Category Archives: Tenth Circuit

Tenth Circuit Judge Paul Kelly to take senior status.

The U.S. Courts’ list of future judicial vacancies now indicates that Tenth Circuit Judge Paul Kelly will take senior status on a date yet to be announced. Judge Kelly was appointed to the Tenth Circuit in 1991 by President George … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit upholds New Mexico’s challenge to DOI Indian gaming regulations

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires states to negotiate in good faith with Indian tribes who seek to establish a gaming compact with the state, and sets forth procedures for the negotiation process, including mediation. Ultimately, if the parties are … Continue reading

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10th Circuit denies rehearing in case involving student essay that criticized lesbianism

I am reliably informed that the Tenth Circuit has denied the petition for rehearing en banc filed by a student who sued the University of New Mexico for First Amendment violations as a result of actions allegedly taken against her … Continue reading

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10th Circuit rejects Osage tribal members’ claim that trust accounting should have covered longer time period

In Fletcher v. United States, the Tenth Circuit (in an opinion by Judge Paul Kelly) rejected claims by members of the Osage Tribe of Oklahoma that the district court improperly limited the government’s obligation to perform an accounting of revenues … Continue reading

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10th Circuit rejects UNM student’s First Amendment claim over anti-lesbian essay

At the end of March, the Tenth Circuit rejected a student’s claim that the University of New Mexico and two of its employees violated her First Amendment rights by actions they took in response to an essay she wrote criticizing … Continue reading

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New Mexico’s own Judge Harris Hartz on Justice Gorsuch

In this article by Zoe Tillman of Buzzfeed, Tenth Circuit Judge Harris Hartz of New Mexico discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch and defends his record.

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Roundup of links discussing the Gorsuch nomination

As you have doubtless heard by now, President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, of our very own Tenth Circuit, to fill the Supreme Court seat held by Justice Antonin Scalia until his death last February. About five years ago … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit upholds lawyer’s conviction for tax evasion

Today the Tenth Circuit upheld a Kansas lawyer’s conviction for tax evasion, rejecting his arguments that insufficient evidence was presented to prove an “affirmative act” designed to conceal or mislead, and insufficient evidence to prove willfulness. Here the defendant named … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit: Hot dispute over Hatch chile trademark case leads to ruling that documents may be obtained from non-parties without a deposition

It’s an understatement to say that chile peppers are an important part of New Mexico’s cuisine and culture. And, as the Tenth Circuit said last week in El Encanto, Inc. v. Hatch Chile Company, Inc., New Mexico’s “Hatch Valley may … Continue reading

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10th Circuit declines to revisit Utah polygamy decision

Today the Tenth Circuit denied a petition for en banc review in Brown v. Buhman, the challenge to Utah’s anti-bigamy statute brought by reality television star Kody Brown and his four “sister wives.” Last month, the Tenth Circuit found that … Continue reading

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