Indianapolis, Illinois?

August 19, 2008
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According to one 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion today, Indianapolis is now a part of our neighboring state to the west. I opened Angela Tyson v. Gannett Co. Inc., aware this would be an Indiana case. Lo and behold, I was right – sort of.

The Indianapolis Division of the U.S. District Court is in the Southern District of Indiana, as we all know, but just for today, the division has temporarily relocated to Illinois. According to the opinion, the Indianapolis Division is now in the Southern District of Illinois.

I don’t see too many slipups by the federal appellate court, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen them attribute a division to the wrong state. Was it oversight by the court clerk or is this a sign that Sens. Barack Obama and Evan Bayh have fostered a deal that not only will they be running mates in 2008, but they have unified their two home states? Maybe the 7th Circuit knows something we don’t know.

Chances are, a corrected opinion will be on the court’s Web site by the end of the day or tomorrow, but for now, it’s just funny to see Indianapolis, Illinois.

UPDATE: On Friday, Aug. 22, the 7th Circuit posted an order in that case correcting the error about the court location, as well as another on the second page involving Tyson's employer, Gannett, owner of the newspaper known as the Indianapolis Star.
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