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Opinions June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jason Findlay v. Jonathan Lendermon
12-3881
Civil/excessive use of force. Reverses District Court denial of summary judgment in favor of Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Lendermon, holding that Findlay has not met a burden of proof showing a violation of a clearly established right when Lendermon grabbed his arm to prevent him from picking up a memory card believed to contain surveillance video of Findlay’s admission of trespassing.

Indiana Supreme Court
Robert Bowen v. State of Indiana
08S02-1306-CR-423
Criminal. Affirms Court of Appeals ruling affirming Bowen’s convictions of and 14-year sentence for Class B felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Class C felony dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, Class D felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The justices remanded, though, with instructions for the trial court to issue an amended sentencing order that included a reasonably detailed recitation of the trial court’s reasons for imposing a consecutive sentence on a single charge.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Serafin Sanchez v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1206-CR-318
Criminal. Affirms in a divided opinion the jury convictions of two counts of murder over Sanchez’s insanity defense. Chief Judge Margret Robb dissented, arguing that a jury instruction erroneously raised the burden of proof for the insanity defense from a preponderance of the evidence to beyond a reasonable doubt.

Reggie T. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A04-1211-CR-569
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  

Jimmy D. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A04-1204-PC-196
Post conviction. Affirms denial of post-conviction relief from convictions of Class A felony attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license.

Nathan Warren v. State of Indiana (NFP)

03A05-1201-CR-31
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class C felony stalking, Class D felony stalking, and Class D felony attempted inducement of obstruction of justice. Remands for the trial court to calculate Warren’s credit for time served prior to sentencing.

Larry Robert David, II, as Special Administrator of the Estate of Lisa Marie David, Deceased v. William Kleckner, M.D. (NFP)
49A02-1301-MI-13
Miscellaneous/estate. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of William Kleckner, M.D.

Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline Friday.
 

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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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