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. Brown  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3645

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant's 28 U.S.C. 2255 petition was successive and his substantive arguments were barred. The Eighth Circuit held that defendant's second amended judgment was not a new sentence where the judge orally sentenced him t...

United States v. Seals  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1042

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that there was sufficient evidence to convict defendant of distribution of heroin and fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury and possession of those drugs with intent to distribute. In this c...

United States v. Dawn Cooper
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1149
United States v. Michael Vandenberg
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1322
Lesum v. Barr  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1352

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner sought review of the denial of his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). The Eighth Circuit denied the petition, holding that there was no l...

United States v. Miller  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1507

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence from a traffic stop after he entered a conditional guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court hel...

Maher v. Iowa State University  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1559

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the University in a Title IX action alleging that plaintiff was excluded from participation in and denied the benefits of the educational prog...

Rembrandt Enterprises, Inc. v. Dahmes Stainless, Inc.
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1808
United States v. White  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 18-2233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction on remand of possession of an unregistered firearm. The court held that there was ample circumstantial evidence for the district court to reasonably infer defendant cons...

Kasiah v. Crowd Systems, Inc.  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3588

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to an off-duty police officer and the board of police commissioners in a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action. Plaintiff, a concertgoer, filed suit after he was...

United States v. Tony Hoffman
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1046
United States v. Raifsnider  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1212

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence imposed after his successful motion under 28 U.S.C. 2255 on the ground that it was substantively unreasonable. The Eighth Circuit enforced the appeal waiver in the plea agreement and dismi...

United States v. Reymundo Martinez-Castillo
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3614
United States v. Sean Lloyd
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-3695
United States v. Solis  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 18-1215

Justia Opinion Summary: It is plain that the government cannot use the misprision statute to require someone to report a crime—an essential element of misprision—where doing so reasonably could lead to that individual's own prosecution. Defenda...