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Opinions Oct. 22, 2013

October 22, 2013
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Billy Julian v. Sam Hanna, et. al.
1:11-CV-01536
Criminal. Reverses District Court grant of summary judgment to defendant parties in a malicious prosecution case and remands for further proceedings, holding that Billy Julian’s claim was improperly dismissed as untimely. The panel held that the two-year window for the claim did not begin until November 2010, when charges against him were dismissed, and therefore filing of the claim in July 2011 was timely.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Allen County Public Library v. Shambaugh & Son, L.P., Hamilton Hunter Builders, Inc., W.A. Sheets & Sons, Inc., and MSKTD & Associates, Inc.
02A04-1302-PL-78
Civil plenary. Reverses a trial court grant of summary judgment in favor of Shambaugh & Son and other defendants and remands for further proceedings. The court concluded that a subrogation agreement in a contract for renovations of the main library branch in Fort Wayne does not preclude the library from seeking to recover pollution cleanup costs related to a diesel spill on neighboring properties that the library argues was caused by a contractor rupturing a basement fuel line connected to a generator.

Jeffrey Robinson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1301-CR-6
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s denial of motion to suppress a search of Jeffrey Robinson’s underwear that turned up marijuana.

Tony Kimble v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1303-CR-268
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Gabriel McCreary v. Connersville Storage and Miniwarehousing (NFP)
21A01-1212-CC-554
Collections. Affirms trial court award of damages and attorney fees to Gabriel McCreary.

James W. Johnston v. Diana Johnston (NFP)
49A02-1302-DR-142
Domestic relations. Affirms trial court rulings concerning child support and various rulings leading to the court’s conclusions.

Brian K. Moore v. State of Indiana (NFP)
73A01-1301-CR-40
Criminal. Affirms revocation of probation.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court issued no opinions prior to 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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