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7th Circuit dismisses case for mootness

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The appeal of an eviction initiated by the Housing Authority of South Bend was dismissed by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals because the woman and her son have already been evicted.

In A.B., a child by his next friend, Linda Kehoe v. Housing Authority of South Bend, 11-2581, A.B. appealed the order that he and his mother be evicted from public housing following the mother’s arrest and guilty plea to possession of cocaine and resisting law enforcement. On June 6, 2011, A.B. filed a request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the housing authority from pursuing the eviction in state court; the U.S. District Court judge denied the motion. On June 24, the judge ruled in favor of the housing authority and issued an order for immediate possession of the property and eviction of A.B. and his mother.

A.B. appealed, but the 7th Circuit dismissed because the family has already been evicted.

“For a preliminary injunction to be effective, it must be issued prior to the event the movant wishes to prevent. Once the event in question occurs, any possible use for a preliminary injunction is expired,” wrote Judge William Bauer.

 

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  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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