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Activists’ case on constitutionality of ‘ag-gag’ law advances

A federal judge has decided not to toss out a lawsuit about the constitutionality of Iowa’s 6-year-old “agricultural production facility fraud” statute, meaning the issue will very likely go to trial next year. Federal District Court Judge James E. Gritzner, in a 38-page opinion, on Feb. 27 denied the crux of a motion to dismiss… Continue Reading

8th Circuit denies rehearing; DeCosters must serve jail time

It looks like Austin “Jack” DeCoster and son Peter DeCoster will both be wintering at the federal prison in Yankton, SD. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied petitions from the DeCosters who were both seeking a rehearing en banc or a rehearing by a three-judge panel. Only Chief Judge William Jay Riley and Judges… Continue Reading

Government gets extra time to respond on DeCosters’ rehearing

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wants the government to have sufficient time to respond before it decides whether to grant a rehearing on the jail sentences for 82-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his 53-year-old son Peter DeCoster, the egg men implicated in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in 2010. Once the U.S. Department of Justice’s… Continue Reading

Odds could favor DeCosters’ desire for review of egg sentence

As legal experts were predicting, the appellant attorney for Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster got a deadline extension in his quest to obtain another review of the pair’s sentences in a case about the 2010 Salmonella outbreak linked to their eggs. Attorney Peter Keisler of the Washington D.C. firm of Sidley & Austin is representing… Continue Reading

Halal appeals get meaty; federal court jurisdiction challenged

When it went through the trial court, the case just seemed like a switch-a-roo scheme that got busted. But now, a consolidated appeal with oral arguments planned is sparking  broader interest because it’s become a question about the jurisdiction of federal courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has allowed the federal government… Continue Reading

Written Arguments Submitted in DeCoster Appeal of Jail Time

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis has received the final reply brief filed on behalf of Austin (Jack) DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, by their legal team led by Peter D. Keisler. Keisler and his colleagues from the prominent Washington, D.C., law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, are… Continue Reading