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Opinions Nov. 7, 2011

November 7, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jessica J. Jelinek v. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security
10-3340
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein.
Civil. Reverses judgment of an administrative law judge that Jelinek’s collective mental and physical impairments were severe but not disabling. Reverses and remands for further proceedings on mother’s request for supplemental security income for daughter.

Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Edward J. Dixey v. State of Indiana
82A05-1104-CR-172
Criminal. Reverses theft conviction for Dixey and orders new trial, holding that Dixey should have been allowed to argue in closing arguments that the state failed to prove he committed theft, but may have proved a lesser claim.

Quintico Goolsby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1105-CR-396
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

David Burks-Bey v. Tippecanoe County Jail, et al. (NFP)
79A02-1101-MI-149
Miscellaneous. Affirms trial court’s dismissal of complaint for failure to prosecute, holding Burks-Bey put forth no reason for failing to pursue his case during two-plus years of inactivity.

Samuel L. Hobbs, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A04-1101-PC-46
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief.

James Henry LaFramboise v. State of Indiana (NFP)
16A05-1104-CR-220
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

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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