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Opinions Feb. 16, 2011

February 16, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jeff Whitely, et al. v. Anthony Moravec, et al.
09-3302
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge David F. Hamilton.
Civil. Plaintiffs sued an Indiana company incorporated in New York to satisfy the penalty claims after the Indiana company entered into bankruptcy and was late paying wages and fringe benefits. Affirms the District Court correctly concluded that New York Bus. Corp. L. Section 630(a) doesn’t make defendants liable for a penalty under Indiana law.

Indiana Supreme Court
Jeffrey Tharp v. State of Indiana
49S02-1005-CR-256
Criminal. Reverses Tharp’s conviction of invasion of privacy. The evidence is insufficient that he received adequate notice of the protective order.

Richard Joslyn v. State of Indiana
49S04-1102-CR-85
Criminal. Affirms Joslyn’s convictions of stalking and invasion of privacy. The minor defect in the service of a protective order was cured by Joslyn’s statements to police and his testimony at trial that he found the protective order at his residence.

Indiana Court of Appeals
James M. Thompson, D.O. v. Amy Gerowitz, et al.
49A05-1005-CT-296
Civil tort. Affirms the trial court properly denied Dr. Thompson’s motion for judgment on the evidence on the issue of causation. Thompson waived his argument regarding judgment on the evidence on the issue of informed consent because he raised it for the first time on appeal. Orders a new trial based on the allegations of juror misconduct and bias.

Don J. Herrington Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1008-CR-924
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class D felony intimidation.

Keith Hopkins v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1007-CR-426
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

D'Wan Maxwell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1006-CR-622
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

SS Enterprise v. La Joya Apartment, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1005-CC-592
Civil collections. Affirms dismissal with prejudice of SS Enterprise’s complaint against La Joya Apartment.

Barbara L. Earle v. State of Indiana (NFP)
26A01-1005-CR-250
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for murder.

Joey Addison v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1006-CR-354
Criminal. Affirms conviction of felony murder.

Emily R. Meyer v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-1007-CR-425
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony conspiracy to commit murder.

Timothy Allen Anderson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1007-CR-436
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

Tony Lee Parish v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A05-1006-CR-398
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary and sentences for that conviction, Class B felony conspiracy to commit robbery, and Class B felony robbery.

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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