Tuesday, November 22, 2005
In BARROSO v. GONZALES, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 24845 (9th Cir. Nov. 18, 2005), the Ninth Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Stephen Reinhardt (liberal) , recently joined the chorus of judges, including among others, Judge Richard Posner (conservative), in criticizing the Board of Immigration Appeals, in this case denying the immigrant his choice of counsel. For a discussion of the case, see http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1132580125066, a story entitled "9th Circuit Vents at Immigration Panel" by Justin Scheck, The Recorder (San Francisco), Nov. 2005. Of course, Judge Reinhardt, who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary on the bench, has been tough on the BIA for many years.