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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. Is it possible to amend an order for child support due to false paternity?

  2. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  3. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  4. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  5. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

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