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Opinions Jan. 31, 2013

January 31, 2013
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Mark S. Weinberger, M.D., et al. v. Gloria Gill
45A05-1203-CT-107
Civil tort. Affirms award of $150,000 in damages to Gloria Gill following her medical malpractice action. Concludes that the testimony concerning Weinberger’s odd behavior before his flight from the country was relevant evidence because it established an inference of consciousness of guilt.

Brian Kendrick v. State of Indiana

49A05-1206-CR-314
Criminal. Affirms sentence on remand of 53-years for Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony robbery and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license. Even though Kendrick’s sentence for Class A felony attempted murder increased, his aggregate sentence did not change.

Virginia E. Alldredge and Julia A. Luker, as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of Venita Hargis v. The Good Samaritan Home, Inc.

82A01-1206-CT-249
Civil tort. Affirms portion of judgment that held fraudulent concealment could operate to toll the Wrongful Death Act’s two-year limitations period, but reverses the court’s conclusion that the plaintiffs had only a reasonable time in which to commence their wrongful death action. The plaintiffs have two years after the concealment is or should have been discovered with reasonable diligence in which to file their claims. Remands for continuation of the underlying litigation.

Paul D. Edwards v. Zobeida E. Bonilla-Vega
53A05-1203-DR-163
Domestic relation. Affirms distribution of marital assets. Because a chose in action is a property right, the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it included the husband’s settlement with a former employer in the marital pot.

In Re: The Paternity of A.S.: Melissa Slansky v. Mary Doffin-Syler, and Bradley Howell

64A03-1204-JP-171
Juvenile. Reverses order awarding custody of M.S.’s daughter to the maternal grandmother M.D. The trial court’s judgment isn’t supported by clear and convincing evidence. The trial court shall determine the details of the father’s visitation and determine what, if any, visitation rights are due to the grandmother.

Henry Wagler, Barb Wagler and Henry and Barb Wagler, LP v. Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health

02A03-1206-PL-269
Civil plenary. Affirms summary judgment in favor of the health department on its claim that the Waglers were required to obtain a construction permit from the department prior to installing their septic systems. Rejects the Waglers’ statutory exemption argument, finding the statute is inapplicable.

Reuban L. Strong, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1205-CR-235
Criminal. Affirms revocation of placement in work release.

Joseph J. Rheubottom, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1205-CR-244
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea of Class B felony neglect of a dependent.

Bernard Carter, Prosecuting Attorney, Lake County, John Buncich, Sheriff of Lake County, and Indiana Dept. of Correction v. Tim J. Hurd (NFP)
45A04-1206-PL-302
Civil plenary. Affirms grant of injunction enjoining the Department of Correction, Lake County sheriff and Lake County prosecutor from requiring Hurd to continue registering as a sex offender.

Schwala M. Royal v. State of Indiana (NFP)

02A03-1206-CR-292
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class D felony prostitution as well as revocation of probation.

In Re the Termination of the Parent-Child Rel. of N.W. and D.W. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
49A02-1206-JT-480
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Marvin Willis v. State of Indiana (NFP)

82A01-1206-CR-273
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended.

Steve Pigg v. State of Indiana (NFP)
52A05-1205-CR-318
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Michael A. O'Brien v. State of Indiana (NFP)

65A01-1205-CR-220
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony attempted rape.

Brian Buffington v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1206-CR-297
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony robbery.

In Re the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Rel. of S.F.; C.P. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)

02A03-1206-JT-275
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Edmond MIller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-721
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Joey Saylor v. State of Indiana (NFP)
58A01-1206-CR-269
Criminal. Affirms order revoking probation and order that Saylor serve remaining two years of previously suspended sentence.

Richard Keith Lazur v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A04-1207-CR-358
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony attempted residential entry.

Jovan Fitzhugh v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1206-CR-255
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor and orders the trial court to vacate the Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor conviction.

Melvin Sanders v. State of Indiana (NFP)

02A03-1206-CR-262
Criminal. Affirms 60-year sentence for murder.

Dustin L. Grissom v. State of Indiana (NFP)

11A01-1207-CR-301
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class C felony battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman and three counts of Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

Darrol Fox v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1206-CR-475
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to suppress evidence.

Keith A. Harlow v. State of Indiana (NFP)

06A01-1206-PC-296
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Torrey Pargo v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1207-CR-351
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony intimidation.

Toby Webster v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1206-CR-522
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony attempted auto theft and adjudication as a habitual offender.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of V.M. and M.A. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)

45A03-1205-JT-221
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

French Tibbs v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1205-CR-438
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanors resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline. The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court did not post any 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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