June 7-12, 2022, opinions

(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication Crittindon v. LeBlanc, 20-30304, appeal from M.D. La. Higginbotham, J. (Higginbotham, Costa, Oldham), Oldham, J., dissenting; qualified immunity Affirming in part and reversing in part denial of qualified immunity for … More June 7-12, 2022, opinions

May 11, 2022, opinions

Catching up on the blog after some non-stop over-drive briefing weeks, so both published and unpublished opinions will only contain summary disposition information and not the usual fuller descriptions. Designated for publication Badgerow v. Walters, 19-30766, appeal from E.D. La. per curiam (Jolly, Graves, Duncan), arbitration On remand from U.S. Supreme Court, reversing district court’s … More May 11, 2022, opinions

May 2-3, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. All American Check Cashing, Inc., 18-60302, appeal from S.D. Miss. per curiam (Richman, Higginbotham, Jones, Smith, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Southwick, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, Wilson); Jones, J., concurring (joined by Elrod, Duncan, Engelhardt, Oldham, JJ.); Oldham, J., concurring in judgment (joined by Engelhardt, … More May 2-3, 2022, opinions

April 21, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Perez-Espinoza, 20-40769, appeal from S.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Davis, Willett, Oldham), criminal, sentencing Affirming sentence, holding that orally pronounced supervised-release term that defendant would have to report to U.S. Probation Office within 72 hours of return to U.S. was not materially different from written term that he would have to … More April 21, 2022, opinions

April 13-14, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Foster v. Warden, 20-10841, appeal from N.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Dennis, Southwick, Wilson), mootness Vacating dismissal on mootness grounds of former military prisoner’s suit regarding the constitutionality of term of supervised release he had been found to have violated, and remanding to district court for determination of whether post-imprisonment effect on eligibility … More April 13-14, 2022, opinions

March 14-18, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Castro, 18-10137, appeal from N.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Ho, Oldham, Wilson), habeas corpus Denying petition for rehearing, but withdrawing prior panel opinion and substituting new opinion that vacates Certificate of Appealability and dismisses appeal from denial of § 2255 petition. The Court held that it had the power to vacate … More March 14-18, 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

February 4-7, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Bates, 19-10813, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (King, Graves, Willett), criminal, sentencing, Armed Career Criminals Act On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, vacating and remanding for resentencing. The Court held that, under Borden v. United States, 141 S. Ct. 1817 (2021), the Texas crime of assault of a … More February 4-7, 2022, opinions

October 21-25, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Ghedi v. Mayorkas, 20-10995, appeal from N.D. Tex. Willett, J. (Stewart, Costa, Willett), Fourth Amendment, Administrative Procedures Act Affirming dismissal of plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment and APA claims against various federal officials in their official capacities arising from being subjected to air travel restrictions and inconveniences. While the Court disagreed with the district … More October 21-25, 2021, opinions

October 11, 2021 opinions

Unpublished Bruno v. Ford, 21-20204, appeal from S.D. Tex. per curiam (Davis, Jones, Elrod), Fair Labor Standards Act Vacating district court’s summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s FLSA claims, and remanding for further proceedings. U.S. v. Pontefract, 21-30032, appeal from W.D. La. per curiam (Smith, Higginson, Willett), habeas corpus Denying certificate of appealability, and affirming district court’s … More October 11, 2021 opinions