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Opinions March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Peggy Abner and Linda Kendall v. Scott Memorial Hospital
10-2713
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Chief Judge Richard L. Young.
Civil. Denies motion to file an oversized brief and affirms summary judgment for Scott Memorial Hospital in a suit under the False Claims Act. Finds the appeal has no merit and the appellant’s attorney flagrantly violated the word limit for the brief.

United States of America v. Styles Taylor and Keon Thomas
05-2007, 05-2008, 09-1291
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Charles R. Norgle Sr.
Criminal. Vacates Taylor and Thomas’ convictions of murder and robbery and remands for a new trial. Accepting new, unrelated reasons extending well beyond the prosecutor’s original justification for striking an African-American juror amounts to clear error under Miller-El II, and the government’s reliance on these additional reasons raises the specter of pretext.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
David Sasser v. State of Indiana
79A04-1006-CR-457
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class C felony failure to register as a convicted sex offender while having a prior conviction and remands for a new trial. The admission of evidence regarding Sasser’s prior convictions for failure to register was a fundamental error, but there is sufficient evidence supporting the conviction.

Jerrell D. White v. State of Indiana
15A01-1008-CR-463
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony theft and reverses conviction of Class D felony receiving stolen property for violating double jeopardy. There is insufficient evidence to support the habitual offender finding. Affirms remaining three-year sentence for theft conviction. Remands with instructions.

Thomas P. Burke v. American General Financial Services, Inc. (NFP)
29A02-1008-PL-925
Civil plenary. Affirms on interlocutory appeal the grant of a motion to appoint a receiver filed by American General Financial Services.

Joshua Murrell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1005-CR-552
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of the denial of demand for trial setting and motion to transport defendant to Marion County Jail for purpose of trial preparation or competency evaluation, and motion for discharge under Indiana Criminal Rule 4(C).

James D. Imel, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
16A01-1009-CR-471
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class C felony reckless homicide.

William C. Lansford v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A03-1004-CR-178
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony burglary.

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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