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8th Circuit Court

234 ABA Journal 8th Circuit Court articles.

A Debt-Defying Act

Courts say part of embattled bankruptcy law violates First Amendment

Appeals Court Allows Protests at Soldiers’ Funerals

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who regularly make headlines and anger grieving families by showing up and…

8th Circuit Restores Halloween Restrictions on Sex Offenders in Missouri

A federal appeals court is permitting enforcement of a Missouri law that restricts sex offenders from contact with children on Halloween.

The law requires sex offenders to stay at home…

After Major ICE Raid, Iowa Hits Kosher Meat Plant With $10M in Labor Fines

A kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa has been hit with not quite $10 million in fines by the state labor commission for alleged violation of wage laws after a May…

Defendant’s Focus on Federal Judge Gets Him an Extra Conviction

A Minnesota tax protester who tried to haul the federal judge assigned to his case into “common law court” now has an extra conviction on his record as a result.

Trial Delay Sought for Non-Lawyer Who Allegedly ‘Practiced’ for a Decade

Saying that they expect their client may be charged in other jurisdictions, lawyers for non-attorney Howard Kieffer are seeking a trial delay in in a fraud case related to his…

Unlicensed ‘Lawyer’ Allegedly Practiced for a Decade in 10 States

For the past decade or so, Howard Kieffer has reportedly represented clients in federal cases in 10 states. The problem is, he reportedly wasn’t properly licensed to practice law in…

Once-Prominent Illinois Lawyer to Plead in Cocaine Case

A former southern Illinois lawyer and Democratic power broker has accepted a plea deal in a cocaine case that calls for a six-year federal prison sentence and $525,000 in financial…

8th Circuit: Bankruptcy Provision Violates Lawyer Free Speech Rights

A federal appeals court has struck down a provision in the 2005 federal bankruptcy law that bars lawyers from advising clients to take on more debt before filing for bankruptcy.

Hundreds Held in Another Big ICE Raid

In another signpost of stepped-up immigration enforcement, federal agents raided a Mississippi factory yesterday, detaining at least 350 workers who allegedly are in the country illegally.

“The raid follows a…

Non-Lawyer Disbarred By Federal Court in N.D.

A non-lawyer who apparently tricked a federal court in North Dakota into admitting him to practice there, by claiming to be licensed in California, has been disbarred.

Howard Kieffer now…

Sanctions Study: Lying to Court is Costly, But Baseless Claims are Most Common

A study of sanctions against attorneys in the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that frivolous claims were the biggest source of penalties.

Failure to comply with…

Appeals Court Rejects Militia Organizer’s Second Amendment Claim

A federal appeals court has ruled a man who organized his own militia did not have a Second Amendment right to possess a machine gun.

Hollis Wayne Fincher had argued…

Mo. Lawyer Rants Against Judge, Gets 4 Months in Jail

Asking a Missouri judge “Are you a pedophile?” was but one of the “rude and angry” comments that reportedly helped persuade the jurist to slap a 120-day contempt sentence on…

Fake Cop’s Work Prompts 17 Civil Rights Suits Against Small Mo. Town

Updated: In a small Missouri town, a bizarre case is still unraveling: A fake undercover cop conducted raids and made arrests for weeks, with the help of local police, before…

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