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
US v. Davila-Lopez
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 14-1277
Morales-Morales v. Sessions
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1774
United States v. Edwards  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1874

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty, without a plea agreement, to several federal firearms offenses. Defendant already had a long criminal record, including Massachusetts convictions for unarmed robbery, assault with a dangerous we...

United States v. Houston  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1017, 16-1020

Justia Opinion Summary: Alvin Houston and Shawna Calhoun pleaded guilty to transporting Minor A from Maine to Massachusetts and back to Maine over an eight-day period with the intent that Minor A engage in prostitution. In these consolidated ap...

United States v. Coombs  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1246

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute alpha-PHP and obstruction of justice, reserving the right to appeal the denial of four of his five motions to suppress. On appeal, Defen...

United States v. Diaz-Rosado  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1010

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for carjacking in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2119. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) Defendant’s actions were sufficient to allow a rational jury to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt...

United States v. Hillaire  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1692

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction for conspiracy to commit access-device fraud. Before trial, Defendant and his co-defendant filed motions to suppress evidence and statements that had been obtained in the...

United States v. Ramdihall  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1841

Justia Opinion Summary: The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction for conspiracy to commit access-device fraud. Before trial, Defendant and his co-defendant filed motions to suppress evidence and statements that had been obtained in the...

US v. Perez-Carrera
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1392
US v. Zimny
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2144
Denault v. Ahern  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2423

Justia Opinion Summary: First Circuit rejects civil rights claims relating to retention of property in car towed for an evidentiary search. Chelmsford police located Denault’s 2000 Nissan parked in Testa’s Lowell driveway. Denault, the suspec...

United States v. Diaz-Rosado  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1551

Justia Opinion Summary: First Circuit rejects Double Jeopardy challenge to second indictment for cocaine smuggling. On August 15, 2013, Díaz was indicted in the Southern District of Florida for his role in planning and organizing a maritime sm...

AES Puerto Rico, L.P. v. Trujillo-Panisse  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2052

Justia Opinion Summary: Municipal ordinances banning coal combustion residuals from landfills were preempted by Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board’s approval of the disposal. AES Puerto Rico, a coal-fired power plant owner, claimed that t...

Pan Am Railways, Inc. v. US Department of Labor
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2271
United States v. Lasalle-Gonzalez  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1619

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the sentence imposed for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm. After Appellant pleaded guilty to the offense, the district court sentenced him to ten years, the statutory maximum....