Opinions Aug. 5, 2022

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Blake Stewardson v. Cameron Biggs
21-3118
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. Judge Damon R. Leichty.
Civil. Dismisses for lack of jurisdiction Deputy Cameron Biggs’ appeal of the denial of qualified immunity. Finds the 7th Circuit may review district court orders denying qualified immunity on interlocutory appeal only when the appellant brings “a purely legal argument that does not depend on disputed facts.” Also finds the instant appeal does not meet that criteria, as Biggs’ argument is “inseparable from the question of fact identified by the district court” and presents no purely legal issue.

Court of Appeals of Indiana
In the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: C.H. (Minor Child), and M.H. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
21A-JT-2772
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of father M.H.’s parental rights to his 10-year-old son, C.H. Finds the Department of Child Services provided clear and convincing evidence to establish that the conditions that led to C.H.’s removal were unlikely to be remedied and that M.H.’s continued relationship with C.H. threatened the child’s well-being. Also finds the Lake Superior Court correctly determined that termination of M.H.’s parental rights is in C.H.’s best interests.

In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of L.P. and L.W. (Minor Children) and D.P. (Father) v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
22A-JT-618
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of father D.P.’s parental rights to his minor children, L.P. and L.W. Finds the evidence supports the Greene Circuit Court’s finding that D.P. voluntarily consented to the termination of his parental rights.

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