Opinions Nov. 19, 2021

The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinions were posted after IL deadline Thursday:
United States of America v. Juan Zamudio
20-3016
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Criminal. Affirms Juan Zamudio’s 300-month sentence for two drug-related offenses, conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Finds no error in the Southern Indiana District Court’s attribution of at least 4.5 kilograms of actual methamphetamine to Zamudio. Also finds district court did not err in applying the firearm enhancement or the drug premises enhancement to his sentence.

Joel M. Reinebold v. Steve Bruce and Tom Norris
21-1092
Appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. Judge Damon R. Leichty.
Civil. Affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of Steve Bruce and Tom Norris on a 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause via 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Rules Joel Reinebold failed to show he was intentionally treated less favorably because of his age than the individual who was ultimately hired as coach. Finds the district court did not impressionably weigh two pieces of evidence – the testimony of Norris’s barber and a handwritten note from a search committee member which described Reinebold as “looking for a retirement job.”

Friday opinions
Court of Appeals of Indiana
M.B. v. J.D. (mem. dec.)
21A-PO-00524
Protective order. Affirms the protective ordered issued for J.D. against ex-boyfriend M.B. Finds M.B. forfeited his original appeal and has not identified any basis to set the order aside under Indiana Trial Rule 60(B). Finds the Grant Superior Court did not abuse its discretion by leaving the protective order in place.

J.A. v. Indiana Department of Child Services (mem. dec.)
21A-JT-00719
Juvenile termination. Affirms the involuntary termination of J.A.’s parental rights to his minor child, G.D. Finds termination of the parent-child relationship was in the child’s best interests and concludes such a finding by the Shelby Superior Court is not clearly erroneous.

K.M. v. Indiana Department of Child Services, et al. (mem. dec.)
21A-JT-01039
Juvenile termination. Affirms the termination of K.M.’s parental rights over her minor children, M.M., L.R., Ga.R., Gi.R., and K.R. Finds by clear and convincing evidence that there is a reasonable probability that the conditions that resulted in the children’s removal or the reasons for placement outside of their mother’s home will not be remedied and that termination is in their best interests. Finds the termination of K.M.’s parental rights is in the children’s best interests and that the Marion Superior Court did not err terminating those rights.

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