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Opinions Feb. 7, 2012

February 7, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Roy Wirtz, et al. v. City of South Bend
11-3811
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, Judge Robert L. Miller Jr.
Civil. Affirms dismissal of the city’s motion to appeal a case arising under the First Amendment’s establishment clause. Although the city is challenging two appealable orders, the challenge is untimely. The appeal is also moot.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals

Mitchell A. McCarter v. State of Indiana
26A04-1106-CR-409
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class D felony sexual battery and remands with instructions to enter judgment as Class B misdemeanor battery. The state did not prove the element that D.H. perceived that she was compelled to submit to the groping of her buttocks through force or threat of force.

Benjamin Crossing Homeowners' Association, Inc. v. Rose Heide and David F. Wilkerson

79A04-1103-PL-185
Civil plenary. Reverses summary judgment for Heide and Wilkerson in their suit seeking declaratory judgment that the homeowners’ association couldn’t enforce a restrictive covenant to prohibit the operation of a child care business in their residences. The planned unit development ordinance has no affect on the association’s authority to enforce the private restrictive covenants at issue. Remands with instructions to enter summary judgment for the association on its request for injunctive relief and for further proceedings to determine an award of damages, if any.

Justin Woodhouse v. State of Indiana (NFP)
56A04-1105-CR-324
Criminal. Dismisses appeal of the trial court’s denial of Woodhouse’s motion to dismiss the state’s notice of a probation violation.

Christopher Short v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A05-1107-CR-362
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for discharge pursuant to Indiana Criminal Rule 4(B).

R.W. v. M.R. (NFP)
48A04-1106-MI-331
Miscellaneous. Reverses order on clarification granting M.R. visitation with R.W.’s minor children. Remands with instructions.
 

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