Wednesday, March 02, 2005

U.S. v. Younger (9th Circuit - March 1, 2005)

I wish all Ninth Circuit opinions were like this one. Judge Jones -- a senior district judge in Oregon sitting by designation -- upholds a criminal conviction here notwithstanding some misconduct by the prosecutor and an ambiguous request for counsel by the defendant. The opinion is balanced, written carefully, and reaches (in my mind) the right result, and does so in a fair and dispassionate manner. Moreover, from everything in the opinion, it appears that the district judge -- Judge Chesney -- resolved the case below in the same professional manner.

Mandatory reading for all Ninth Circuit judges-to-be.