July 13, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Morris, 20-30744, appeal from W.D. La. per curiam (Dennis, Higginson, Costa), criminal, search and seizure, sentencing Vacating the district court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to suppress evidence discovered during a consent search, on finding that the defendant had been subject to a stop and that, because the district court … More July 13, 2022, opinions

June 1-3, 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(Still in catch-up mode here, so the opinions designated for publication will get the same brief treatment as the unpublished opinions …) Designated for publication Davis v. Lumpkin, 19-20873, appeal from S.D. Tex. Southwick, J. (Smith, Wiener, Southwick), prisoner suit Affirming in part dismissal of prisoner’s § 1983 action, vacating in part, and remanding. Bertrand … More June 1-3, 2022, opinions

April 8, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication Boch-Saban v. Garland, 20-60540, petition for review of BIA order per curiam (Southwick, Haynes, Higginson), immigration Vacating BIA order dismissing as untimely a Guatemalan citizen’s appeal from an IJ’s order denying as time- and number-barred a motion to reopen and dismiss, and remanding to BIA to consider in the first instance the … More April 8, 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provides more detailed summaries for opinions designated for publication and only basic disposition notes and links for unpublished opinions, because this is a catch-up post after two weeks of being away from the blog, we are just providing the links and basic disposition notes for both published and unpublished … More March 19-31, 2022, opinions

February 2, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Swenson, 20-20509, appeal from S.D. Tex. King, J. (King, Costa, Willett), criminal, sentencing, restitution, sufficiency of evidence Affirming conviction of mail fraud, sentence, and restitution award. The Court held that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction on count of mail fraud (the jury had found defendant not guilty … More February 2, 2022, opinions

February 1, 2022, opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Martinez, 21-30068, appeal from W.D. La. Davis, J. (Davis, Jones, Elrod), criminal, search and seizure Affirming denial of motion to suppress evidence seized from USPS packages; defendant had argued that reasonable suspicion did not exist to detain the packages, and that the 17-day delay between their detention and the search … More February 1, 2022, opinions

August 27, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication U.S. v. Martinez, 20-11016, appeal from N.D. Tex. Costa, J. (Elrod, Southwick, Costa), criminal, sentencing Vacating sentence on conviction for drug conspiracy, and remanding for resentencing under new calculation of amount of money involved. Defendant owned a tobacco shop, and various drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the back of his … More August 27, 2021 opinions

August 18, 2021 opinions

Unpublished U.S. v. Mafo, 20-11090, appeal from N.D. Tex. per curiam (Southwick, Oldham, Wilson), criminal, restitution Affirming restitution award of $1,999,083 as part of sentence on guilty-plea conviction of wire fraud. U.S. v. Pineda, 20-40664, appeal from E.D. Tex. per curiam (Smith, Stewart, Graves), criminal, compassionate release Affirming district court’s denial of motion for compassionate … More August 18, 2021 opinions