Link to the Opinion of the three Judge panel filed on August 9, 2019, overturning the Judgement of the District Court.
For the proceedings of the District Court that overturned the Indian Child Welfare Act, please refer to my previous thread from 2018.
On August 9, 2019, a three Judge panel of the Fifth Circuit overturned the judgement of the District Court. United States Circuit Judge James L. Dennis wrote for the majority, joined by Senior United States Circuit Judge Jacques L. Weiner Jr. United States Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen wrote an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part from the majority decision, her dissent relating primarily to the anti-commandeering claims.
However, on November 7, 2019, the 5th Circuit granted en banc reconsideration, as per the link above. This action immediately vacated the judgement of the three Judge panel and for the moment restores the judgement of the District Court. We do not know what the vote was or how the Judges voted, other than a majority voted to grant en banc reconsideration. All we do know is that Judge Ho is recused.
Oral arguments have been held and the case has been briefed, so now we await the decision.
Below is the list of Judges, (excepting Ho) who are participating in the en banc reconsideration.
|77||Chief Judge||Priscilla Owen||Austin, TX||1954||2005–present||2019–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|63||Circuit Judge||Edith Jones||Houston, TX||1949||1985–present||2006–2012||—||Reagan|
|64||Circuit Judge||Jerry Edwin Smith||Houston, TX||1946||1987–present||—||—||Reagan|
|71||Circuit Judge||Carl E. Stewart||Shreveport, LA||1950||1994–present||2012–2019||—||Clinton|
|73||Circuit Judge||James L. Dennis||New Orleans, LA||1936||1995–present||—||—||Clinton|
|78||Circuit Judge||Jennifer Walker Elrod||Houston, TX||1966||2007–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|79||Circuit Judge||Leslie H. Southwick||Jackson, MS||1950||2007–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|80||Circuit Judge||Catharina Haynes||Dallas, TX||1963||2008–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|81||Circuit Judge||James E. Graves Jr.||Jackson, MS||1953||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|82||Circuit Judge||Stephen A. Higginson||New Orleans, LA||1961||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|83||Circuit Judge||Gregg Costa||Houston, TX||1972||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|84||Circuit Judge||Don Willett||Austin, TX||1966||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|85||Circuit Judge||James C. Ho||Dallas, TX||1973||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|86||Circuit Judge||Kyle Duncan||Baton Rouge, LA||1972||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|87||Circuit Judge||Kurt D. Engelhardt||New Orleans, LA||1960||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|88||Circuit Judge||Andy Oldham||Austin, TX||1978||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|67||Senior Circuit Judge||Jacques L. Wiener Jr.||New Orleans, LA||1934||1990–2010||2010–present||G.H.W. Bush|
I have no idea how the en banc 5th Circuit will rule.
I do expect that the Supreme Court will weigh in on this regardless of how it finally turns out at the 5th Circuit. And if the en banc 5th Circuit strikes the law down, the chance of Supreme Court review rises to just about 100%.