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Opinions Sept. 28, 2011

September 28, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no opinions from Indiana courts at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court
Desmond Turner v. State of Indiana
49S00-0912-CR-565
Criminal. Affirms convictions of murder, criminal confinement, robbery and burglary, and the sentence of life in prison without parole for the murder convictions, plus a term of years for the other convictions. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in permitting firearms and tool mark examiner Michael Putzek’s testimony, and the admission of challenged testimony did not violate Indiana Evidence Rule 404(b). The trial court erred in admitting testimony on a statement made by Turner’s mother, but that does not require reversal.

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of T.N., Alleged to be CHINS; G.N. v. IDCS, and Child Advocates, Inc.
49A05-1101-JC-15
Juvenile. Reverses determination that T.N. is a child in need of services. The trial court violated father G.N.’s right to due process. Remands for further proceedings.

M Jewell, LLC v. Max M. Powell and Marion School Employees Federal Credit Union
27A02-1101-MI-47
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of M Jewell LLC’s petition for an order directing the auditor of Grant County to issue a tax deed. The trial court determined that Max Powell was prejudicially misled by the incomplete information given to him by the treasurer’s office, and that determination supports the piercing of the statutory rules to prevent injustice.

In Re: Larry L. Thompson Revocable Trust; Deanna Thompson Stull v. Larry L. Thompson Revocable Trust, Derek Thompson, and Vicki Thompson Craver
54A01-1011-TR-592
Trust. Affirms judgment in favor of Larry L. Thompson Revocable Trust, Derek Thompson and Vicki Thompson Craver on Deanna Thompson Stull’s motion to correct errors and motion to amend petition in equity to conform to evidence. The trial court did not err by barring Deanna from raising the issues of her equitable claim that were implicitly decided in a prior appeal. Denies the appellees’ request for appellate attorney fees.

K.S. v. B.W.
22A05-1102-DR-79
Domestic relation. Reverses order granting ex-boyfriend B.W. visitation with K.S.’s daughter. Affirms denial of K.S.’s request for attorney fees. The trial court’s decision to grant B.W. visitation as a de facto parent was contrary to law. B.W. is not the biological father.

Robert Endris v. Review Board of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Fellon-McCord Associates (NFP)
9302-1101-EX-48
Agency appeal. Affirms denial of unemployment benefits.

Brett Zagorac v. State of Indiana (NFP)
64A03-1011-CR-589
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor battery.

Telisa Arnold v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1101-CR-20
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at 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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