Friday, August 19, 2011

Ren v. Holder (9th Cir. - August 19, 2011)

It's an immigration decision authored by Judge Reinhardt.  So, predictably, it . . . denies the alien's petition.

What?!  As Michael Stipe (or the petitioner here) might say:  It's the end of the world as we know it.  Though the petitioner, unlike Stipe, probably doesn't feel fine about that.

Sure, Judge Reinhardt makes a lot of caveats and drops a lot of footnotes that are pro-petitioner in most cases.  That's to be expected.  But that a Reinhardt immigration opinion ends with "Petition Denied" isn't what you expect when you first start reading.

Old dog.  New tricks.