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Opinions Nov. 28, 2011

November 28, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


Indiana Court of Appeals
Jennings Daugherty v. State of Indiana
89A05-1103-CR-131
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony possession of cocaine and Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance. Daugherty’s arguments on appeal are insufficient to demonstrate reversible error. Affirms the admission of the state’s evidence.

Manuel Trujillo v. State of Indiana
71A03-1102-PC-73
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petitions for post-conviction relief, in which Trujillo challenged two separate convictions under separate cause numbers for conspiracy to deal marijuana. Trujillo can’t establish that he was prejudiced by his counsel’s failure to advise him that the 1999 and 2008 prosecutions may impact his immigration status. The trial courts in the two cases also did not violate Indiana Code 35-35-1-2 in accepting Trujillo’s guilty pleas.

Eric Stickdorn and Lisa Stickdorn v. Elam B. Zook, Sarah F. Zook, Samuel L. Lantz and Mattie Z. Lantz
89A01-1012-CT-670
Civil tort. Affirms determination that the Stickdorns’ personal injury claims against the Lantzes and the negligence claims are barred by the two-year statute of limitations. By 2005, the Stickdorns’ complaint for personal injury had accrued and were ascertainable, but the complaint was not filed until November 2009. Reverses grant of summary judgment for the Lantzes with regards to the nuisance and trespass claims and remands for further proceedings. The designated evidence establishes that the Lantzes refused to stop or change their waste storage, disposal and management practices that harmed the Stickdorns through April 2005. The statute of limitations did not preclude the Stickdorns from complaining about the continued instances of nuisance and trespass.

Marsean Shines v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A05-1105-CR-237
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class D felony domestic battery, Class D felony criminal confinement, Class B misdemeanor false informing, and Shines’ habitual offender enhancement.

James C. Lewis v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1103-CR-178
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation and imposition of the previously suspended portion of Lewis’ sentence.

Richard Edward Hughes v. State of Indiana (NFP)
10A01-1103-CR-165
Criminal. Reverses in part Hughes' convictions of Class C felony battery with a deadly weapon and Class D felony criminal recklessness and orders the trial court to vacate the conviction of and sentence for criminal recklessness.

Aaron Spears v. State of Indiana (NFP)
29A05-1104-CR-204
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

David Rippe v. Edward C. Levy Company (NFP)
45A03-1102-CT-30
Civil tort.  Affirms jury verdict in favor of Edward C. Levy Co. that found Levy not liable for the injuries Rippe sustained while an employee of an independent contractor at a Levy site.

Angela Townsell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1104-CR-343
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A misdemeanors intimidation and battery.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of Z.S.; C.S. and L.S. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
67A01-1104-JT-193
Juvenile. Affirms termination of father’s parental rights.

Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of G.B. and J.N.; E.B. (mother) and A.N. (father) v. The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1104-JT-315
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Donald L. Pruitt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
55A01-1105-CR-218
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life.

Daniel Walton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
57A03-1105-CR-198
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class A felony dealing in methamphetamine.

Brian K. Brantley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1102-CR-158
Criminal. Affirms convictions of two counts of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct, Class C felony battery, two counts of Class D felony intimidation, and battery as a Class A misdemeanor and Class B misdemeanor.

Jasper Frazier v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1101-CR-126
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to Class A felony attempted robbery, Class B felony conspiracy to commit robbery, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license.

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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