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The Indiana Supreme Court has granted transfer to four cases, including two cases dealing with double jeopardy issues.

In Michael Sharp v. State of Indiana, No. 12S02-1109-CR-544, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Michael Sharp’s convictions of and sentence for Class A and Class C felony child molesting. His convictions on both charges didn’t violate double jeopardy standards because each offense required additional proof not used to support the other. The Court of Appeals also concluded that a defendant’s credit restricted felon status can’t be taken into consideration on Indiana Appellate Rule 7(B) review.  

In Jerrell D. White v. State of Indiana, No. 15S01-1109-CR-545, the Court of Appeals affirmed Jerrell White’s conviction of Class D felony theft for stealing a cash register and cash from a restaurant, but reversed his conviction of Class D felony receiving stolen property because of double jeopardy violations. The judges also found insufficient evidence to support a habitual offender finding. They affirmed White’s remaining three-year sentence on the theft conviction and remanded with instructions.

On a rehearing petitioned for by the state, the appellate court remanded to the trial court with instructions that it rehear evidence on the habitual offender enhancement, and affirmed its original decision in all other respects.

In Michael W. Baker v. State of Indiana, No. 89S01-1109-CR-543, the Court of Appeals in a not-for-publication decision reversed Michael Baker’s conviction of Class B felony burglary as well as the determination that he’s a habitual offender. The judges ordered an entry of judgment of conviction for criminal trespass and sentence on that offense.

In Michael B. Adams v. State of Indiana, No. 29S02-1109-CR-542, the COA affirmed Michael Adams’ conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and the decision by the trial court to suspend his license and registration. Adams was a passenger in a car pulled over for speeding, and the police officer could smell raw marijuana coming from the car when Adams rolled down his window. There was sufficient evidence to support the conviction, and the license and registration suspensions were appropriate under Indiana Code 35-48-4-15.  

The justices also denied transfer to 23 cases for the week ending Sept. 9.

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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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