US v. Francois -- No abuse of discretion in denying new appointed counsel; despite sub-par Faretta warning, no error in allowing deft to go pro se; sufficient factual basis for jury instruction on flight; voluntary appearance at police station to report a crime doesn't trigger Miranda; remand for sentence in excess of maximum.
Calderon-Serra v. Wilimington Trust Company -- For-profit securities issued by a nonprofit do not trigger protections under the Trust Indenture Act.
Liu v. Holder -- Immigration: Adverse credibility finding of court below was supported by substantial evidence.
Somascan, Inc. v. Philips Medical Systems -- FRCP: no error in denying leave to amend the complaint long after the deadline.
Lund v. Fall River, MA -- (Souter) Boils off at two: Site identified as alternate development area for adult-themed business was both reasonable and constitutional.
National Organization for Marriage, Inc. v. Walsh -- PAC challenge to restrictive statute is ripe, given the likelihood that it would be applied to them; Dissent: no state agency has said that it would apply.
Santana v. Holder -- Second Degree Arson is a crime of violence for immigration purposes; Even if you set fire to your own property, it could spread.
Paskar v. USDOT -- Administrative Law - Agency letter insufficiently final for purposes of appellate review.
Michel Sylvain v. Atty Gen USA -- Immigration authorities retain power to detain those subject to removal after the person in question has been released from custody; Statute saying that the detention must happen "when" released doesn't set a firm deadline.
Josephine Spaulding v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. -- Claim not stated for mortgage fraud: (1) Breach of implied contract; (2) Negligence; (3) State statute; (4) Negligent misrepresentation; (5) Fraud.
R&L Investment Property, L.L.C v. Guy Hamm, et al -- Ratification of promissory note after discovering error in permit means that the purchaser has no fraud claim based on sub-par permitting of site.
Madhwa Raj v. LSU, et al -- Employment claim against a university - sovereign immunity bars most claims; Title VII claim not stated, as nothing in claim to suggest discriminiatory animus.
Frank Teta v. Michelle Chow -- Class actions / bankruptcy - court should consider bankruptcy-related factors (procedural options, cost to estate) when assessing class certification. Remanded because insufficiently explained. CIJ.
USA v. Richard Scruggs -- White collar: Skilling challenge TKO'd, as the crime in question was bribery; pre-Skilling guilty plea doesn't establish sufficient cause for collateral challenge; Sufficient evidence to disprove actual innocence claim; Statute not overbroad enough to chill political speech.
Harold Wallace v. Midwest Fin. & Mortg. Serv. -- Lender's allegedly inflated assessment of property was sufficiently proximate to petitioner's losses that a civil RICO claim is stated; State law conspiracy claims dismissed.
Central States, Southeast and v. Charles Nagy -- Entrepreneur's leasing of property was trade or business sufficient to trigger personal liability for later ERISA shortfall.
Jimmy Smith, Jr. v. Sangamon County Sheriff's Dept -- No S1983 claim based on post-arrest assault committed by inmate detained prior to trial, as no systematic disregard of obvious risks in the jail's sorting system.
Linda White v. Marshall & Ilsley Corporation -- Continuing to offer company stock in the retirement plan during a 54% decrease in price is not a breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA.
(From court website)
111382P.pdf 04/22/2013 United States v. Chevie Kehoe U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 11-1382 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock [PUBLISHED] [Wollman, Author, with Riley, Chief Judge, and Melloy, Circuit Judge] Prisoner case - Habeas. In Young v. Bowersox, 161 F.3d 1159 (8th Cir. 1998), this court rejected the argument that an ineffective assistance counsel claim based on a Batson error should be considered a structural error entitled to a presumption of prejudice and determined that to succeed on such a claim, the petitioner must demonstrate a reasonable probability that the results of the proceeding would have been different; here, in order to succeed on his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, Kehoe must demonstrate that he suffered prejudice as a result of his attorney's actions in striking potential jurors on the basis of their race in violation of Georgia v. McCollum, 505 U.S. 42 (1992), and he failed to do so.
