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Opinions Sept. 21, 2012

September 21, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals did not post any Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

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Indiana Court of Appeals
Justin Taylor v. State of Indiana
49A05-1201-CR-4
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony failing to register as a sex offender. Rejects argument that ankle bracelet alerted authorities Taylor was living at a different address.

Janice Brandom v. Coupled Products, LLC
92A03-1112-PL-542
Civil plenary. Affirms denial of Brandom’s motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit pursuant to the “anti-SLAPP’ statute, finding the question of whether statements were made in good faith and without malice should be decided by a jury.

A.G. v. P.G.
49A04-1201-PO-94
Order of protection. Affirms extension of P.G.’s protective order against A.G, declining to reweigh evidence.

Stephen Williams, Special Administrator of the Estate of Roscoe Petty, et al. v. Safe Auto Insurance Company (NFP)
11A01-1202-CT-70
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for Safe Auto on its declaratory judgment action.
 
The Kroger Company d/b/a Jay C. Food Store v. Deborah and David Tincher (NFP)
47A04-1204-CT-194
Civil tort. Affirms denial of Kroger’s Trial Rule 60(B) motion to set aside a default judgment in favor of the Tinchers in their person injury action against Kroger.
 
Keith A. White v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1204-CR-312
Criminal. Affirms denial of White’s motion to correct erroneous sentence.

In Re: The Paternity of J.T.F., Minor Child, M.A.J., II, Father v. D.H., Mother, State of Indiana (NFP)
 53A05-1203-JP-179
Juvenile paternity. Affirms trial court’s denial of father’s motion for a paternity test.

 Derik Miller v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1112-CR-1152
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s guilty judgment but remands for correction of the abstract of judgment to reflect Miller’s conviction of driving while suspended is an infraction.

Mathew A. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1110-CR-991
Criminal. Affirms trial court was not obligated to sever the counts against Johnson, the jury was properly instructed and the sentence was not inappropriate.

David T. Stephanoff v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A02-1112-CR-1129
Criminal. Affirms the trial court’s order that Stephanoff serve the sentences for theft consecutive to the sentences for his two other crimes but remands for correction of scrivener’s error in the sentencing order.

Mark A. Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A05-1112-CR-681
Criminal. Affirms Johnson’s rape conviction but based on double jeopardy principles, reverses convictions of criminal confinement and battery and remands for the trial court to correct its records accordingly.

In Re The Civil Commitment of: J.B. v. Community North Hospital Gallahue Mental Health (NFP)
49A04-1202-MH-85
Mental health. Affirms trial court’s order temporarily committing J.B. at Community Hospital North.
 
Pharoah D. Newton v. State of Indiana (NFP)
82A01-1111-CR-507
Criminal. Affirms Newton’s conviction and sentence for murder.
 
T.C., Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A04-1112-JV-679
Juvenile. Affirms T.C.’s adjudication as a delinquent child for committing acts that would constitute child molesting if committed by an adult.
 
Ricky Rapier v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1202-CR-92
Criminal. Affirms Rapier’s conviction of battery as a Class D felony.

 

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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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