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Opinions Jan. 5, 2012

January 5, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
John C. Cole, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1102-PC-67
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Gary Plunkitt v. Beckoning Way Community Association (NFP)
32A01-1104-SC-171
Small claims. Affirms trial court’s determination that a property management company did not err in pursuing collection of Plunkitt’s homeowner fees and that Plunkitt is estopped from claiming he did not know of the association.

Rashaad Michael Hogan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1107-CR-336
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentences for robbery, confinement and carjacking – all Class B felonies.

First Midwest Bank, successor in interest to Bank Calumet, N.A. v. Dean Vander Woude and Timothy Koster (NFP)
64A04-1103-PL-120
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court’s order granting summary judgment to Vander Woude and Koster, holding a genuine issue of material fact remains. Declines First Midwest Bank’s invitation to enter summary judgment in its favor and remands for further proceedings.

Donyea Fowler v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1104-CR-170
Criminal. Affirms conviction for Class D felony receiving stolen property.

Curtis E. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A02-1104-CR-414
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting and two counts of Class B felony incest.

Indiana Tax Court and Indiana Supreme 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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