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Opinions Sept. 14, 2012

September 14, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Alan Kress and Randy Carr v. CCA of Tennessee LLC, doing business as Corrections Corporation of America, et al.
11-2950
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Larry J. McKinney.
Civil. Affirms order denying class certification regarding the reduction of daily pill calls for inmates and granting summary judgment in favor of Corrections Corporation of America, et al., owner and operator of the Marion County Correctional Center. There was lack of evidence of any ongoing constitutional violations.

Indiana Supreme Court and Tax Court posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Mark Clarke v. State of Indiana
49A02-1202-PC-65
Post conviction. Affirms denial of petition for post-conviction relief. Clarke has not established that he was prejudiced by his trial counsel’s failure to advise him of the risk of deportation.

Mandy Craig v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A01-1202-CR-66
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Myron Markas Cook v. State of Indiana (NFP)
65A05-1201-CR-15
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine and that police officers’ initial entry into Cook’s home did not violate the Fourth Amendment.

Antonio D. Jones v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1111-CR-496
Criminal. Affirms convictions of four counts of felony murder.

Carlos E. Odom v. State of Indiana (NFP)
71A05-1203-CR-121
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felonies robbery and burglary, Class A misdemeanors carrying a handgun without a license and driving while suspended, and Class C misdemeanor altered interim license plates.

 

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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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