Take the Fifth: March 17, 2021 opinions

Unpublished Serrano v. Crawford-McClure, 19-50856, appeal from W.D. Tex. per curiam (Clement, Higginson, Engelhardt), prisoner suit Affirming district court’s dismissal of prisoner’s § 1983 claim relating to collateral attack on conviction, for failure to state a cognizable § 1983 claim. Grayer v. Couey, 19-60685, appeal from S.D. Miss. per curiam (Clement, Higginson, Engelhardt), prisoner suit, … More Take the Fifth: March 17, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 4, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Clark, 19-10186, appeal from N.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Higginbotham, Costa, Oldham), criminal, garnishment Affirming district court’s garnishment order on defendant’s brokerage account and IRA account funds, as not being “income” necessary to comply with child support orders. After examining the distinction between “income” and “assets,” the Court held that “the … More Take the Fifth: March 4, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: March 3, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Johnson, 19-30921, appeal from W.D. La. Dennis, J. (Dennis, Higginson, Willett), criminal, sufficiency of evidence, due process, sentencing Affirming convictions of co-defendants for the armed robbery of two banks and one credit union and with related firearms offenses and sentences of 498 months for one defendant and 339 months for … More Take the Fifth: March 3, 2021 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 21-24 opinions

Designated for publication Taylor v. Stevens, 17-10253, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Owen, Jones, Smith), qualified immunity, § 1983, Eighth Amendment On remand from the Supreme Court, vacating its earlier decision reversing in part and remanding dismissal of Eighth Amendment conditions-of-confinement claims on qualified immunity grounds, and remanding case in its entirety. Texas v. … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 21-24 opinions

Take the Fifth: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Jones v. New Orleans Regional Physician Hospital Organization, Inc., 19-31027, appeal from E.D. La. Jones, J. (Higginbotham, Jones, Higginson), Fair Labor Standards Act Affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant employer, dismissing white-collar employees’ claims for violation of the FLSA. The Court rejected plaintiffs’ argument that their job duties did not fall … More Take the Fifth: Dec. 4, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 25, 2020 opinions

Unpublished Leyva v. Barr, 17-60686, petition for review of BIA order per curiam (Owen, Jones, Stewart), immigration Affirming decision of BIA dismissing appeal of IJ decision ordering removal and denying motion to reopen. Scott v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 19-40923, appeal from E.D. Tex. per curiam (Higginbotham, Jones, Costa), prisoner suit, frivolous Affirming dismissal … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 25, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 24, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Smith v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 19-20818, appeal from S.D. Tex. Smith, J. (Higginbotham, Smith, Dennis), defamation Affirming summary judgment in favor of Wal-Mart on plaintiff’s defamation claim for being misidentified as a shoplifter by a Wal-Mart employee. Court held that, under standard necessary to overcome the qualified privilege under Texas law that … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 24, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 19 and 20, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication Joseph v. Bartlett, 19-30014, appeal from E.D. La. Willett, J. (Elrod, Willett, Oldham), Oldham, J., concurring; excessive force, qualified immunity Affirming district court’s denial of qualified immunity-based summary judgment in favor of two defendant officers who repeatedly tased and struck a young man (who subsequently died), reversing the district court’s qualified immunity … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 19 and 20, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Nov. 13, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Batiste, 19-30927, appeal from E.D. La. Engelhardt, J., (Graves, Costa, Engelhardt), criminal, sentencing, First Step Act Affirming in part sentence of imprisonment and denial of sentence-reduction under the First Step Act, but remanding in part the portion of the sentence regarding the term of supervised release for the district court … More Take the Fifth: Nov. 13, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Oct. 27, 2020 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Ramirez, 19-20098, appeal from S.D. Tex. Oldham, J. (Smith, Clement, Oldham), criminal, sentencing Affirming the district court’s sentencing of defendant to 300 months’ imprisonment for health care fraud. Court held that there was no error in district court’s reliance on presentencing report to impose a 26-point adjustment to defendant’s sentencing … More Take the Fifth: Oct. 27, 2020 opinions