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Opinions May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of V.H.; J.H. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services

49A02-1110-JC-947
Juvenile. Reverses juvenile court’s grant of CHINS petition and vacates the court’s participation order, holding that the CHINS adjudication and participation decree were erroneous.

Dwayne Rhoiney v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1107-CR-650
Criminal. Affirms resentencing by trial court for felony murder, Class B felony criminal confinement and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

Ohio Farmers Insurance Company and S.C. Nestel, Inc. v. Indiana Drywall & Acoustics, Inc. (NFP)
49A02-1106-CC-534
Civil collections. Affirms trial court’s denial of Nestel’s motion for summary judgment, but reverses the denial of Ohio Farmers’ motion for summary judgment with respect to Indiana Drywall’s bond claim.

Charles E. Justise, Sr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1105-CR-408
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A and Class C felony child molesting.
 

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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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