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Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-1138 M.D. Ala. Nov 12, 2014
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Mar 25, 2015 5-4 Breyer OT 2014

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Issue: Whether Alabama’s effort to redraw the lines of each majority-black district to have the same black population as it would have using 2010 census data as applied to the former district lines, when combined with the state's new goal of significantly reducing population deviation among districts, amounted to an unconstitutional racial quota and racial gerrymandering that is subject to strict scrutiny and that was not justified by the putative interest of complying with the non-retrogression aspect of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and whether these plaintiffs have standing to bring such a constitutional claim.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Mar 14 2014Statement as to jurisdiction filed. (Response due April 21, 2014)
Apr 21 2014Motion to dismiss or affirm filed by appellees Alabama, et al.
May 5 2014Reply of appellants Alabama Democratic Conference, et al. filed.
May 6 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 22, 2014.
May 27 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 29, 2014.
Jun 2 2014PROBABLE JURISDICTION NOTED limited to Question 1 presented by the statement as to jurisdiction. Probable jurisdiction is noted in No. 13-895 limited to Question 2 presented by the statement as to jurisdiction. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument.
Jul 10 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the appellees.
Jul 22 2014The time to file the joint appendix and appellants' briefs on the merits is extended to and including August 13, 2014.
Jul 22 2014The time to file appellees' briefs on the merits is extended to and including October 9, 2014.
Aug 5 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for appellants Alabama Democratic Conferenc, et al.
Aug 13 2014Joint appendix filed. VIDED. (Statement of costs filed)
Aug 13 2014Brief of appellants Alabama Democratic Conference, et al. filed.
Aug 13 2014Proposal of appellant to lodge copies of affidavit of Joe L. Reed.
Aug 18 2014Opposition of appellees to appellants' lodging proposal.
Aug 20 2014Brief amicus curiae of the United States in support of neither party filed. VIDED.
Aug 20 2014Brief amicus curiae of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in support of neither party filed. VIDED.
Aug 20 2014Brief amici curiae of Professors Ronald Keith Gaddie, et al. in support of neither party filed.
Aug 20 2014Brief amicus curiae of NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. filed. VIDED.
Aug 20 2014Brief amici curiae of North Carolina Litigants filed. VIDED.
Aug 20 2014Brief amicus curiae of The Brennan Center for Justice at N.Y.U. School of Law filed. VIDED.
Aug 20 2014Brief amicus curiae of Anti-Defamation League filed.
Sep 4 2014SET FOR ARGUMENT on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. VIDED
Sep 4 2014Appellants' reply to appellees opposition to appellants' lodging proposal.
Sep 8 2014Record requested for U.S.D.C. for Middle District of Alabama.
Sep 9 2014The Record received from U.S.D.C. for Middle District of Alabama is electronic and located on PACER.
Sep 19 2014CIRCULATED
Sep 24 2014Application (14A335) to file a consolidated appellees' brief on the merits in excess of the word limit, submitted to Justice Thomas. VIDED
Oct 9 2014Brief of appellees Alabama, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Oct 15 2014Motion for divided argument filed by appellants. VIDED.
Oct 15 2014Motion of the Solicitor General for enlargement of time for oral argument, for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, and for divided argument filed. VIDED.
Oct 16 2014Brief amici curiae of Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Oct 16 2014Brief amici curiae of Pacific Legal Foundation, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Oct 16 2014Brief amicus curiae of Dalton J. Oldham filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Oct 28 2014Reply of appellants Alabama Democratic Conference, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Oct 30 2014Proposal of counsel for the appellees to lodge copies of the complaint in Figgs, et al. v. Quitman County, et al. VIDED
Oct 31 2014Motion for divided argument filed by appellants GRANTED.
Oct 31 2014Motion of the Solicitor General for enlargement of time for oral argument, for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, and for divided argument GRANTED and the time is to be divided as follows: 30 minutes for appellants, 30 minutes for appellees, and 10 minutes for the United States as amicus curiae. VIDED
Nov 12 2014Argued. For appellants in 13-895: Eric Schnapper, Seattle, Wash. For appellants in 13-1138: Richard Pildes, New York, N. Y. For United States, as amicus curiae: Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. For appellees: Andrew L. Brasher, Solicitor General, Montgomery, Ala.
Nov 13 2014Letter of appellants Alabama Democratic Conference, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Dec 31 2014The Clerk has approved appellants' lodging proposal of August 11, 2014. Copies of Joe L. Reed's affidavit lodged. (Distributed)
Mar 25 2015Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED. Breyer, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Scalia, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Roberts, C. J., and Thomas and Alito, JJ., joined. Thomas, J., filed a dissenting opinion.
 
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