8th Circuit Court

210 ABA Journal 8th Circuit Court articles.

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.
Will Roberts opinion ‘eviscerate abortion rights’? 8th Circuit cites new standard
Abortion restrictions should be evaluated under a new approach as a result of a June opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a federal appeals court said Friday.
Threat against judge not protected by attorney-client privilege, 8th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a man for threatening a federal judge in a phone call with his lawyers.
Afternoon Briefs: ‘Highly irregular conduct’ by DOJ alleged; satanist loses abortion case

DOJ engaged in ‘highly irregular conduct,’ says amicus appointee in Michael Flynn case

The U.S. Department of Justice “engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the…

Afternoon Briefs: 8th Circuit OKs surgical abortion ban; holdout juror’s ouster leads to new trial

8th Circuit allows Arkansas to ban most surgical abortions during pandemic

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis has allowed Arkansas to enforce its ban on surgical…

ABA brief criticizes trend in which courts fail to consider prevailing norms in ineffective assistance cases
The ABA has filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that courts must look to “prevailing professional norms” when assessing lawyers’ performance in ineffective assistance cases.
Federal judge refuses to OK consent decree limiting caseloads for Missouri public defenders
A federal judge in Missouri has refused to approve a consent decree that would have limited state public defenders to no more than 173.3 hours worth of cases each month, a standard that is based on a 40-hour workweek.
Equity partner at law firm wasn’t protected from mandatory retirement by federal age bias law, 8th Circuit rules
An equity partner at Armstrong Teasdale can’t sue under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act for his ouster under a mandatory retirement policy, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Anti-panhandling law likely violates First Amendment, 8th Circuit says
A ban on harassing panhandling in Arkansas is likely unconstitutional, and enforcement of the law may be banned statewide, a federal appeals court has ruled.
8th Circuit rejects lawyer’s challenge to mandatory bar dues
A federal appeals court has rejected a lawyer’s challenge to North Dakota’s procedures for collecting mandatory bar dues.

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