Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago, Illinois, has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

Two notable law and economics scholars sit on this court, Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judge Richard Posner.

Browse Opinions From the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Ronald Forgue v. City of Chicago
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2857
United States v. Oliver  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3611

Justia Opinion Summary: After participating in a scheme that involved “retirement investment seminars,” Oliver pled guilty to wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, for defrauding investors. Because Oliver used their money for personal expenses or investe...

Felicia Madden v. DVA
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3740
Asentic v. Sessions  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1202

Justia Opinion Summary: Asentic, a Bosnian Serb who is now 65, was granted refugee status and brought his family to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia more than 15 years ago. He has been a permanent resident for nearly that long, but the Board...

Marytza Golden v. Indianapolis Housing Agency
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1359
Haynes v. United States  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1680

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998 Haynes was convicted of 12 federal crimes and sentenced to life plus 105 years in prison. His direct appeal and a collateral attack under 28 U.S.C. 2255 failed. After the Supreme Court retroactively held that the...

Sanders v. Melvin  
Date: October 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1938

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanders has been in solitary confinement for eight years, and the prison plans to keep him there for another ten. He has been diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and other conditions...

USA v. Karen Zais
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4066
USA v. Andrew Nelson
Date: October 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4174
United States v. Al-Awadi  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2643

Justia Opinion Summary: Soon after he began working at a daycare, other teachers expressed concern about 20‐year‐old Al‐Awadi’s interactions with female children. Al‐Awadi was cautioned about his behavior. On a day when the daycare was shorthan...

United States v. Holton  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: Holton pleaded guilty to robbing an Illinois grocery store, carrying and using a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A); a jury found him guilty of conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery (robbery affecting interstate commerce),...

Stephanie S. Carlson v. CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1374
United States v. Dearborn  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3346, 16-3905

Justia Opinion Summary: Dearborn pled guilty to distributing crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) & 846.. In 2015, the Seventh Circuit remanded for correction of certain conditions of supervised release. In a second appeal, Dearborn argued that d...

USA v. Bradley Dearborn
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3905
Herman Griffin v. Indiana Department of Correcti
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4272