Monday, July 18, 2005

Tan v. Runnels (9th Cir. - July 7, 2005)

This is actually a pretty good "know your Ninth Circuit judges" test. Start reading this opinion on page 7900, which is where the analysis begins. Make sure that you don't glance at the second and third pages of the opinion, which tell you who authoried it.

The panel is Schroeder (a moderate liberal who's conservative on criminal issues), Pregerson (a leftie), and Trott (a right-winger). All agree on the result, and all join the opinion. Can you tell by the analysis, rhetoric, and style of the opinion who wrote it?

Darn tooting you can.