U.S. Eighth Circuit
University of Iowa Officials Not Given Qualified Immunity After Deregistering Christian Student Group
Religious freedom under the First Amendment and qualified immunity are both common issues for federal appellate courts to resolve these days. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took on both in a case involving the University of Iowa's deregistration of certain religious student groups. The university deregistered the groups after concerns arose regarding their views on LGBTQ+ relationships. Religious Freedom or Violation of University's Human Rights Policy?Read more about "University of Iowa Officials Not Given Qualified Immunity After Deregistering Christian Student Group"
8th Circuit: Officer Who Tear Gassed Reporters at Ferguson Protest Not Entitled to Qualified Immunity
Ash-har Quraishi, Marla Cichowski, and Sam Winslade, reporters from Al Jazeera America news network, turned on their camera at 9:24 pm on August 9, 2014, to record a live broadcast covering the protests that followed the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But instead of a live update on the protests, the camera ended up recording footage of the reporters being tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets by St. Charles County police officers.Read more about "8th Circuit: Officer Who Tear Gassed Reporters at Ferguson Protest Not Entitled to Qualified Immunity"
Professors Challenging University of Arkansas Tenure Policy Have to Wait Until They've Actually Suffered
Faculty in the University of Arkansas system don't have standing to challenge new tenure policies until someone actually loses their job - according to recent decisions in the 8th Circuit. Professors from three University of Arkansas campuses - UA Little Rock, UA Monticello, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - claim that changes made last year to the university system's promotion, review, and tenure policies "limit academic freedom.Read more about "Professors Challenging University of Arkansas Tenure Policy Have to Wait Until They've Actually Suffered"
Noncitizens Who Attain Temporary Protected Status Are Legally Admitted, Eighth Circuit Says
Foreign nationals who arrive in the United States illegally but later attain temporary protected status are considered legally admitted for the purposes of getting a green card, according to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision handed down this week could be good news for TPS beneficiaries who feared deportation when President Donald Trump announced he planned to remove certain countries from the program.Read more about "Noncitizens Who Attain Temporary Protected Status Are Legally Admitted, Eighth Circuit Says"
Voter Advocacy Groups Sue to Keep Private Military Personnel Away From MN Polling Places
Editor's Note: This post has been updated with new information regarding the result of Attorney General Ellison's investigation. Last update: October 30, 2020. The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota (CAIR-MN) and the League of Women Voters of Minnesota filed suit earlier this month in federal court to prevent a private security company from deploying armed ex-soldiers to polling places in the state.Read more about "Voter Advocacy Groups Sue to Keep Private Military Personnel Away From MN Polling Places"
8th Circuit: Judge Telling Defendant That Federal System “Sucks" Was Plain Error
Trial court judges are meant to stay neutral. They do this with varying degrees of success. A judge can sometimes sway a jury, even inadvertently, based on body language and demeanor. Usually, this isn't grounds for vacating a conviction or getting a new trial. But one thing a judge is clearly not supposed to do is blatantly tell a defendant whether a plea deal is good or not.Read more about "8th Circuit: Judge Telling Defendant That Federal System “Sucks" Was Plain Error"
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