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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides two Indiana cases today

In Devon Groves v. U.S. (ND Ind., Miller), an 11-page opinion, Judge Amy J. St. Eve, ND Illinois, sitting by designation, writes:

A jury convicted Petitioner Devon Groves for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), and the district court sentenced him to the statu-tory maximum of 240 months in prison—120 months on each count—to run consecutively. This court affirmed the judgment. See United States v. Groves, 559 F.3d 637 (7th Cir. 2009). On March 2, 2011, Groves filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. The district court denied Groves’s § 2255 motion, and we affirm.
In Nichols v. Michigan City Planning Dept. (ND Ind., Simon), a 17-page opinion, Judge Williams writes:
James Nichols sued his employer, the Michigan City Area Schools (“Michigan City”), alleg-ing two Title VII violations. First, Nichols claimed that Mich-igan City required him to work in a hostile work environ-ment at a school where he was a temporary janitor. Howev-er, he does not provide sufficient evidence that demonstrates that the harassment he allegedly suffered was severe or pervasive. Second, he claimed that Michigan City fired him be-cause of his race. Once again, Nichols does not show sufficient evidence that his alleged harasser, Bette Johnston, was a proximate cause of his firing because affidavits from Nichols’s supervisors show that he would have been let go even if there was no feud between him and Johnston. After discovery, Michigan City moved for summary judgment, which the district court granted. The record on appeal supports summary judgment in favor of Michigan City, and we affirm the district court’s judgment.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 19, 2014 04:11 PM
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