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8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Still time for the 9th and 10th justice to weigh in on DeCoster appeal

Getting your case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court is a lot like winning an Academy Award for your latest movie.  You need to take advantage of any time you have and then go about creating “a buzz” just ahead of the voting. Whether Austin “Jack” DeCoster, son Peter DeCoster, and their prestigious legal team… Continue Reading

Farmers and ranchers get their privacy back

Privacy was the winner in a Court of Appeals case a few days ago in the 8th U.S. Circuit with a unanimous ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel ruled against EPA’s practice of collecting private information from farmers and ranchers and then turning it over to environmental activists and others who request it through the Freedom… Continue Reading

A question of the Secretary of Agriculture’s jurisdiction

After an Iowa  jury found the founder of Midamar Corp. guilty of a scheme to falsify documents behind certain Halal beef shipments several years ago, others involved “plead out.” But Midamar and Jalel Aossey, who had to step down as head of  the closely-held family corporation, are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the… Continue Reading

Judges grill both sides in DeCosters’ egg sentence appeal

Two of three judges hearing appeals of the jail sentences handed down to Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster sounded uncomfortable yesterday with the concept of sending corporate officials to prison for a so-called strict liability case. Lawyers were left arguing whether “this case is that case” or whether, as Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney… Continue Reading

Top Appellate Lawyer Will Try and Keep the DeCosters From Going to Jail

Whether Austin “Jack” and Peter DeCoster can be jailed under Park Doctrine prosecutions — meaning where the government did not have to show they had any knowledge or intent, let alone negligence, regarding food safety infractions involving their businesses — will get a big test starting Monday in St. Louis. The opening briefs from the defendant appellants… Continue Reading