The Fifth Circuit denied en banc review in the Texas abortion restriction case. As Anderson points out, Judge Dennis dissents eloquently and at length. He also finds many ways to call the panel opinion wrong. Just in the first eight (of 62) pages, there are these snippets:
…the panel opinion flouts the Supreme Court’s decision…
Fireworks between Judge Jolly and attorney David Broussard in the Fifth Circuit oral argument in Thomas Roque v. Natchitoches Parish School Bd.
You can listen to the whole thing
the oral argument recording is online
It has been highlighted by Above the Law.
The case involves an applicant for a school superintendent position. It’s an […]
The record makes manifest that the petitioner passed out search warrants like popsicles in July to a person whom he knew had no legitimate use for them. Common sense strongly suggests that the petitioner—who risked his reputation, his job, and his liberty by conspiring with Fosher—must have received some sort of emolument to make […]
This is the second of three posts about Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal of the denial of relief from his guilty plea to bribery of Judge DeLaughter. Part one is here.
Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal is about the case involving Bobby DeLaughter. The question on appeal is, essentially, whether admittedly corrupt or unethical contact with […]
The eight paragraphs of the Information speak for themselves. So does the silence of the Information.
Concededly, the Superseding Information recites ethically nefarious acts.
-US v. Scruggs, Fifth Circuit reply brief of the Appellant
There’s no particular significance to the quoted first quoted passage, except that the strange poetics of the sentence, “So […]
The Government wins.
Higginbotham wrote the opinion. It has a long statement of facts, including twice stating that Backstrom lied under oath about conversations with Balducci (and, in doing so, accepting Balducci’s account). These statements are not couched in terms of the scope of review but more as factual observation– the court notes that […]
As I write this, Zach Scruggs’s oral argument is finishing up in the en banc courtroom at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, before a panel of Judges Jolly, Higgenbotham, and Dennis.
The Clarion Ledger states that the Daily Journal reported that “some court-watchers say the Fifth Circuit of Appeals is interested […]
Anderson has an account of a Fifth Circuit argument that is stunning.
Having heard a news report, Judge Jerry Smith of the Fifth Circuit concluded that President Obama was saying that the courts could not hold a statute unconstitutional and demanded a Justice Department lawyer answer for this. Not satisfied when the lawyer cited […]
Alan Lange has posted Zach Scruggs’s Brief of Appellant in the Fifth Circuit on YallPolitics. I’ve skimmed a large part but not yet given it a careful read. He devotes the vast majority of its length on Skilling and actual innocence (which certainly is a wise use of pages) but keeps a few pages […]
… 28 year Ass’t US Attorney Stephen Higginson, who has impressive credentials (he’s been doing the US Attorney in New Orleans’s appellate work for a long time, graduated cum laude from Harvard and Yale Law School, was on the law review at Yale, had both Democrat Landrieu and Republican Vitter’s support, etc…).
The Times Picayune […]