Take the Fifth: Jan. 15, 2021 opinions


  • U.S. v. Lott, 19-20726, appeal from S.D. Tex.
    • per curiam (Clement, Higginson, Engelhardt), criminal, sentencing
    • Affirming conviction and 60-month sentence for bank fraud.
  • Hoffman v. Furr, 19-40913, appeal from S.D. Tex.
    • per curiam (Barksdale, Graves, Oldham), prisoner suit
    • Affirming dismissal of prisoner suit arising from administration of insulin to plaintiff, and issuing strike for frivolous appeal.
  • U.S. v. Derrow, 19-40963, appeal from E.D. Tex.
    • per curiam (Stewart, Graves, Higginson), criminal, compassionate release, mootness
    • Dismissing appeal of compassionate release order as moot, as the district court’s revision of 480-month sentence into release from prison for time-served and a 17-year supervised release left no relief for defendant to gain by way of compassionate release.
  • U.S. v. Slider, 20-10194, appeal from N.D. Tex.
    • per curiam (Haynes, Willett, Ho), criminal, sentencing
    • Affirming sentence of 188 months’ imprisonment following defendant’s guilty plea conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
  • Gomez-Lara v. Rosen, 20-60458, petition for review of BIA order
    • per curiam (Barksdale, Southwick, Graves), immigration
    • Dismissing in part and denying in part Honduran citizen’s petition for review of BIA order dismissing her appeal from an IJ’s denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture.