8th Circuit Court

206 ABA Journal 8th Circuit Court articles.

Hearing Transcripts to Go Online

The policy-making arm of the nation’s federal courts voted today to make it easier for both lawyers and the public to access court materials.

For lawyers, the big news is…

Rape Victim Sues Judge Over R-Word Ban

An alleged acquaintance-rape victim has sued the Nebraska judge who banned her from using the word “rape” in testimony, in what her lawyer describes as a troubling trend.

A federal…

Plagiarizing Lawyer Sent to Law School

In an acerbic opinion, a federal bankruptcy judge has ordered an Iowa lawyer who submitted a largely plagiarized brief to return to law school and take a legal ethics course.

8th Circuit: Resentence Wal-Mart Exec

A federal judge may have been too lenient in sentencing a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive to five years of probation (including about two years of home confinement) in a…

Judge Blocks Abortion Law

A federal judge has barred enforcement of a Missouri law requiring abortion clinics to upgrade their surgery facilities.

U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith issued a temporary restraining order and scheduled…

Lethal Injection Appeal Rejected

A federal appeals court has refused to grant a rehearing in a case challenging Missouri’s lethal injection procedure.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to review a panel…

Suits Target Annuity Pitches

More than a dozen federal lawsuits claim insurers are misleading elderly consumers with sales pitches for equity-indexed annuities that track the stock market.

The largest case is a class action…

En Banc Court Mulls Abortion Law

Anti-abortion groups are pursuing a strategy that focuses on the consequences for women who undergo abortion.

An example is the law passed by South Dakota, Adam Liptak writes in his…

Laws Shield Executioners

Several state laws shield the identities of medical personnel administering lethal cocktails to condemned inmates, even as lawsuits claim botched executions.

A federal judge barred a Missouri doctor from participating…

Last Resorts of Court

One date that’s on almost every federal judge’s calendar this summer is the meeting of his or her circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, at which trial and appellate…

Missouri Lethal Injections Upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld Missouri’s lethal injection procedure.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in St. Louis said yesterday that the three-drug cocktail did not violate…

Lawyers Spar Over Abortion Law

A lawyer for abortion opponents told a federal appeals court yesterday than an injunction blocking an abortion warning law is interfering with the rights of pregnant women in South Dakota.

8th Circuit Reconsiders Abortion Issue

A federal appeals court will sit en banc today to reconsider an injunction blocking a South Dakota abortion law from taking effect.

The 2005 law requires abortion providers to tell…