Tuesday, December 5, 2006
For the transcript to the oral argument before the Supreme Court today in Gonzales v. Duenas-Alvarez, click here. The question in this case is whether the unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, in violation of the California Vehicle Code, is a deportable "theft offense" under federal immigration law even though the statute covers aiding-and-abetting liability. In the decision below, the Ninth Circuit held that it was not. Dan Himmelfarb, an Assistant to the Solicitor General, argued for the United States. Christopher J. Meade, of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, argued for respondent Duenas-Alvarez.