First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit was established in 1891 has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

It is the smallest of the thirteen federal appeals courts.

Browse Opinions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Holder v. Lynch  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1864

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 1990, Petitioner, a lawful permanent resident, committed a felony under California law. At that time, the immigration laws allowed the Attorney General of the United States, if so inclined, to grant Petitioner a w...

United States v. Arias  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1946

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin. The district court sentenced Defendant to a term of imprisonment of sixty-six months. Defendant appealed, rai...

Cortez Cardona v. Yates  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2095

Justia Opinion Summary: After she was charged with removability, Petitioner, a native and citizen of Guatemala, filed an application for asylum and withholding of removal pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. An immigration judge (IJ...

United States v. Delgado-Sanchez  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2262

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The district court sentenced Defendant to an upwardly variant sentence of seventy-two months’ imprisonment followed by a three-y...

United States v. Irizarry-Colon  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying his motion to dismiss the indictment with prejudice based on...

United States v. Taylor  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1764

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to rob a postal worker, assault on a federal employee, and related offenses. The sentencing judge sentenced Defendant to 235 months in prison, plus ten years. Def...

United States v. Roman-Huertas  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2109

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant’s plea agreement recommended a total offense level under the U.S. Sentencing guidelines of seventeen. Defendant objected to the recommended tot...

Mediterranean Shipping Co. v. Best Tire Recycling, Inc.  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2482

Justia Opinion Summary: This dispute arose out of contract for the shipment of used tires from Puerto Rico to Vietnam. Because it arrived late to Vietnam, the shipment accrued port storage charges, demurrage charges, and related administrative...

United States v. Henry  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2487

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) Defendant waived any argument regarding the district court’s denial of his mot...

United States v. Herman  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2001

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of conspiracy, willful violation of the Investment Advisers Act, wire fraud, and corruptly impeding the administration of internal revenue laws. Defendant was sentenced to eigh...

United States v. Pereira  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1669

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiring to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and aiding and abetting others to posses cocaine with the intent to distribute. Defendant appealed, arguing that he was entitled to a...

United States v. Perez-Diaz  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1977

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to seventy-eight months’ imprisonment and ten years of supervised release. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in denying h...

In Re: Suarez-Jimenez v.
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-8022
Prime Healthcare Services - Landmark LLC v. United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5067  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1161

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal concerned a dispute between employees represented by a Union and their successor employer. The parties agreed to arbitrate this dispute regarding change in the terms of pension provision in a collective barga...

Van Tran v. Roden
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2133