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Opinions March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Mark Siliven, et al. v. Indiana Department of Child Services, et al.
10-2701
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge William T. Lawrence.
Civil. Affirms District Court conclusion that Terry Suttle, director of the Wayne County DCS, and case manager Amber Luedike were entitled to summary judgment on the federal claims on qualified immunity grounds, finding the constitutional rights allegedly violated were not clearly established in January 2008. Probable cause existed to remove C.S. from his father’s custody so there was no Fourth Amendment violation. The use of state action to protect C.S. from his father was reasonable.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
North Willow Operating LLC, et al. v. Stephanie Clay
49A02-1004-CT-444
Civil tort. Dismisses appeal of North Willow Operating following the denial of their motion to dismiss, demand for arbitration and to compel arbitration. North Willow failed to timely bring the appeal.

Pioneer Title v. Chanda Gartin (NFP)
29A02-1004-SC-571
Small claims. Affirms judgment in favor of Gartin in a suit following Pioneer Title's disbursement of funds that were supposed to be held in an escrow account.

Natalie Long v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1009-CR-494
Criminal. Remands with instructions to inquire into Long’s ability to pay and modify the restitution order as appropriate and to set the manner of payment.

Duncan Dillard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
37A03-1007-CR-376
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Darby L. Hape v. State of Indiana (NFP)
19A01-1009-CR-499
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for jail credit time.

Indiana Tax 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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