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Opinions July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Center for Inquiry, Inc., and Reba Boyd Wooden v. Marion Circuit Court Clerk and Marion County Prosecutor
12-3751
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Civil. Reverses the denial of an injunction to prevent the state from enforcing the marriage solemnization statute. Rules Indiana’s statute that prohibits officials of secular groups such as humanist societies from solemnizing marriages violates the First Amendment and the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Also remands with instructions to issue an injunction allowing certified secular humanist celebrants to solemnize marriages in Indiana. If the state amends its statute to allow notaries to perform marriages, the 7th Circuit held the District Court should be receptive to a motion to modify the injunction.


Indiana Court of Appeals
Terry Banks v. Denny Jamison, d/b/a, Automotive Hammerart
49A02-1304-PL-362
Civil plenary. Affirms in part, reverses in part and remands. Majority affirms summary judgment in favor of Jamison on Banks’ claims of civil theft and conversion, but holds Banks may proceed with a claim against Jamison under the Deceptive Consumers Sales Act. Finds a mechanic’s lien perfected by Jamison was invalid because Banks was not served notice. Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III concurs in part and dissents in part, agreeing with the majority but holding that Banks should have a day in court to press his civil theft and conversion claims.

Henry L. Shell, Jr. v. State of Indiana (NFP)
52A02-1307-CR-598
Criminal. Affirms aggregate 21-year sentence and convictions of Class B felony neglect of a dependent, Class D felony battery and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.


Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court issued no opinions by IL deadline Monday.

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  1. Major social engineering imposed by judicial order well in advance of democratic change, has been the story of the whole post ww2 period. Contraception, desegregation, abortion, gay marriage: all rammed down the throats of Americans who didn't vote to change existing laws on any such thing, by the unelected lifetime tenure Supreme court heirarchs. Maybe people came to accept those things once imposed upon them, but, that's accommodation not acceptance; and surely not democracy. So let's quit lying to the kids telling them this is a democracy. Some sort of oligarchy, but no democracy that's for sure, and it never was. A bourgeois republic from day one.

  2. JD Massur, yes, brings to mind a similar stand at a Texas Mission in 1836. Or Vladivostok in 1918. As you seemingly gloat, to the victors go the spoils ... let the looting begin, right?

  3. I always wondered why high fence deer hunting was frowned upon? I guess you need to keep the population steady. If you don't, no one can enjoy hunting! Thanks for the post! Fence

  4. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  5. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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