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Nsimba v. Att'y Gen.

The Third Circuit reversed a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals which had affirmed an immigration judge's denial of the petitioner's application for asylum. In affirming that decision, the BIA misapplied and misinterpreted controlling precedent and imposed requirements on those seeking relief that would require petitioners to first endure…

Nsimba v. Att’y Gen.
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit reversed a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals which had affirmed an immigration judge’s denial of the petitioner’s application for asylum. In affirming that decision, the BIA misapplied and misinterpreted controlling precedent and imposed requirements on those seeking relief that would require petitioners to first endure torture or arrest. In his… Continue reading Nsimba v. Att’y Gen.

United States v. Taylor
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s convictions and remanded for a new trial because the defendant sought to proceed pro se and the District Court did not conduct a sufficiently penetrating inquiry to satisfy itself that that the defendant could waive his right to counsel. The Third Circuit noted that the defendant was “difficult” and… Continue reading United States v. Taylor

United States v. Taylor
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s convictions and remanded for a new trial because the defendant sought to proceed pro se and the District Court did not conduct a sufficiently penetrating inquiry to satisfy itself that that the defendant could waive his right to counsel. The Third Circuit noted that the defendant was “difficult” and… Continue reading United States v. Taylor

Yasin v. Att’y Gen.
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to review the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) decision whether to waive a statute of limitations period and consider a motion to reopen removal proceedings. Yasin, a citizen and native of Pakistan, entered the United States over two decades ago. In 2002, he became subject… Continue reading Yasin v. Att’y Gen.

Jefferson v. Lias
3rd Circuit

After a high-speed chase, a police officer shot the fleeing motorist. That motorist filed a Section 1983 action against the police officer for violating his Fourth Amendment rights and a Monell claim against the municipality that employed the officer for failure to adequately train. The District Court determined that the officer was entitled to qualified… Continue reading Jefferson v. Lias

United States v. Jacobs
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit affirmed the defendant’s convictions but vacated the sentence for distributing and conspiring to distribute fentanyl and heroin that caused someone’s overdose death. The defendant made claims about the sufficiency of the evidence, the jury instructions, the jury panel, and the sentence. First, in challenges to the sufficiency of the evidence, the Court… Continue reading United States v. Jacobs

Maple v. Superintendant SCI Albion
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit reversed the District Court’s grant of habeas relief. The defendant filed a habeas corpus petition and argued that the police had violated his Miranda rights by getting confessions that tainted the trial. The District Court agreed, and the Third circuit reversed, ruling that the case against the defendant “was very strong. Even… Continue reading Maple v. Superintendant SCI Albion

Chavez-Chalil v. Att’y Gen.
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit denied Chavez-Chalil’s petition for review of the denial of her applications for asylum and withholding of removal. The Third Circuit denied the petition for two reasons. First, the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to include the date and time of her hearing in its Notice to Appear did not require termination of… Continue reading Chavez-Chalil v. Att’y Gen.

United States v. Vastardis
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit returned to the high seas when it held that, though the defendant could not be convicted in a U.S. Court for crimes occurring in international water, the crimes here occurred in U.S. waters. Thus, the Court affirmed the defendant’s convictions. The United States requires ocean-going tank vessels to maintain an “oil record… Continue reading United States v. Vastardis

PG Publishing v. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of PG Publishing’s complaint to vacate a labor arbitration award. The complaint invoked the Labor Management Relations Act (“LMRA”) and the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”). PG argued that even if it filed its complaint outside of the applicable limitations period for an LMRA action, it filed within… Continue reading PG Publishing v. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh