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October 9, 2013
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The following Indiana Tax Court opinion was posted after IL deadline Tuesday:
Douglas G. Kildsig v. Warrick County Assessor
82T10-1101-TA-2
Tax. Reverses Indiana Board of Tax Review’s determination that the burden-shifting rule contained in Indiana Code 6-1.1-15-1(p) did not apply to its proceedings. The rule applies to the entire appeals process. Affirms that a portion of Douglas G. Kildsig’s land was properly classified as residential excess acreage for the 2009 tax year. The assessor presented evidence to support Kildsig did not use his land for agricultural purposes.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Specialty Foods of Indiana, Inc., d/b/a Jersey Mike's Subs v. City of South Bend and Century Center Board of Managers
71A05-1302-MI-95
Miscellaneous. Affirms order denying Specialty Foods of Indiana’s complaint for declaratory judgment as to its right to continue operating its business in the college Football Hall of Fame in South Bend under a use management and operations agreement. The force majeure provision of the agreement to be exclusive provider of food and beverages for the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend is applicable to excuse the Century Center Board of Manager’s nonperformance of its obligations under the agreement because the closure of the Hall of Fame constitutes a “reason not within the reasonable control of Century Center.”

In Re: the Marriage of L.C. v. T.M.
32A01-1303-DR-91
Domestic relation. Reverses denial of mother’s request to modify custody. She presented sufficient evidence of changed circumstances due to participation in a travel soccer league and that modification is in the children’s best interests. Remands for an order to be entered that modifies the custody arrangement in accordance with the children’s best interests.

Custom Radio Corp., Custom Management Group, Inc., Richard Yarger and Robert O'Brien v. Actuaries & Benefit Consultants, Inc., and John M. Fogle
32A01-1303-CC-143
Civil collection. Reverses summary judgment in favor of Fogle and Actuaries & Benefit Consultants Inc. in a suit filed alleging negligent provision of consulting services and breach of oral contract. There is a genuine issue of fact as to whether the appellants’ knew or could have known that their Welfare Benefit Plans were noncompliant with federal law and that their plan contributions were retroactively taxable by April 30, 2004.

Jesse Doyle, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
15A01-1303-CR-132
Criminal. Affirms denial of request to withdraw guilty plea and eight-year sentence for Class C felony incest.

Derek Dewitt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1301-CR-33
Criminal. Affirms imposition of consecutive sentences for Class A felony attempted murder and murder convictions.

Darrell Hix v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1303-CR-331
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Jeffrey Cook v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1211-CR-608
Criminal. Affirms refusal by trial court to give Cook’s proffered jury instruction on self-defense because the evidence didn’t support giving it, and affirms convictions of murder, Class B felony prisoner in possession of a dangerous device or material and class D felony criminal gang activity.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no decisions by IL deadline. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by 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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