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Opinions Aug. 16, 2010

August 16, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Gail M. Flatow and Flatow Comer, LLP v. Dwane Ingalls
49A02-0910-CV-994
Civil. Reverses denial of Flatow and Flatow Comer’s motion for summary judgment in Ingalls’ suit for legal malpractice. There is no designated evidence in the malpractice litigation to show the result of Ingalls’ partial motion for summary judgment would have been any different had a reply been filed. As a matter of law, the Flatow defendants had no duty to provide the services Ingalls claims they were negligent in failing to provide.

Paternity of P.B.; D.B. v. M.B
03A01-1001-JP-5
Juvenile paternity. Reverses and remands denial of mother’s petition to modify parenting time. The preponderance standard should have been used as the burden of proof, not clear and convincing evidence. Affirms finding father wasn’t in contempt for keeping P.B. extra days over the Christmas holiday week, the denial of mother’s request father pay her attorney’s fees and P.B.’s therapist’s fees, and the modification of the Christmas parenting time schedule.

Teresa Perry v. Whitley County 4-H Clubs Inc.
92A03-1002-CT-101
Civil tort. Affirms summary judgment for Whitely County 4-H Clubs on Perry’s negligence complaint for personal injuries suffered during a horse competition sponsored by the club. There is no genuine issue of material fact and the Indiana Equine Activity Statute bars her claim for injuries resulting from inherent risks of equine activities.

William R. Morell, III v. State of Indiana
06A04-0909-CR-531
Criminal. Affirms conviction of battery by means of a deadly weapon as a Class C felony. The trial court didn’t abuse its discretion or commit reversible error by failing to swear the state’s witnesses and failing to allow questioning related to the alleged violations of the trial court’s separation order outside the presence of a jury. The cumulative effect of Morrell’s alleged errors don’t warrant reversal and there is sufficient evidence to support the conviction.

Arvester Williams v. State of Indiana (NFP)
20A03-1001-CR-10
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B felony criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon and Williams’ aggregate sentence for criminal confinement as a Class B felony and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon as a Class B felony.

Brian A. Eby v. Jennifer L. Eby (NFP)
29A05-0909-CV-521
Civil. Reverses amended decree dissolving the Ebys’ marriage. Remands with instructions.

Matthew Donoho v. State of Indiana (NFP)
12A05-0912-CR-717
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class D felony theft and possession of marijuana, Class C felony burglary, and Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief.


Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

The Indiana Supreme Court granted no transfers for the week ending Aug. 13.
 

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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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