July 14, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Fairchild v. Coryell County, 20-50237, appeal from W.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Jolly, Southwick, Costa), excessive force, qualified immunity Reversing summary judgment in favor of jailer defendants and county on plaintiffs’ excessive force claims arising from the jailers’ forceful pinning of a pretrial detainee to the floor of her cell until she died, … More July 14, 2022, opinions

March 10-11, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Fakhuri v. Garland, 19-60275, petition for review of BIA order Smith, J. (Smith, Costa, Wilson), immigration Denying in part and dismissing in part Jordanian citizen’s (and legal permanent resident’s) petition for review of BIA order sustaining IJ’s determination that Tennessee conviction of money laundering was an “aggravated felony” supporting removal, on basis … More March 10-11, 2022, opinions

March 7-8, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Sheperd, 19-20073, appeal from S.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Smith, Willett, Duncan), criminal, Sixth Amendment, ineffective assistance of counsel Remanding to district court to hold evidentiary hearing on whether defendant’s pretrial counsel’s conflict of interest adversely affected her right to representation. From Judge Willett’s comprehensive introduction: “‘The Sixth Amendment is the … More March 7-8, 2022, opinions

March 1-4, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Collins v. Yellen, 17-20364, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (joined by Owen, Jones, Smith, Elrod, Southwick, Higginson, Willett, Ho, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson, JJ.); Haynes, J., dissenting, joined by Stewart, Dennis, Graves, Costa, JJ.); separation of powers After partial vacatur and remand by U.S. Supreme Court of en banc decision at … More March 1-4, 2022, opinions

January 24-25, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Garrett, 17-10516, appeal from N.D. Tex. Jolly, J. (Jolly, Jones, Southwick), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminal Act On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, reinstating prior judgment reversing imposition of a lesser sentence not enhanced under the ACCA and remanding for resentencing. The panel had previously held that a prior … More January 24-25, 2022, opinions

December 7, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Dean v. Seidel, 21-10468, appeal from N.D. Tex. Wiener, J. (Wiener, Graves, Ho), bankruptcy Dismissing for lack of bankruptcy standing a debtor’s objection to a litigation funding arrangement entered into by a trustee and a creditor. The trustee of the debtor’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy estate did not have sufficient unencumbered funds to … More December 7, 2021, opinions

August 31, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication HTC Corp. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, 19-40566 c/w 19-40643, appeal from E.D. Tex. Elrod, J. (Jones, Elrod, Higginson), Higginson, J., concurring; breach of contract [Take the Fifth is dealing with Hurricane Ida response issues right now, so will lean heavily on the judges’ introductory paragraphs to get you the gist of these … More August 31, 2021 opinions