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219 ABA Journal 8th Circuit Court articles.

Cases challenging expired COVID-19 church restrictions fail in Supreme Court and 8th Circuit

A Maine church and Christian residents of a county in Missouri have failed in their lawsuits challenging COVID-19 restrictions that have since been lifted.

Can businesses recover for pandemic losses? 8th Circuit is first federal appeals court to rule

An Iowa dental clinic can’t recover for COVID-19 "business interruption" losses under an insurance policy that covers "accidental physical loss or accidental physical damage," a federal appeals court has ruled.

8th Circuit must reconsider case of shackled inmate who died after prone restraint, SCOTUS says

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday told a federal appeals court to take another look at a case of an inmate who died after correctional officers applied pressure to his back while he lay shackled on the floor.

Several minutes into 9th Circuit online hearing, lawyer realizes he’s arguing the wrong case

Social Security claimants lawyer Chad Hatfield didn’t realize his goof until several minutes into an argument last Monday before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco.

Inmate seeking firing-squad execution denied cert; dissent says court ‘chooses to stand idly by’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the case of a Missouri death row inmate who is seeking execution by firing squad rather than lethal injection.

Afternoon Briefs: State supreme court limits use of bail; prosecutors in this state may face stricter discipline

California judges must consider defendant’s ability to pay when setting bail, ruling says

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional to keep criminal defendants behind bars simply…

7th Circuit creates clear split on viability of balancing test used to evaluate abortion restrictions

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago has ruled that a balancing test should still be used to evaluate abortion restrictions, creating a clear circuit split on the issue.

Lawyer who pleaded guilty in porn lawsuit scheme must pay $1.5M restitution, 8th Circuit says

A federal appeals court has upheld a $1.5 million restitution order against a Minnesota lawyer who pleaded guilty in a scheme to upload porn to file-sharing websites and then sue people who downloaded it.

No federal appeals court has more female than male judges; which one is evenly balanced?

Just one federal appeals court has an equal number of active male and female judges.

Federal appeals judges suggest SCOTUS should allow states to ban ‘eugenics’ abortions

A Jan. 5 federal appeals decision is getting some attention because of concurrences suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court should revisit its abortion decisions.

En banc 5th Circuit allows Medicaid defunding of Planned Parenthood

Medicaid patients don’t have a right to sue over a state’s decision to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, the en banc 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans ruled Monday.

No new wave of election lawsuits emerged Tuesday; which pending cases could make a difference?

A wave of Election Day litigation did not materialize Tuesday, even as President Donald Trump vowed to take voting cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Afternoon Briefs: Texas courts allow count of drive-thru votes; 8th Circuit questions extended ballot deadline

Drive-thru votes can be counted in Texas, 2 courts say

The Texas Supreme Court and a federal judge in Houston have refused to stop the counting of nearly 127,000 votes…

8th Circuit rules judge can’t sentence defendant after telling him federal system ‘sucks,’ advising on plea bargain

A federal judge in Kansas City, Missouri, can’t sentence a defendant after telling him that the federal judicial system “sucks,” and he probably would get less time if he opted for trial instead of a guilty plea, a federal appeals court has ruled.

8th Circuit rules against grand juror who wanted to talk about Michael Brown case

A federal appeals court has ruled against a grand juror who wanted to correct the record after a prosecutor discussed evidence in the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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