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Opinions Feb. 27, 2013

February 27, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Lamont Holloway v. State of Indiana
49A02-1207-CR-548
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony burglary and Class D felony theft. The evidence was sufficient to support the convictions.

In the Matter of the Paternity of G.W., J.W. v. R.M.

22A01-1205-JP-234
Juvenile. Reverses denial of mother’s two motions to dismiss the paternity action commenced by R.M. R.M. cannot serve as G.W.’s next friend, and R.M. failed to timely register with the Putative Father Registry, so he impliedly consented to the adoption of his minor child and is now barred from establishing paternity.

Midwest Minerals, Inc. v. Fred L. Wilson, Rick Jenkins, Joseph Kenworthy, Michael Tewell, and James Clayton, et al.

84A04-1205-MI-258
Miscellaneous. Affirms judgment in favor of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Area Plan Commission of Vigo County and the Board of Commissioners of Vigo County on Midwest Minerals’ complaint alleging inverse condemnation and seeking damages. The trial court didn’t err when it concluded that the 17-month period from the time that the public water condition was implemented until it was reversed did not constitute inverse condemnation.

Storm Damage Specialists of America d/b/a America's SDS Construction, Inc. v. Melissa A. Johnson and Michael B. Johnson

64A03-1209-CT-386
Civil tort. The trial court properly entered judgment in favor of the Johnsons after Storm Damage Specialists collected an insurance check and failed to perform any work on the Johnsons’ roof. Finds the court erred when it ordered Storm Damage Specialists to pay four times the $4,224.78 compensatory damages amount. Remands with instructions the trial court award treble damages and reduce the total judgment award by $4,224.78.

Paula Tackett v. State of Indiana (NFP)
35A05-1205-CR-267
Criminal. Affirms convictions and sentence for Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine and Class B felony conspiracy to commit dealing.

Michael Chambers v. State of Indiana (NFP)

53A01-1209-CR-401
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor but remands to the trial court with instructions to impose concurrent sentences.

Jason A. Cafouras v. State of Indiana (NFP)
16A01-1208-CR-347
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor of driving while suspended.

Michael Merriweather v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1204-CR-159
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies robbery and attempted robbery, Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license and Class C felony carrying a handgun without a license. Remands with instructions to correct the abstract of judgment and chronological case summary because they contain clerical errors.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by 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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