OPENING LINES OF JUDGMENTS: “DUMB, DUMB, DUMB”: “WE SHOULD AVOID DOING DUMB THINGS. ESPECIALLY ONES THAT ARE DUMB”
I often do an annual review of opening lines of judgments. This review has never had any jurisdictional limits. For that reason I am able to review the judgment yesterday of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Orellana -v- Barr . This is a concurring judgment by Judge Owens.
This was a petition for a review of the Board of Immigration Appeals. The decision was that a conviction for criminal stalking is a crime of moral turpitude and therefore made the appellant removable. The court held that it was. Judge Owens delivered a concurring judgment, albeit that he was not pleased with the outcome.