Two high-profile cases to be heard next week by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be available for Internet viewing via live video streaming from the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco.
On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m., the court will hear oral arguments in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. State of California
, in which the state appeals the summary judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in favor of Big Lagoon Rancheria, an Indian reservation near Eureka. The lower court determined that the state violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by failing to negotiate in good faith for a tribal-state gaming compact.
On Thursday,September 18, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m., the court will hear oral arguments in USA v. Barry Bonds
, in which the former professional baseball star appeals his conviction of one count of obstruction of justice following trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. A jury found Bonds guilty of giving intentionally evasive, false, or misleading testimony to a grand jury investigating illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs and related financial crimes.
Public seating in the courtroom for these cases will be extremely limited and likely to be quickly filled. The court strongly encourages
interested persons to watch the proceedings online. To access the live video stream, visit the court website – www.ca9.uscourts.gov – and click on the link under the beige-colored bar labeled “Live Oral Arguments.” Streaming will commence a few minutes prior to the start of the proceedings.
The Blue Lagoon Rancheria
cases will be heard by en banc courts of 11 judges, rather than the normal three-judge panel. En banc courts are used to resolve intra-circuit case conflicts and legal questions deemed by the court to be of exceptional importance. Less than 20 cases per year typically receive en banc review.
En banc courts also will be convened next week for two other cases, which also will be video streamed:Aircraft Service Int'l v. Working Washington
, in which aircraft service workers and others appeal a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington under the Railway Labor Act, prohibiting a strike at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Oral arguments are scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m.; andRoberto Maldonado v. Eric Holder, Jr.
, in which a Mexican citizen petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' denial of his application for deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture. Oral arguments are scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m.