Thursday, April 30, 2015
In "Argument analysis: The easy way or the hard way to decide an untimely immigration appeal?," Steve Vladeck on SCOTUSBlog summarizes the oral arguments in Mata v. Lynch. As Vladeck had previously wrote, "The Office of the Solicitor General government had already conceded that the Fifth Circuit was on the wrong end of a ten-to-one circuit split on the hypertechnical question presented: `Whether [it] erred in this case in holding that it has no jurisdiction to review petitioner’s request that the Board of Immigration Appeals equitably toll the ninety-day deadline on his motion to reopen as a result of ineffective assistance of counsel.'”
The only lawyer defending the decision below was Beck Redden LLP associate William Peterson — whom the Court appointed as an amicus.