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Beard Update

By Ryan Leemkuil Last month, the Eighth Circuit rejected Arkansas inmate Christopher Deaton’s request to grow a full-length beard for religious reasons.  As we noted then, Judge Colloton dissented, arguing that the panel should wait for the Supreme Court’s decision in...

When should an inferior court just sit tight?

By Ryan Koopmans That was the main question yesterday in Deaton v. Arkansas Department of Correction. Arkansas prisoner Christopher Deaton wants to grow a full-length beard for religious reasons, but prison policy doesn’t allow it because of safety concerns....

Judge Colloton warns of Twombly and Iqbal embellishment

By Ryan Koopmans Twombly and Iqbal aligned the case law with the Federal Rules’ pleading standards, they didn’t change them (nor could they).  That was Judge Colloton’s message last week in Horras v. American Capital Strategies, Ltd., an Iowa case...