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9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Have Remote En Banc Broadcast

By Tanya Roth, Esq. | Last updated on

For those who can’t make it to the Pasadena courthouse, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that it will have remote showings of four en banc hearings later this month.

The cases will be broadcast, via live video and audio feed, from the Pasadena courthouse. They will be viewable at the James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco, the U.S. Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and the William K. Nakamura Courthouse in Seattle, Washington.

Public access to the viewing will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

En banc courts consist of eleven judges rather than a smaller panel of three. Such means are used to resolve intra-circuit cases and exceptionally important legal questions (as deemed by the court).

The four cases from Pasadena are the following:

  1. United States v. Havelock: In this case, the defendant is appealing his conviction by jury. He was convicted of mailing threatening communications to press organizations. The threats were against persons in the vicinity of the 2008 Superbowl. This case will be heard on June 21, at 10 a.m.
  2. Gonzalez v. State of Arizona: Here, the plaintiff is appealing a summary judgment and bench trial judgment which denied declaratory and injunctive relief to bar enforcement of certain provisions of the Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. The case will be heard on June 21, at 2:00 p.m.
  3. United States v. Leal-Felix: The case involves an appeal of a sentence imposed by a district court after a guilty plea for illegal reentry by a deported alien. The case will be heard on June 22, at 10:00 a.m.
  4. Trinidad y Garcia v. Benov, Warden: The case involves a warden who is appealing to the court on the District Court's granting of a habeas corpus petition of Hedelito Trinidad y Garcia. Garcia is challenging his detention and is facing extradition to the Phillipines on a kidnapping charge.

For a complete schedule of cases, please visit the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals homepage.

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