Eighth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Established in 1868, the US 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 US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States v. Vaca  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2651

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Caesar Vaca lied to detectives when he told them he had never possessed a gun. He had pleaded guilty to a crime more than 20 years earlier that involved the use of one. The issue presented for the Eig...

United States v. Green  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 20-2796

Justia Opinion Summary: Herbert Green previously appealed the denial of his motion to suppress drugs and firearms discovered in his apartment during a law enforcement search outside the scope of the police’s warrant. The Eighth Circuit Court of...

Brandon Aguilar-Melendez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 20-3554
Primerica Life Insurance Co. v. Reid  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1263

Justia Opinion Summary: Ila Reid appealed a district court’s summary judgment dismissal of her breach of contract claim against Primerica Life Insurance Company (“Primerica”). Reid brought her claim after Primerica filed an interpleader action...

Torres v. Coats
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1761
Torres v. Coats  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Numbers: 21-1918, 21-1761

Justia Opinion Summary: Isaiah Hammett was killed during the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s (SLMPD) execution of a search warrant at his grandfather’s home. Hammett’s surviving mother and grandfather, Gina Torres and Dennis Torres (...

United States v. Jimmie Pampkin
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2348
J.T.H. v. Cook  
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-2433

Justia Opinion Summary: A sheriff’s deputy sexually abused J.T.H.’s 15-year-old son. J.T.H., who also worked in law enforcement, threatened to sue for the abuse. Before long, Spring Cook, a child-welfare investigator, showed up at his door afte...

Sayed Ali v. Shelter Mutual Insurance Co.
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3746
United States v. Dyqwon Brown
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1383
United States v. Zewayne Durley
Date: July 1, 2022
Docket Number: 22-1588
United States v. Arthur Delong, III
Date: June 30, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1736
Michael Hancock v. Jim Arnott  
Date: June 30, 2022
Docket Number: 21-1954

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was diagnosed with a reducible ventral hernia while detained awaiting trial at the Greene County Justice Center in Missouri. Although his hernia could be repaired through surgery, Plaintiff was unable to prepay...

United States v. Dameon Harris
Date: June 30, 2022
Docket Number: 21-3475
Jody Lombardo v. City of St. Louis  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 19-1469

Justia Opinion Summary: On remand, the Supreme Court directed the Eighth Circuit to “to employ an inquiry that clearly attends to the facts and circumstances” of the incident between Plaintiffs’ son and the officers in considering whether the o...