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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit issues interesting Wisconsin opinion today, and an Indiana decision [Updated]

And it is written by District Judge Van Bokkelen, of the ND Ind., sitting by designation. The opinion, in U.S. v. Danny Turner, begins:

Danny Turner was convicted by a jury of three counts of dealing crack cocaine. The district court sentenced him to 210 months of imprisonment on each count, to be served concurrently. Turner appeals, arguing that the district court should not have allowed a chemist to testify at trial about the nature of the drug exhibits because the chemist did not himself test those exhibits. Turner also believes that the district court should not have admitted the drugs into evidence because the government did not establish a proper chain of custody. We conclude that the district court was correct in both instances, and we affirm its judgment.
Note: I'm not clear on why the U.S. is shown as appealing here in the opinion's header.[Updated] Additional decisions have appeared on the 7th Circuit list, including an Indiana case:

In Angela N. LaFary v. Rogers Group (SD Ind., McKinney), an 11-page opinion, Judge Wood writes:

Angela LaFary liked her job as a field clerk at the Martinsville, Indiana, office of Rogers Group, Inc. (“RGI”), a company in the business of producing crushed stone for road construction and similar uses. Shortly after she became pregnant, however, RGI transferred her to Bloomington, eventually letting her go after she had taken more than six months of leave necessitated by complications with her pregnancy. LaFary sued RGI for age discrimination, sex discrimination, and retaliation. The district court granted RGI’s motion for summary judgment on all counts. LaFary appeals the decision on the sex discrimination and retaliation claims. As LaFary sees it, she was transferred from Martinsville to Bloomington because she was pregnant, and she lost her job because she asked for and took leave to deal with complications with her pregnancy. The district court found, however, that the evidence LaFary proffered at the summary judgment stage was not enough to support a prima facie case for either theory. It therefore granted summary judgment in RGI’s favor. We affirm.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 12, 2010 12:25 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions