Opinions June 8, 2017

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The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline Wednesday:
Higher Society of Indiana v. Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. Judge Philip P. Simon.
Civil. Affirms the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction to the Higher Society of Indiana. Finds Tippecanoe County’s policy regarding who can demonstrate on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse likely violates the First Amendment by restricting private speech and not being viewpoint-neutral.

Thursday opinions
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
John Lee Futrell v. United States of America
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Civil. Affirms the dismissal of John Lee Futrell’s claim against the U.S. government under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Finds the case of Feres v. United States, 340 U.S. 135 (1950), is still controlling law.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Gary S. Kirkwood v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Gary S. Kirkwood’s convictions of Level 5 felony operating a vehicle while a habitual traffic violator and Class A misdemeanor battery. Finds the state presented sufficient evidence.

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