Take the Fifth: Oct. 5, 2020 opinions

Empower Texans, Inc. v. Geren, 19-50557, appeal from W.D. Tex., designated for publication Southwick, J. (Elrod, Southwick, Haynes), mootness Vacating District Court’s dismissal of suit on grounds of legislative immunity, holding the suit to be moot, and remanding with instructions to dismiss as moot. Plaintiffs had filed suit against the Chairman of the Committee on … More Take the Fifth: Oct. 5, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Oct. 1, 2020 opinions

U.S. v. Crittenden, 18-50635, unpublished per curiam (Dennis, Elrod, Costa), criminal, sufficiency of evidence District Court had granted new trial to defendant convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines. Fifth Circuit panel withdrew its prior majority and dissenting opinions; and remanded to the District Court to clarify whether it had held that there was … More Take the Fifth: Oct. 1, 2020 opinions

Take the Fifth: Sept. 30, 2020 opinions

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans v. Hughs, 20-40643, Designated for Publication per curiam (Clement, Elrod, Haynes), elections law Staying district court’s preliminary injunction of enforcement of Texas House Bill 25, which would eliminate straight-ticket voting. HB25’s straight-ticket voting ban became effective September 1, 2020; District Court enjoined HB25 on September 25; early voting in Texas … More Take the Fifth: Sept. 30, 2020 opinions