121416P.pdf 04/22/2013 Clarinet v. Essex Insurance Co. U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 12-1416 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis [PUBLISHED] [Riley, Author, with Wollman and Melloy, Circuit Judges] Civil case - Insurance. The district court did not err in determining that coverage was barred under the "owned property exclusion" in the policy.
122613P.pdf 04/22/2013 United States v. David Allen U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 12-2613 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock [PUBLISHED] [Murphy, Author, with Smith and Gruender, Circuit Judges] Criminal case - Criminal law. Probable cause existed to arrest defendant for possession of counterfeit checks, and the search of his car was a lawful search incident to arrest as the officers had reason to believe the vehicle contained evidence of the offense; the luggage stored on the motel luggage cart could be searched as there was a reasonable probability that the evidence on the cart would have been discovered after defendant's arrest during an inventory search.
122796P.pdf 04/22/2013 Rosa Gutierrez v. Eric H. Holder, Jr. U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 12-2796 Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals [PUBLISHED] [Gruender, Author, with Murphy and Smith, Circuit Judges] Petition for Review - Immigration. Petitioner failed to establish that it would have been unreasonable for her to relocate in Columbia as required under the federal regulations outlining the eligibility requirements for withholding of removal - 8 C.F.R. Sec. 1208.16(b)(2) - and the IJ and BIA did not err in finding she was not eligible for withholding of removal; further, proceeding to the merits of her claim, the record showed she had not suffered past persecution which would create a presumption that she has a well-founded fear of future persecution and she had not shown a clear probability of future persecution on a protected ground; no error in denying CAT relief.
123634P.pdf 04/22/2013 John Arnzen, III v. Charles Palmer U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 12-3634 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Sioux City [PUBLISHED] [Arnold, Author, with Bye and Benton, Circuit Judges] Civil case - Civil rights. In action by patients at the Iowa Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders challenging the placement of video cameras in the facility's restrooms, the district court did not err in granting a preliminary injunction ordering that cameras in "traditional style" bathrooms (as opposed to "dormitory style" restrooms) be pointed at the ceiling or covered with a lens cap, as capturing images of patients in single-user restrooms violated the patients' reasonable expectations of privacy.
113860P.pdf 04/19/2013 Juan Martinez Carcamo v. Eric H. Holder, Jr. U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 11-3860 Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals [PUBLISHED] [Riley, Author, with Colloton and Gruender, Circuit Judges] Petition for Review - Immigration. Assuming petitioners' accounts of the ICE officers' conduct are true, any Fourth Amendment violations they suffered were not sufficiently egregious to entitle them to the remedy they seek - exclusion of decisive evidence in their civil removal proceeding; while both the IJ and the BIA erred in their treatment of petitioners' testimony, the errors did not require a remand because they were not prejudicial since they were relevant only to petitioners' Fourth Amendment claims and did not go to the factual finding upon which they were removed - namely, that they are aliens who entered the U.S. without proper admission; the court had no jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1252 over petitioners' claim that the IJ deprived them of due process by failing to shift the burden of proof once they made a prima facie case of a Fourth Amendment violation as they had failed to raise the issue at the administrative level.
123546P.pdf 04/19/2013 Union Electric Company v. AEGIS Energy Syndicate 1225 U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 12-3546 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis [PUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Bye, Arnold and Benton, Circuit Judges] Civil case - Insurance. Endorsement in which the parties agreed to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Missouri entirely supplanted the agreement's mandatory arbitration provision.
ROBERT RADCLIFFE V. EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS
USA V. ROBERTO BUSTOS-OCHOA
USA V. EDDIE MCCLENDON
[Hard to tell from the website which decisions were published and which were unpublished.]
In re: Warren Lee Hill, Jr.
Darwin Gilberto Ruiz-Turcios v. US Attorney General
Owner-Op Indepen Drivers Assoc v. FMCSA
International Brotherhood of Teamsters v. DOT
USA v. Robert Legg
David De Csepel v. Republic of Hungary
LAZARE KAPLAN INTERNATIONAL, I v. PHOTOSCRIBE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. [OPINION]
ASPEX EYEWEAR, INC. v. ZENNI OPTICAL INC. [OPINION]
WIND TOWER TRADE COALITION V. U.S. [ORDER]
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