Thoughts About United States v. Texas

April 18, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument earlier today in United States v. Texas, No. 15-674. Texas and 25 other states sued the federal government to prevent the implementation of deferred-action regarding certain undocumented immigrants.

Lyle Denniston has an excellent overview of the case and the oral argument in Oral Argument: Search for a Fifth Vote on Immigration at SCOTUSblog. And, of course, Nina Totenberg is always worth reading and listening to; her piece, with a byline shared with Eyder Peralta for NPR, is On Obama’s Immigration Actions, Supreme Court Seems Sharply Divided.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The judge who heard the case, Andrew Hanen, was tailor-made

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July 18, 2015

Thirty or so years ago I was defending the teenage driver in accident case. Big damage case, with inadequate insurance to compensate the injured parties.

Counsel for one of the suing parties wanted more than the total policy limit. “Bob,” I recall asking, “You do know you want more than I’ve got, and there are two more injured parties?” And I’ve never forgotten his response: “I do, and I may only get a portion of the limit. But I have a $1m plus case here, and the longer I see it that way, the closer I’ll come to that number.”

Bob’s client only got a share of the total limit. But he was a great attorney, and often got amazing

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