7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Center for Inquiry, Inc., and Reba Boyd Wooden v. Marion Circuit Court Clerk and Marion County Prosecutor
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
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)
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.