An Unusually Short Long Conference

The Supreme Court released an order list from yesterday’s Long Conference and, in a surprising move, it granted only seven cases. That number is the lowest since I began recording Supreme Court statistics in 2003. Here is the breakdown for recent years: However, the Court may have felt less pressure to grant cases at the [...]

Last week, the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project filed two Petitions for Writ of Certiorari. Both seek reversal of decisions from the Supreme Court of Georgia. Brown v. Georgia (11-6382) McClarin v. Georgia (11-6455) On a related note, I promise to begin publishing real posts again now that my first big wave of [...]

Even though I should be hard at work on the two amicus briefs that my organization is currently working on, I’ve still found time recently to roam about the internet following bizarre Supreme Court memes. The most interesting thing that I’ve found recently is an article on the perennial debate over the correct pronunciation of [...]

The Supreme Court today refused to grant cert. in Mukasey v. ACLU, challenging the Child Online Protection Act of 1998. After several trips to the Supreme Court, the District Court most recently struck the law down for being impermissibly vague and not at all narrowly tailored to meet a compelling interest. The District Court found [...]

The Supreme Court accepted six new cases and placed them on expedited review so that they can be heard in the April sitting. You can find the orders list here. The Court can hear, on average, 12 cases per sitting (2 cases per day over 6 days.) As it currently stands, the Court has accepted [...]

The Supreme Court will meet for conference today and is likely to an unknown number of cert petitions later this afternoon. Their reason for announcing granted cases today, as opposed to releasing them on Monday with the other orders, is that the court would like to hear those cases in April and the Justices would [...]

Opinions Expected on Tuesday

The court will hand down the remaining orders from last week’s conference today. The next day during which opinions might be released is Tuesday.

The Court today accepted four new cases including a potentially landmark voting rights case. The cases will almost certainly be heard in April and you can see the orders list here. The court put each of the cases on a expedited brief schedule in order to fit the cases on to the April session from [...]

At conference on Friday, the Court is likely to accept a case or two and expedite the schedule to hear those cases during the April sitting. Because of the shortened time for preparation, the Court might opt to announce the accepted cases on Friday and release the remaining orders on Monday. Tom Goldstein and co. [...]

Howard Friedman reports on his blog, Religion Clause, that a cert. petition has been filed in Oliver v. Quarterman, a case revolving around whether or not a juror’s use of the bible constitutes grounds for a mistrial. Khristian Oliver claims that a juror member’s reading of the bible during a case represents an ‘external influence,’ [...]



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