Date Set For USA v. Arizona Round IIJuly 31, 2010 - 8:53 AM | by: Lee Ross
The next major showdown over Arizona’s controversial immigration law that was largely invalidated by a federal judge this week will take place the first week of November in San Francisco.
The order from the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is a minor defeat for Arizona which had wanted to expedite its appeal in an attempt to fully enforce its law designed to crack down on illegal immigrants. The schedule outlined by the Ninth Circuit mirrors the one Justice Department lawyers asked for in opposing Arizona’s efforts to speed up the appeals process.
Under the rules of the court, the names of the three judges who will hear the case will be announced approximately one week before oral arguments. There are 47 judges on the Ninth Circuit which covers nine western states. The three who will ultimately hear the case will be randomly selected.
San Francisco is the headquarters of the Ninth Circuit and its courtrooms usually host appeals that come from Arizona’s federal courts.
Arizona’s initial brief to the Ninth Circuit is due August 26 and the federal government’s response is expected to be filed no later than September 23.