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Brown v City of Michigan City, Indiana

9-5-2006 Indiana:

Brown v City of Michigan City, Indiana ...
462 F.3d 720 (2006)

On August 1, 2002, Robert Brown was banned from all properties or programs operated by the Michigan City Department of Parks and Recreation. On August 13, 2002, he filed this suit against the City of Michigan City, Indiana ("City"); he alleged that the ban violated his rights to procedural and substantive due process guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.

On September 19, 2005, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana granted summary judgment in favor of the City. Mr. Brown now appeals. For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we affirm the judgment of the district court.

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Mr. Brown responds that, because Michigan City has not chosen to ban all child molesters from its parks, only Mr. Brown, its actions are "fundamentally irrational." Appellant's Br. at 34. But the City's means need not be "narrowly tailored" to its goals; rather, they need only be "reasonably related to [those] goal[s]." City of Chicago v. Shalala, 189 F.3d 598, 607 (7th Cir.1999). Unlike other persons previously convicted of child molestation, Mr. Brown was witnessed repeatedly in Washington Park watching patrons through binoculars; there is no indication that park officials had seen other sex offenders on City property, engaged in activity similar to Mr. Brown's. Further, as we concluded in Doe, "[t]here is certainly nothing in the record to suggest the City would act differently when faced with a similar case." Doe, 377 F.3d at 773 n. 14.[9]

For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we affirm the judgment of the district court.


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