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Opinions March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
William Hurt v. State of Indiana
82A04-1006-CR-414
Criminal. Affirms Hurt’s conviction of Class C felony reckless disregard of a traffic control device in a highway workzone resulting in death, ruling that Hurt had seen the traffic controls repeatedly on his several trips through the workzone, prior to the fatal crash. Reverses Hurt’s conviction for Class C felony reckless operation of a vehicle in a highway workzone resulting in death, on double jeopardy grounds.

Timothy D. Sexton v. Donna M. (Sexton) Sedlak
49A04-1005-DR-330
Domestic relation. Affirms trial court’s decision to deny retroactive modification of father’s child support obligation prior to the filing date of his petition to modify, ruling the trial court did not abuse its discretion in choosing June 12, 2009, as the effective date for modification. Affirms trial court’s decision denying father’s petition for emancipation. Reverses trial court’s child support obligation of $117 per week and remands with instructiosn to determine Sexton's support obligation in light of child T.S.'s income. Judge Kirsch dissents.

Brian Calaway v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1008-CR-953
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft and Class A misdemeanor battery.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of J.M.; B.M. v. IDCS (NFP)
32A01-1008-JT-455
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms order terminating father’s parental rights.

Douglas (Sommers) Summers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
34A02-1007-CR-876
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony sexual battery.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of S.W.; C.W. v. IDCS (NFP)
49A02-1007-JT-913
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms juvenile court’s order terminating mother’s parental rights.

Bronco L. Morgan v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1008-CR-577
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class A felony attempted murder.

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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