Akins v. Knight, No. 16-3555 (8th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit against five police officers, three prosecutors, the city of Columbia, and Boone County, alleging numerous violations of his constitutional rights arising from his encounters with police. The Eighth Circuit rejected defendant's argument that the district court erred by failing to transfer his recusal motions to another judge for decision; the district court did not err by denying the recusal motions on the merits because none of the facts singly or in combination would provide an objective, knowledgeable member of the public with a reasonable basis for doubting the judge's impartiality; and the district court did not err, in its thorough and well reasoned opinions, by granting motions to dismiss and summary judgment by defendants and denying plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment.