June 13-15, 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(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication U.S. v. Hamilton, 20-20645, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Higginson, Willett, Ho), criminal, sentencing, sufficiency of evidence Affirming conviction of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, in violation of 18 … More June 13-15, 2022, opinions

April 1, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Defense Distributed v. Bruck, 21-50327, appeal from W.D. Tex. Jones, J. (Jones, Elrod, Higginson), Higginson, J., dissenting; mandamus, First Amendment, venue transfer, severance Granting mandamus ordering the district court to request retransfer back to it of a claim against the New Jersey Attorney General (“NJAG”) that it has severed from a larger … More April 1, 2022, opinions

March 19-31, 2022, opinions

(Note: While normally Take the Fifth provides more detailed summaries for opinions designated for publication and only basic disposition notes and links for unpublished opinions, because this is a catch-up post after two weeks of being away from the blog, we are just providing the links and basic disposition notes for both published and unpublished … More March 19-31, 2022, opinions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 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

December 15, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Timpa v. Dillard, 20-10876, appeal from N.D. Tex. Clement, J. (Clement, Southwick, Willett), qualified immunity Reversing summary judgment on qualified immunity as to plaintiffs’ claims of excessive force, and affirming in part and reversing in part the qualified immunity summary judgment on claims of bystander liability, arising from Dallas Police Department’s killing … More December 15, 2021, opinions

November 1, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Davis, 20-30593, appeal from E.D. La. King, J. (King, Smith, Haynes), criminal Affirming denial of defendant’s motion for certificate of innocence, which she filed after the Court’s reversal of her convictions for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud and after she had been incarcerated for approximately … More November 1, 2021, opinions

October 26, 2021, opinions

Designated for publication Mandawala v. Northeast Baptist Hospital, 20-50981, appeal from W.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Jones, Smith, Haynes), Haynes, J., concurring in judgment only; discrimination, recusal Affirming dismissal of pro se plaintiff’s claims against school, arising from failure of classes, for racial discrimination, First Amendment retaliation, loss of procedural due process, defamation, and intentional infliction … More October 26, 2021, opinions

September 10, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Barilla v. City of Houston, 20-20535, appeal from S.D. Tex. Higginson, J. (Owen, Clement, Higginson), First Amendment, standing Reversing district court’s dismissal on grounds of lack of standing of First Amendment suit by plaintiff, an accordionist and would-be busker, challenging Houston ordinances that restrict busking. Plaintiff alleges “that but for the Busking … More September 10, 2021 opinions

August 19, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, 17-51060, appeal from W.D. Tex. En banc (Owen, Jones, Smith, Stewart, Dennis, Elrod, Haynes, Graves, Higginson, Costa, Willett, Ho, Engelhardt, Wilson) (recused: Southwick, Duncan, Oldham) Elrod and Willett, JJ., plurality (joined by Jones, Smith, Ho, Engelhardt, Wilson in full; concurred in judgment only by Owen and Haynes); … More August 19, 2021 opinions