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Opinions Sept. 24, 2013

September 24, 2013
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Opinions  Sept 24, 2013

Indiana Court of Appeals

Jerome Milian v. State of Indiana
79A02-1302-CR-197
Criminal. Affirms trial court denial of Jerome Milian’s pro se motion to withdraw his plea of guilty to Class A felony dealing cocaine. The court concluded that Milian, who was represented at his pro se hearing by stand-by counsel, received multiple advisements and admonishments from the trial court regarding his rights, and in particular, his right to representation by counsel. Milian failed to meet his burden of proving that he was subjected to manifest injustice.

Indiana Commissioner of Insurance Stephen W. Robertson, on Behalf of the Indiana Patient's Compensation Fund v. Kimi Clark, Personal Representative of the Estate of William Troy Clark, Deceased (NFP)
49A04-1212-CT-652
Civil tort/medical malpractice. Reverses the trial court’s award of $465,000 in damages and remands with instructions to clarify the amount of total damages, the set off for $550,000 in awards received in settlements with other defendants and what damages, if any, were awarded for William Troy Clark’s lost-earning capacity.

In the Matter of the Supervised Estate of Violet Whitaker, Deceased, Stephen Whitaker and Damian Whitaker v. Ferdinand Clervi, Personal Representative (NFP)
49A02-1212-EU-1022
Estate. Affirms probate court order approving the verified closing statement for the estate of Violet Whitaker.

In the Matter of A.S.G., A.M.G., S.T.B., and A.G.B., Children Alleged to be Children in Need of Services, B.G., Mother, and S.B., Father v. Indiana Department of Child Services (NFP)
02A03-1304-JC-158
Juvenile. Affirms trial court determination that A.S.G, A.M.G., S.T.B and A.G.B. are children in need of services.

Ervin McClung v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A02-1302-CR-134
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor criminal recklessness and Class B misdemeanor battery.

A.T. v. State of Indiana (NFP)

49A02-1212-JV-980
Juvenile. Affirms adjudication of delinquency for committing what would be Class C felony child molesting if committed by an adult.

Kevin Cortez Brown v. State of Indiana (NFP)
45A03-1212-CR-543
Criminal. Affirms conviction of murder and habitual offender.

Angela R. Reed v. Sally L. Ashcraft (NFP)
02A03-1301-PO-23
Protective order. Affirms dismissal of protection order Angela Reed received against Sally Ashcraft.
 
Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., v. The Supervised Estate of Richard C. Holman (NFP)
29A05-1212-ES-660
Estate. Affirms probate court order denying Reverse Mortgage Solutions’ motion to vacate its prior order granting the successor personal representative’s petition to approve the sale of the real estate and close the supervised estate of Richard Holman.

Dillon Grissell v. State of Indiana (NFP)
90A02-1304-CR-302
Criminal. Affirms three-year sentence for conviction of Class D felony theft.

Nancy Harney v. Denny's Restaurant, Inc., B.R. Associates, Inc., and Citizens Bank of Michigan City Indiana (NFP)
84A05-1304-CT-184
Civil tort. Reverses grant of summary judgment in favor of Denny’s and co-defendants and remands with instructions to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

John Aikman v. City of Indianapolis (NFP)
49A04-1209-OV-470
Local ordinance violation. Affirms a trial court injunction barring John Aikman from owning or caring for animals in Marion County after numerous dogs were seized from his home for violations of Chapter 531 of the Revised Code of the Consolidated City and County Indianapolis/Marion, Indiana.

Joseph Prewitt v. State of Indiana (NFP)
36A01-1302-CR-85
Criminal. Affirms revocation of in-home detention.

John E. Wall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
56A03-1211-CR-508
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony nonsupport of a dependent.

Shawn Rigsby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1304-CR-120
Criminal. Reverses sentence that includes a 1999 habitual offender enhancement, which followed a prior sentence that included a habitual offender enhancement, and remands to the trial court with instructions for resentencing that does not include consecutive habitual offender sentences.

Indiana Tax Court
The following opinion was issued after IL deadline Monday.
Shelby County Assessor v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. #6637-02

49T10-1112-TA-96
Property Tax. Affirms final determination of the Indiana Board of Tax Review for the assessment of a CVS drugstore in Shelbyville at about $2.375 million in 2007 and about $2.46 million for 2008. The assessor’s argument that a sale-leaseback contract’s rental agreement of $27.20 per square foot should have resulted in an assessment of about $3.77 million could not overcome the board’s finding that CVS presented evidence of probative value that it used such contracts as a means to generate additional business capital, and that the assessor’s approach likely captured more than the real value of the property. The court held that the assessor essentially asks the court to reweigh evidence, which it may not do.

Indiana Supreme Court issued no opinions before IL deadline Tuesday.
U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued no Indiana opinions by IL deadline Tuesday.

 

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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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