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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether the First Amendment prohibits a state from criminalizing threats to commit violence communicated in reckless disregard of the risk of placing another in fear, whether a guilty plea waives a challenge on appeal to the denial of a defendant’s…
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Relist Watch: 100 years of solitude

John Elwood briefly reviews Monday’s relists. Wow. It’s been a long week. As if the coronavirus weren’t enough all on its own, there’s fresh news of other disasters. By which I mean parents everywhere realizing their wish they could spend more time with their families might actually be coming true. My forecast last week that…
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No new grants, but a rebuke for the 5th Circuit

Last Friday, the justices had their regularly scheduled private conference. According to the court’s Public Information Office, the meeting was a departure from their normal format: Following Center for Disease Control guidelines to combat the spread of the coronavirus, only Chief Justice John Roberts was actually in the justices’ conference room, with the rest of…
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A note on certiorari deadlines under the court’s new procedures

As reported on this blog and Howe on the Court, the Supreme Court has issued an order extending the deadline for filing a petition for a writ of certiorari to 150 days from the lower court’s judgment. The prior deadline had been 90 days. Those intending to file a petition, however, should note that the…
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Court extends filing deadlines in response to coronavirus

In the past week, the coronavirus has prompted the Supreme Court to close its building to the public and postpone its March argument session, which was slated to begin on March 23. Today the justices responded again to the emergency created by the virus and its impact on U.S. workplaces by issuing an order that…
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Relist Watch in the Time of Cholera

John Elwood briefly reviews Monday’s relists This week’s installment of Relist Watch will be unlike any one you’ve ever read. Most of them read like they were written by some unshaven lout in his basement wearing sweatpants. By contrast, this one actually was written by an unshaven lout in his basement wearing sweatpants. So while…
petitions-of-the-week

Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel includes the right to a plea offer that was never made; whether a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to subpoena service providers and force them to turn over the…
petitions-of-the-week

Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether the First Amendment and strict scrutiny apply to subject-matter restrictions on ballot initiatives, whether officers can presume that a person is “armed and presently dangerous” simply because the person possesses any amount of marijuana, and whether the Individuals with Disabilities…
petitions-of-the-week

Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether the burden of persuasion in qualified immunity cases should be on the plaintiff or on the defendant, whether the due process clause is violated when the prosecution relies on material, perjured testimony to secure a conviction but did not…
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Relist Watch (Updated)

John Elwood briefly reviews Monday’s relists. Editor’s note: This post has been updated with a discussion and note of two additional new relists: Avery v. United States, 19-633, and Kelly v. White, 19-264. For the second week running, the Supremes cleared out a metric ton of relists. Because we love success stories, in discussing last…