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Opinions July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals posted no Indiana decisions by IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court Tax Court posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Darrell Larue Brown v. State of Indiana
10A04-1109-CR-551
Criminal. Affirms Brown’s sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class B felony child molesting. Brown waived his right to appeal.

Anthony W. Browning v. State of Indiana
49A05-1110-CR-540
Criminal. Affirms five convictions of Class C felony child exploitation. There is sufficient evidence to support Browning knowingly disseminated child pornography.

Mark Gaither v. Indiana Dept. of Correction, et al.
18A02-1111-MI-1073
Miscellaneous. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of the Indiana Department of Correction and other defendants on Gaither’s claim that a residency restriction placed on him as a sex offender by the statutes violates the ex post facto clause of the Indiana Constitution. Home ownership does not determine whether a condition restricting residency is permissible. It is permissible to prohibit a sex offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school as a condition of probation.

State of Indiana Military Dept., State Armory Board of the State of Indiana, and Governor Mitch E. Daniels, Jr. v. Continental Electric Co., Inc.
45A05-1109-PL-465
Civil plenary. Reverses trial court judgment in favor of Continental Electric on its claim against the state actors for breach of contract and quantum meruit. The trial court erroneously determined that the state had breached a contract between the state and the subcontractor, which had no contract with the state. The court also erred in concluding Continental Electric was entitled to recover from the state on the basis of quantum meruit.

Kenneth Simmons v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1108-CR-781
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony aggravated battery.

John Doe a/k/a mspbis123, a/k/a Stacy Palombo v. Eve Carson (NFP)
49A05-1201-PL-2
Civil plenary. Reverses denial of Palombo’s partial motion for summary judgment on Carson’s claim of defamation per se. Remands with instructions to enter an order consistent with this opinion.  

Jason E. Hough v. State of Indiana (NFP)
05A04-1107-CR-361
Criminal. Affirms convictions of three counts of Class A felony child molesting but reverses and remands with instructions with respect to Hough’s sentence.

Adrian Hardy v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1111-CR-1002
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in cocaine and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance. Remands with instructions to correct the abstract of judgment.

Timothy Matson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
04A03-1112-CR-567
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

Larry C. Perry, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1112-CR-635
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felonies criminal confinement, strangulation, two counts of domestic battery, residential entry, and invasion of privacy; Class A misdemeanors interference with the reporting of a crime and resisting law enforcement; and adjudication as a habitual offender.

William M. Steele v. Daniel Callahan (NFP)
84A01-1110-SC-484
Small claim. Affirms denial of Steele’s motion to dismiss and denial of Callahan’s claim for attorney fees. The trial court properly found that inconsistencies in the 2008 and 2009 surveys conducted by Steele proximately caused Callahan and Riggs to incur costs related to the third survey by Myers. The trial court’s findings that Steele’s negligence proximately caused Callahan’s damages regarding the movement of the fence, the 2008 Steele survey, and his initial landscaping costs, were clearly erroneous. Remands with instructions.

Margaret Killion v. Jarrod Kendall, d/b/a Kendall Kontracting and Jarrod Kendall (NFP)

09A04-1109-CT-513
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Killion’s motion to correct error in the ruling that Kendall Kontracting and Kendall did not commit any fraud during Killion’s home improvement project.

In Re: the Paternity of T.P., R.L. and W.M. v. B.P. (NFP)
06A01-1202-JP-38
Juvenile paternity.  Affirms grant of father’s discovery protective order and finding that stepmother did not meet her burden to pursue third-party custody of T.P. Reverse the award of attorney fees.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of K.D., K.B., and B.Y.; and N.D., O.Y., and W.B. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
50A05-1110-JT-568
Juvenile termination. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Garry Balthes v. Concept Industries, Inc., Composite Technologies, LLC, and Shawn Eshragh (NFP)
20A03-1111-CC-517
Civil collection. Reverses in part summary judgment and remands for further proceedings on the sole issue of Balthes’ promissory estoppel defense or claim and affirms in all other respects.

Robert Spears v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1103-PC-110
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Michael Berthiaume v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1111-CR-1018
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony strangulation and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Gregory Hensley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1111-CR-605
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct.

Omnisource Corporation v. David E. Lallow, James Niswonger, Sr., 3 Rivers Metal Recycling, LLC and J & D Real Estate, LLC (NFP)
02A05-1112-PL-627
Civil plenary. Reverses order granting defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment in Omnisource’s action against Lallow, Niswonger, 3 Rivers Metal Recycling and J&D Real Estate for injunctive relief and damages.

Dellia Castile v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1112-CR-583
Criminal. Affirms trial court decision to not reduce bail.

Erik Morales v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1110-CR-554
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class A felony attempted child molesting.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of: Jo.L. (Minor Child), and J.L. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
22A01-1111-JT-542
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Payroll Disbursement Account 2, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development (NFP)
93A02-1108-EX-878
Agency appeal. Affirms decision by liability administrative law judge affirming the determination of the department of workforce development that PDA 2 is a partial successor employer of Management 2000 Benefits Inc. for purposes of calculating its unemployment insurance tax contributions.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of: O.H. & J.M. (Minor Children), and C.H. (Mother) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
71A05-1112-JT-707
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Tracy Hertel v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1106-CR-244
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of: E.M.R., and V.H. & M.R. v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
71A03-1110-JT-494
Juvenile termination. Affirms termination of parental rights.
 

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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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