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On December 13, 2012, attorneys Kris Kobach and Garrett Roe attended oral arguments in the cases of Martinez v. City of Fremont and Keller v. City of Fremont before a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Kris Kobach argued for the City of Fremont.
Representing the landlord and tenant plaintiffs were attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Also arguing against the City was an attorney for the United States Department of Justice.
On July 23, 2012 IRLI filed an important legal brief, ordered by the Third Circuit, explaining how the recent Arizona v. United States (SB 1070 decision) impacts the legal arguments in Lozano v. City of Hazleton, the landmark lawsuit challenging local immigration enforcement ordinances. On appeal by IRLI, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 vacated a lower ruling against the Pennsylvania city of Hazleton, shortly after its first ruling upholding Arizona’s immigration enforcement laws, in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting. Access the IRLI letter brief below.
IRLI attorneys Kris Kobach and Garrett Roe have filed an important legal brief in the ongoing legal defense of the employer licensing and anti-harboring ordinances, enacted by a Fremont, Nebraska citizen initiative in June, 2010. The consolidated cases are Martinez v. City of Fremont and Keller v. City of Fremont. The City's 125 page brief, dated July 10, 2012, can be downloaded below.
On May 24, 2012, IRLI filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting review of a March 24, 2012 opinion by the Third Circuit which upheld the dismissal of Delrio-Mocci v. Connolly Properties Inc., IRLI’s 2007 civil racketeering (RICO) case that seeks sanctions against a New Jersey slumlord for knowingly renting apartments to illegal aliens, which the lawsuit claims constituted conspiracy to commit the immigration crimes of harboring and encouraging and inducing. 8 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and (iv).