7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Roy Wirtz, et al. v. City of South Bend
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
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
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)
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)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion for discharge pursuant to Indiana Criminal Rule 4(B).
R.W. v. M.R. (NFP)
Miscellaneous. Reverses order on clarification granting M.R. visitation with R.W.’s minor children. Remands with instructions.