclosure/rehearing. Affirms prior ruling in all respects, again denying Prime’s request for appellate attorney fees.

Joseph Ward v. State of Indiana (NFP)
89A01-1206-CR-277
Criminal. Affirms 34-year sentence for convictions of Class A felony child molestation and Class C felony child exploitation.
 
Joseph Rushing v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1201-PC-91
Post-conviction relief. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief on child molestation convictions.

Job Steel Corp, and Lisco, Inc. v. Board of Zoning Appeals of the Town of Burns Harbor and the Plan Commission of the Town of Burns Harbor (NFP)
64A05-1205-PL-245
Civil plenary. Affirms the Board of Zoning Appeals’ denial of an application for a special exception to operate a truck terminal.

Marvin Dewayne Davey v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1205-CR-229
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Davey serve remainder of sentence in the Department of Correction.

Joseph Laich, III v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1205-CR-206
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery.

T.S. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1204-JV-213
Juvenile. Affirms commitment of T.S. to the Department of Correction for an indeterminate time at a juvenile correctional facility after adjudication as a delinquent for an act that would be Class C felony battery with a deadly weapon if committed by an adult.  

Ronald Rostochak v. State of Indiana (NFP)
92A05-1112-CR-688
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence of 25 years executed for a conviction of Class A felony child molestation.

Jason Castillo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A04-1204-CR-212
Criminal. Affirms conviction and six-year sentence for convictions of Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after lifetime suspension and Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of at least 0.15 percent.

Bradley C. Taylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A02-1204-CR-348
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molestation.

Shawn D. Jaco v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1203-CR-104
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony aggravated battery and Class C felony criminal confinement.

Demaris Snyder Wehr, Timothy John Snyder, Terence Glen Snyder and Daniel Owen Snyder v. Thomas Price, II, individually and as the named executor of the estate of Nilah Snyder, et al. (NFP)
89A04-1202-PL-76
Civil plenary. Affirms trial court judgment on pleadings concluding that beneficiaries had not breached any contract or tortiously interfered with any inheritance.

Townsend H. Porter, Jr., Townsend Porter Revocable Trust, and Brian H. Merritt v. 1st Source Bank (NFP)
71A03-1205-CC-236
Civil collection. Affirms trial court’s denial of Porter’s request for exemption from proceedings supplemental.

 

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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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