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Opinions Feb. 28, 2012

February 28, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had issued no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had issued no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Jacob Key, Ted J. Brown and Sally A. Brown v. Dewayne Hamilton
48A02-1007-CT-812
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Hamilton, holding that Key – by waving into traffic a driver who caused a crash with Hamilton – assumed a duty of care to a third-party motorist because the signaled driver reasonably expected that traffic was clear.

Gary Hazelwood v. Melissa Hazelwood n/k/a Melissa Butler (NFP)
03A04-1109-DR-493
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s denial of father’s petition to establish parenting time.

Xavier Morton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1107-CR-711
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Antwan Rush v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1106-CR-295
Criminal. Affirms conviction of two counts of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and one count of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Rafael Del Rio v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1106-CR-285
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

James E. Lonaker v. Cambridge Investment, Inc., Dolgencorp Inc., d/b/a Dollar General Stores, Dean Foods Company, d/b/a Louis Trauth Dairy, et al. (NFP)
49A02-1107-CT-659
Civil tort. Affirms trial court’s decision to renew appellee’s motions for summary judgment, holding genuine issues of material fact exist regarding whether the defendants owed a duty to Lonaker and whether they proximately caused his injuries.

Miranda Herbert v. Steven Herbert (NFP)
16A01-1109-DR-418
Domestic relation. Affirms the court’s order granting father’s request to prevent the relocation of his children.

J.F. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1108-JV-422
Juvenile. Affirms juvenile court’s admission as evidence contraband seized from J.F.’s pocket.

Jessica Deaton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A05-1110-CR-536
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony neglect of a dependent.

Dwayne K. Allen v. State of Indiana (NFP)

34A02-1101-PC-52
Post conviction. Affirms post-conviction court’s denial of claim for ineffective assistance of appellate counsel based on counsel’s failure to challenge the trial court’s denial of Allen’s request for a competency evaluation and challenging the post-conviction court’s decision not to hold a new sentencing hearing.

Michael D. Thorning v. State of Indiana (NFP)
24A01-1109-CR-453
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony counterfeiting.
 

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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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