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Opinions, May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Bloomfield State Bank v. United States of America
10-3939
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Civil. Reverses summary judgment for the government in the bank’s suit that rent collected on a property in which the bank provided the mortgage should to the bank, not to the IRS to go toward a tax lien. The real estate that generated the rental income at issue in this case existed when the mortgage was issued and thus before the tax lien attached; the rental income was proceeds of that property, which preexisted the tax lien. Remands with directions to enter judgment for the bank.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

A.Y. v. Review Board
93A02-1007-EX-853
Civil. Reverses dismissal of A.Y.’s appeal challenging the determination she was ineligible for unemployment benefits. If A.Y. indeed called the administrative law judge’s office during the time allotted for her telephonic hearing, then she has shown good cause for reinstatement of her appeal. Remands to the review board for a finding as to whether A.Y. called the office during the time allotted for her hearing, and if so, then the review board shall reinstate her appeal.

Walter Lee Liddell v. State of Indiana
45A03-1006-CR-339
Criminal. Affirms convictions of rape, criminal confinement, battery, criminal deviate conduct, intimidation, sexual battery, and theft. Finds an insufficient showing of misconduct by the state to mandate exclusion of a witness, Liddell was able to depose the witness and cross-examine him, and Liddell doesn’t identify any specific, responsive measures that he was prevented from taking and that he would have pursued had the court granted a more substantial continuance.

Involuntary Commitment of J.K. (NFP)

18A02-1010-MH-1090
Mental health. Affirms decision to change temporary involuntary commitment for mental health reasons to a regular commitment.

Terrell Bryant Nelson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A05-1008-CR-472
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony robbery.

Corey J. Kirts v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1009-CR-1092
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to two counts of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

Andrew Cory v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1008-CR-566
Criminal. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

Rikki L. Vestal v. State of Indiana (NFP)
84A01-1010-CR-526
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and order Vestal serve the entirety of her suspended sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Jeffrey S. White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
41A01-1010-CR-581
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal conversion.

Davy Lee Phipps v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1008-CR-970
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

J.J., et al., Alleged to be CHINS; J.W. & T.J. v. IDCS (NFP)
67A01-1011-JC-610
Juvenile. Affirms finding that children are children in need of services.

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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