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Reyes Mata v. Lynch

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-185 5th Cir. Apr 29, 2015
Tr.Aud.
Jun 15, 2015 8-1 Kagan OT 2014

Holding: A court of appeals has jurisdiction to review the rejection by the Board of Immigration Appeals of a non-citizen’s motion to reopen, even when the Board rejects the motion as untimely or it rejects a motion requesting equitable tolling of the time limit.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Kagan on June 15, 2015. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Aug 14 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 17, 2014)
Sep 17 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including October 17, 2014.
Oct 9 2014Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including November 17, 2014.
Nov 17 2014Brief of respondent Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General filed.
Dec 2 2014Reply of petitioner Noel Reyes Mata filed.
Dec 3 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 9, 2015.
Jan 12 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 16, 2015.
Jan 13 2015Record received from U.S.C.A. 5th Circuit. The record is electronic.
Jan 16 2015Petition GRANTED. William Peterson, Esquire, of Houston, Texas, is invited to brief and argue this case, as amicus curiae, in support of the judgment below.
Feb 27 2015Deferred appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)
Feb 27 2015Brief of petitioner Noel Reyes Mata filed.
Feb 27 2015Brief of respondent Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General supporting reversal and remand filed.
Mar 5 2015Brief amicus curiae of National Immigrant Justice Center filed.
Mar 6 2015SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Mar 6 2015Brief amici curiae of The American Immigration Council, et al. filed.
Mar 16 2015CIRCULATED.
Mar 30 2015Brief of Court-appointed amicus curiae in support of the judgment below filed. (Distributed)
Apr 6 2015Motion for divided argument filed by respondent Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General.
Apr 17 2015Motion for divided argument filed by respondent GRANTED.
Apr 21 2015Reply of respondent Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General filed. (Distributed)
Apr 22 2015Reply of petitioner Noel Reyes Mata filed. (Distributed)
Apr 29 2015Argued. For petitioner: Mark C. Fleming, Boston, Mass. For respondent in support of reversal and remand: Anthony A. Yang, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. For amicus curiae in support of judgment below: William R. Peterson, Houston, Tex. (Appointed by this Court.)
Jun 15 2015Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Kagan, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, and Sotomayor, JJ., joined. Thomas, J., filed a dissenting opinion.
Jul 17 2015JUDGMENT ISSUED.
 
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