Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Established in 1868, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit holds appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

The court is based in St. Louis, Missouri and encompassed at one time almost all the land included in the Louisiana Purchase. Congress passed a statute in 1929 dividing the Eighth Circuit, placing Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma into a new Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Learn more about the history and the judges who have served on the Eighth Circuit by visiting the Eighth Circuit Historical Society.

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


Recent Decisions From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States v. Mayokok  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1753

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to receipt of child pornography and was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment and 15 years supervised release. The court concluded, and the government concedes, that the district court erred by apply...

United States v. Marc Allen Cossette
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1829
United States v. Peoples  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2044

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, defendant appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained from a search of a motel room where he was staying. In this case, the motel cle...

Williams v. Kelley  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1825

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcel Williams, convicted of capital murder, kidnapping, rape, and aggravated robbery, moved for a stay of execution. Williams wanted to re-open the denial of federal habeas relief in 2009, renewing his claims of ineffe...

Williams v. Kelley  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1848

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcel Williams filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, challenging the Arkansas lethal injection execution protocol. After the district court denied Williams' motion for a preliminary injunction, he moved for a stay of executi...

Jones, Jr. v. Kelley  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1849

Justia Opinion Summary: Jack Harold Jones, Jr. appealed the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction, and moved for a stay of execution. Jones argued that, because of his specific medical conditions, the administration of the ADC's l...

United States v. Nicholas Woodford
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1344
United States v. Tyler White
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1346
Aura Chavez-Chavez v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1755
Joe Bandy, III v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2182
Paula Fesenmeyer v. City of Kansas City
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2997
Lee v. Hutchinson  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: Four Arkansas death-row inmates appealed the denial of their motions for a preliminary injunction prohibiting their executions and moved the court for a stay of execution. The court concluded that, to the extent the inma...

Lee v. Kelley  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1840

Justia Opinion Summary: Two appeals were filed before this court five hours before Ledell Lee's scheduled execution. Lee challenged the district court's alleged denial of his motion requesting funds under 18 U.S.C. 3599(f) for "ancillary servic...

United States v. Owen  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2521, 16-2611

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged the revocation of his supervised release and 24 month sentence, arguing that his waiver of counsel and decision to proceed pro se were invalid. The court concluded that the totality of the circumstan...

United States v. Ronnie Owen
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2611