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Opinions Nov. 1, 2011

November 1, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Rose Acre Farms Inc. v. Columbia Casualty Co. and National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford
11-1599
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Affirms summary judgment for the insurers on whether they have to defend Rose Acre Farms in the antitrust complaint. The suit for which Rose Acre wants a defense makes no claim that the policy could be thought to cover.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Kenny D. Lee v. State of Indiana
71A03-1103-CR-118
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A felony possession of cocaine. The portion of the warrant allowing for the search of all vehicles is invalid because of vague language, so all evidence seized pursuant to the invalid language – in this case, Lee’s statements to police after a traffic stop – must be suppressed. The evidence also doesn’t support that Lee knew of the cocaine and had the ability to control it.

P.M.T., Inc. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and L.A.
93A02-1105-EX-389
Agency appeal. Affirms award of unemployment insurance benefits to L.A. Employer P.M.T.’s attendance policy was unreasonable because it didn’t provide exemptions for verified emergencies nor did it protect employees. L.A.’s absences were the results of circumstances beyond her control.

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of A.D., A.W.D., A.M.D., and A.L.D.; M.A.P. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
50A03-1103-JT-98
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Nexus D. Turner v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1103-CR-96
Criminal. Affirms three-year sentence for Class C felony robbery.

Robert D. Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1011-CR-663
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for Class B felony attempted dealing in methamphetamine. Remands for vacation of Class D felony possession of methamphetamine conviction because it was merged without being vacated.

Michael A. Maxie v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1103-CR-117
Criminal. Affirms conviction of and sentence for battery on a pregnant woman as a Class C felony and Class A misdemeanor interference with reporting a crime.

Ivernon D. Wiseman, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1103-CR-83
Criminal. Affirms 16-year and eight-month sentence for Class C felony criminal confinement, Class D felony residential entry and Wiseman’s habitual offender status.

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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