Michael Kanne

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Michael Kanne
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Lafayette, IN
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   5/20/1987 - Present
Preceded by:   Jesse Eschbach
Past post:   Northern District of Indiana
Past term:   1982-1987
Past position:   Seat #3
Personal History
Born:   1938
Hometown:   Rensselaer, IN
Undergraduate:   Indiana U. '62
Law School:   Indiana U. Law '68

Michael Stephen Kanne (b. 1938) is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.

Early life and education

Born in Rensselaer, Indiana, Kanne graduated from Indiana University with his bachelor's degree in 1962. Kanne served as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1965 before receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University School of Law in 1968.[1]

Professinal career

Kanne was a private practice attorney in the State of Indiana from 1968 to 1972 before serving as City Attorney for the City of Rensselaer, Indiana in 1972. Kanne was appointed to serve as Judge in the 30th Judicial Circuit of Indiana from 1972 to 1982. Kanne was a lecturer at St. Joseph's College from 1976 to 1989 and also served as a Lecturer at St. Frances College from 1990 to 1991.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Indiana

Kanne was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana by Ronald Reagan on December 4, 1981 to a seat vacated by Phil McNagny. Kanne was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 8, 1982 and received commission on February 9, 1982.[1] Kanne was succeeded in this position by Rudy Lozano.

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, Kanne was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1987 to a seat vacated by Jesse Eschbach. Kanne was confirmed by the Senate on May 19, 1987 on a Senate voice vote and received commission on May 20, 1987.[2]

Notable cases

IL abortion law case (2009)

  United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
     *Zbaraz et al., v. Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois, et at. US 08-1620, 08-1782
Judge Kanne was part of a three judge panel led by Judge John Tinder on July 14, 2009, that removed an injunction against the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.[3] The 1995 law required parental notification for abortions in Illinois. After the law was passed, it remained latent due to an injunction filed that prevented enforcement.[3]

Under the law, parents must be notified 48 hours before a girl age seventeen or younger obtains an abortion in Illinois. However, it does not require parental consent. The law also contains a provision to bypass the notification requirement by notifying a judge.[4]

After the law was passed, a group of Illinois doctors demanded that Attorney General Jim Ryan should refrain from enforcing it due to complaints over the judicial bypass provision. Both sides agreed to a court order placing an injunction on enforcement of the law. It was not until 2006 that the Illinois Supreme Court allowed enforcement of the law, but the State was required to file a lawsuit to lift the injunction.[4]

The suit was filed in March of 2007, when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan petitioned federal judge David Coar to lift the injunction.[4] Judge Coar denied the petition, and subsequently, the Thomas More Society and the Illinois Catholic Conference filed an appeal to the Seventh Circuit.

The three judge panel decided in favor of the judicial bypass provision, stating, "the law is constitutional on its face under the relevant criteria for consent statutes, and therefore, it satisfies any criteria that are required for bypass provisions in notice statutes.”[4]

Judge Kanne and Tinder were joined on the three judge panel with Judge Richard Cudahy.[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Phil McNagny
Northern District of Indiana
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Rudy Lozano
Preceded by:
Jesse Eschbach
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: