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

June 25, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Doe v. Mckesson, 17-30864, appeal from M.D. La. per curiam (Jolly, Elrod, Willett), Elrod, J., concurring; negligence On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the panel certified questions to the Louisiana Supreme Court. In this suit, the plaintiff police officer had sued the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton … More June 25, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 29, 2021 opinions

Unpublished Heidari v. Barr, 18-60543, petition for review of BIA order per curiam (Owen, Barksdale, Duncan), immigration Dismissing Iranian citizen’s petition to review BIA order affirming an Immigration Judge’s (IJ) denying a motion to reopen removal proceedings for deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture. U.S. v. Geske, 19-11334, appeal from N.D. Tex. per … More Take the Fifth: April 29, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 22, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Aguirre v. City of San Antonio, 17-51031, appeal from W.D. Tex. Dennis, J. (Jolly, Dennis, Higginson), Jolly, J., concurring; Higginson, J., concurring; excessive force, qualified immunity, municipal liability Vacating summary judgment on qualified immunity grounds as to claims against officer defendants for holding arrestee in hog-tied, “maximum restraint” position for five and … More Take the Fifth: April 22, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: April 12, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Hutcheson v. Dallas County, Texas, 20-10383, appeal from N.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Dennis), excessive force, qualified immunity Affirming summary judgment dismissal of plaintiffs’ excessive force and failure to train claims on qualified immunity grounds, in claims arising from officers’ restraint of victim at county jail as victim was actively resisting … More Take the Fifth: April 12, 2021 opinions