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Friday, February 10, 2012

Ind. Decisions - Apparently it takes a while for news to travel from Chicago to South Bend

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 7th, summarizing the 7th Circuit opinion by Circuit Judge Posner in the case of Roy Wirtz v. City of South Bend (aka "the Family Dollar case"), the SB Tribune reports today that:

A federal appeals court has upheld a local judge's ruling on the Family Dollar deal.

The City of South Bend appealed the case after a federal judge ruled the city could not sell the store property to the new St. Joseph's High School for $1. The judge said the deal amounted to a gift to a religious institution.

South Bend said it filed the appeal for clarification on how to deal with religious institutions in the future. The Appeals Court didn't touch that issue.

The Court ruled this week the city of South Bend's appeal was untimely and that the controversy no longer exists, since the Diocese wound up buying the land at a public auction.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 10, 2012 01:49 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions