United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 Federal courthouse
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The district operates out of courthouses in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis and Hannibal, Missouri. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Article III judges
|Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.||1952 in||Cape Girardeau, MO||W. Bush||8/1/2008 - Present||Donald Stohr||Southern Methodist U., B.A., 1973||Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Carol Jackson||1952||St. Louis, MO||H.W. Bush||8/17/1992-Present||2002-2009||William Hungate||Wellesley College, 1973||University of Michigan Law School, 1976|
|Chief Judge Catherine Perry||1952||Hobart, OK||10/07/1994-Present||2009-Present||Clyde Cahill||University of Oklahoma, 1977||Washington University School of Law, 1980|
|Judge Rodney Sippel||1956||Jefferson City, MO||Clinton||11/12/1997 - Present||Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.||University of Tulsa, B.S., 1978||Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1981|
|Judge Henry Autrey||1952||Mobile, AL||W. Bush||8/2/2002 - Present||George Gunn||St. Louis U., B.S., 1974||St. Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Judge Audrey Fleissig||1955||St. Louis, MO||Obama||6/9/2010 - Present||E. Richard Webber||Carleton College, B.A., 1976||Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Brian C. Wimes||1966||Kansas City, MO||Obama||4/23/2012 - Present||Nanette Laughrey||University of Kansas, B.G.S., 1990||Texas Southern U., J.D., 1994|
|Judge John A. Ross||1954||St. Louis, MO||Obama||10/11/2011 - Present||Charles Shaw||Emory U., B.A., 1976||Emory U. School of Law, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Ronnie L. White||1953||St. Louis, Missouri||Obama||7/16/2014-Present||Jean Hamilton||St. Louis University, 1979||University of Missouri-Kansas City Law, 1983|
Active Article III judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Judge Jean Hamilton||H.W. Bush||10/1/1990-7/1/2013||1995-2002||7/1/2013-Present||Wellesley College, 1968||Washington University School of Law, 1971|
|Senior Judge Charles Shaw (Missouri)||Clinton||11/22/1993 - 12/31/2009||12/31/2009 - Present||Harris Stowe State College, B.A., 1966||University of Missouri-Columbia, M.B.A., 1971|
|Senior Judge E. Richard Webber||Clinton||12/26/1995 - 6/30/2009||6/30/2009 - Present||University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., 1964||University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1967|
|Senior Judge Edward Filippine||Carter||7/22/1977 - 6/11/1995||1990 - 1995||6/11/1995 - Present||Saint Louis U., A.B., 1951||Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1957|
|Senior Judge Donald Stohr||H.W. Bush||4/13/1992 - 12/31/2006||12/31/2006 - Present||Saint Louis U. School, B.S., 1956||Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1958|
|Senior Judge Nanette Laughrey||Clinton||08/01/1996 - 08/27/2011||08/27/2011 - Present||University of California, Los Angeles, 1967||University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1975|
Senior judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Magistrate Judge Nannette Baker||11/2020 - Present||University of Tennessee, B.S.||St. Louis U., J.D.|
|Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert III||2/1/1995-Present||University of Dayton||St. Mary's U.|
|Magistrate Judge David D. Noce||1976 - Present||St. Louis U., A.B.||University of Missouri Law, J.D., 1969|
|Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman||Current||St. Louis U., J.D., 1970|
|Magistrate Judge Shirley Mensah||09/10/2012 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Abbie S. Crites-Leoni||3/1/2014 - Present||Southeast Missouri State University, B.A.||Southern Illinois U., J.D.|
|Magistrate Judge Noelle C. Collins||12/1/2013 - Present||Northwestern U., B.S., 1993||University of Illinois Law, J.D., 2001|
The Eastern District of Missouri has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are three court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Eastern Division, covering Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Phelps, Saint Charles, Saint Francois, Sainte Genevieve, Saint Louis, Warren and Washington counties, as well as the City of St. Louis.
The Southeastern Division, covering Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne counties.
|Federal Court Caseload Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Eastern District of Missouri-Justia.com-Dockets and Filings.
|• NuvaRing settlement (2014)||Click for summary→|
|In February 2014, Judge Rodney Sippel approved a $100 million class settlement over the use of NuvaRing, a birth-control device that sometimes led to injurious side effects, including death. Merck, the maker of the device, would have been able to negotiate a new settlement if less than 95 percent of claimants opted in. The 95 percent threshold was reached in June 2014, and the settlement was finalized between the parties.
|• City not liable for failed factory plans (2014)||Click for summary→|
|In February 2014, Judge Nanette Laughrey found that the City of Moberly, Missouri, by way of sovereign immunity, was not liable for any bond losses caused by the unsuccessful launch of the Mamtek International Ltd. factory grounds.
| • Inmate's execution temporarily halted following questions over clemency letter (2014)|
Judge(s):Catherine Perry (U.S. v. Winfield)
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|On June 12, 2014, Judge Catherine Perry stayed the execution of John Winfield, citing the possible intimidation of a prison worker who was supposed to write a letter in support of clemency on Winfield's behalf, but ultimately decided not to do so.
The Missouri Attorney General's Office appealed Judge Perry's stay, and it was later lifted by the Eighth Circuit. Winfield's attorneys then appealed their client's case to the Supreme Court, but it refused to issue a further stay. Governor Jay Nixon denied Winfield clemency, and the inmate was put to death on the day his execution was originally scheduled.
| • Bogus jailhouse lawyer (2010)|
Judge(s):Catherine Perry (USA v. Tedrick, 4:09-cr-00476-CDP)
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|Judge Perry was the presiding judge in the trial of Jeffrey Tedrick. Tedrick was sentenced by Judge Perry to four years in prison on February 16, 2010, for his role in defrauding people by acting as a jailhouse lawyer. The judge's sentence was doubled over the federal sentencing guidelines, which called for a twenty-one- to twenty-seven-month sentence.|
Congress established the State of Missouri as one judicial district on March 16, 1822, with one post to cover the entire state. The district court in Missouri was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and therefore was granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals or writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.
On March 3, 1837, following Statute 5 Stat. 176, Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the district court of Missouri. Missouri was assigned to the Eighth Circuit, and the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Missouri was created. On March 3, 1857, Statute 11 Stat. 197 divided the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Missouri into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern and the Western. One judgeship was authorized to each district, and the district judge who served the District of Missouri was assigned to serve the Western District of Missouri.
Over time, seven additional judicial posts were added for a total of nine current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Missouri:
|March 16, 1822||3 Stat. 653||1|
|March 3, 1857||11 Stat. 197||2|
|September 14, 1922||42 Stat. 838||3 (1 temporary)|
|August 19, 1935||49 Stat. 659||3|
|June 22, 1936||49 Stat. 1804||4|
|December 24, 1942||56 Stat. 1083||5(1 temporary)|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||5|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||6|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||7|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||8|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||9|
Former chief judges
In order to qualify for the office of chief judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy in the office of chief judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a chief judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.
For information on judges of the Eastern District of Missouri, see former federal judges of the Eastern District of Missouri.
Three separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Missouri.
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, "Official Website"
- Eastern District of Missouri, "Published Opinions"
- United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, "Official Website"
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, "U.S. Attorneys Listing," accessed on July 9, 2014
- Los Angeles Times, "Federal judge stays scheduled execution for Missouri killer," June 12, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "University City man is executed for two murders," June 18, 2014
- Courthouse News Service, "Bogus Jailhouse Lawyer Sent to Prison," February 16, 2010
- Federal Judicial Center, "History of the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Missouri," accessed on July 9, 2014
- United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
|Magistrate judges||Nannette Baker • Thomas Mummert III • David D. Noce • Terry I. Adelman • Shirley Mensah • Abbie S. Crites-Leoni • Noelle C. Collins •|
|Former Article III judges||
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. • John Nangle • Samuel Treat • Elmer Bragg Adams • Henry Samuel Priest • Amos Madden Thayer • David Patterson Dyer • Gustavus Adolphus Finkelnburg • Charles Breckenridge Faris • Roy Winfield Harper • Charles B. Davis • George Moore (Missouri) • John Collet • William Webster • Clyde Cahill • William Collinson • Richard Duncan (Missouri) • Joseph Stevens • Harris Wangelin • George Gunn • Rubey Hulen • William Hungate • James Meredith • John Regan • Randolph Weber •
|Former Chief judges|